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Turbine-Powered RV-10

New light turboprop engines are coming to Experimental & Amateur-Built aviation. By Amy Laboda.

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Light Stuff

Light Stuff

Columnist Roy Beisswenger takes a look at what’s currently available in the foot-launched and wheeled variety of canopy or soft-wing aircraft.

Sam LS

Sam LS

Retro look for fun flying. By Kevin Horton.

Ready to Build?

Ready to Build?

You can begin your aircraft project right now—before even deciding on a kit. Here are 10 ways to get ready to build. By Reiff Lorenz.

First Flight -“Risky Business” Columnist Sid Mayeux

sid-mayeux-rv-victoryWhen one of our regular columnists here at Kitplanes finishes and flies a new airplane, we like to celebrate a little! We received word of just such an event – Sid Mayeux, one of our experts in aviation risk management, has been working diligently on his RV-7A and sent us the following note: Sid and […]

New AC 90-89A (Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook) Issued by FAA

AC 90-89BThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the United States Ultralight Association (USUA), are concerned and committed to improving the safety record of amateur-built and ultralight aircraft. Past FAA Administrator, T. Allen McArtor, and past EAA President, Paul H. Poberezny, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on August 1, […]

2015 Mojave Experimental Fly-In

2015 MEFI Award winners (L to R): Josh and Justin Phillipson, Best Effort; Andy Chiavetta representing the Race 44 Team (Best Overall); Fred Roscher (Best Design), and Andrew Findlay (Best Test and Best Build). Photo: Whitney Brown.Cool planes, World Records, Shiny Trophies [UPDATED with video from the awards ceremony] The third annual Mojave Experimental Fly-In was held Saturday April 18 at the Mojave Air and Space Port. As usual uber-cool ships were everywhere (see Tom Wilson’s photo blog), and the event was preceded Friday by a flour-bomb drop, poker-run and indoor […]

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Sling Goes Big

Four-seat homebuilt crosses the Atlantic to show its stuff. By Paul Dye.

It’s a Cub Thing

With a bigger engine and lighter airframe, CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX kit aircraft takes the Cub experience to a higher plane. By Marc Cook.

Flight Review: Mustang II

When Don Caskey recognized that a passel of his neighbors had built and were flying Mustang IIs, he got the bug and constructed a custom-made version of his own. By Ed Wischmeyer.

SeaRey LSX Amphibian

Progressive Aerodyne has a new version of its kitbuilt amphibian, the SeaRey LSX, and the updates to the design live up to high expectations. By Ed Wischmeyer.

Free Flight

Paul Dye argues that there is more between man and machine than just the hardware.

Kitfox with a Rotec

The Rotec-radial-powered Kitfox Super Sport taps into our nostalgia for radial engines but with a modern touch. By Marc Cook.

SkyView to the Rescue

When Stan Peternel’s Blue Mountain EFIS proved unreliable, he decided to bite the bullet and invest in a Dynon SkyView system. Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the numerous challenges of the retrofit.

Product Review: J.P. Instruments EDM-740

JPI is offering a new compact, capable engine monitor that is built and priced for the homebuilt market. By Marc Cook.

Product Review: PS Engineering PMA5000EX

At its heart, the PMA5000EX is a four-place stereo intercom in an audio panel that supports two each of coms, navs, switching aux inputs, music inputs plus having five unswitched aux inputs and a front-panel input for a music source or cell. By Marc Cook.

Flight Review: Horse Perennial

LeRoy Cook flies Larry Kinder’s award-winning Mustang II, a fast and fun homage to the legendary P-51 Mustang.

Flight Review: Mission Ready

Bush plane? Heck, yeah! Bill Repucci flies Just Aircraft’s strong, tough and fun Highlander.

Zenith STOL CH 750

Changing with the times, Zenith Aircraft has introduced an improved version of a design that debuted some 20 years ago. With a larger payload, more robust landing gear and greater visibility among other features, the CH 750 is tailored for today’s sport pilot; by LeRoy Cook.

A Witch’s Brew

Liquid consumables for the shop. By Eric Stewart.

Aero 'lectrics

Repairing a malfunctioning headset may be not only inexpensive, but completely doable. By Jim Weir.

Calculating Weight and Balance

This lazy man's guide removes some of the headaches. Sample weight & balance spreadsheets included.

Homebuilt Industry News

Rotax Extended Service Terms (R.E.S.T.) for Rotax 912 iS Sport Engine

Rotax 912 iS Sport engine.To celebrate 40 years of Rotax aircraft engines BRP offers the Rotax Extended Service Terms (R.E.S.T.)* free of charge for one year. This offer is valid for all Rotax 912 iS Sport and Rotax 912 iSc Sport engines purchased at an authorized Rotax distributor between April 15, 2015 and December 31, 2015. The “ 1 year or 200 […]

NavWorx ADS600-EXP – Affordable ADS-B Solution and Available Now

NavWorx ADS600-EXP ADS-BNavWorx, Inc. announced an affordable solution for Experimental and LSA aircraft owners with the release of its ADS600-EXP. This announcement came on the heels of the FAA’s ADS-B rule change in February. The FAA concluded that devices must meet the “performance requirements” of TSO-C154c. NavWorx ADS600-EXP is a complete ADS-B solution for experimental and LSA aircraft. […]

Free Garmin Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at Sun-N-Fun 2015

Garmin GTX 330Garmin will provide free software upgrades for Garmin Mode S transponders used in Experimental aircraft at Sun-N-Fun. Just bring your GTX23ES, GTX330, or GTX330ES transponder to the Garmin booth at the northeast corner of the North Hangar building (Hangar D) and they will install V7.04 software into your transponder while you wait. It only takes […]

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Short Final
Last Friday morning, I was en route to Sun 'n Fun. The weather at KLAL prevented canceling IFR and joining the Lake Parker VFR arrival. As I...

FAA Mandates 787 Electrical Reboots
The electrical systems on Boeing 787s need to be shut down and restarted before they reach 248 days of continuous power, the FAA said on Friday, to...

NTSB Says FAA Needs Better Landing Procedures
As part of its investigation into several events when airplanes landed at the wrong airports, the NTSB told the FAA this week it should amend its...

Continental Buys ECI
Continental Motors Group said today that is will purchase Danbury Aerospace, a group of aviation manufacturing companies that includes Engine...

Shape-Changing Wings Successfully Tested
NASA says it has successfully flight-tested wings that can change shape in flight without seams or gaps and is calling it a next-generation...

Best of... Monthly Photo Contest Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
garmin-virb-rv12Van's Aircraft has a new VIRB action camera interface in the RV12 that works with the newly introduced Garmin G3X Touch avionics suite. Larry Anglisano took the system flying at the 2015 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, for a closer look.
rotax-factory-tour-snipWith the 912 iS and new iS Sport engine, Rotax is making gains with new products. Reporting for KITPLANES, Paul Bertorelli visited the factory last summer and produced this video explaining how the engines are built.
subsonex-jet-snipAt AirVenture 2014, our team took a video tour of Sonex Aircraft's new JSX microjet. The company's John Monnett gave us an inside look at the jet's construction and performance.
groppo-trail-snipAt AirVenture 2014, Kitplanes got a look at the Groppo Trail, a new kit and E-LSA.
Rotax 912 iS SportIn April 2014, Kitplanes announced the new 914 iS, specifically tailored for the U.S. market. At the company's Wels, Austria headquarters, Kitplanes took a brief flight demo in an aircraft equipped with the new engine.
Garmin G3XGarmin's G3X glass cockpit for LSA and experimental aircraft has a touchscreen feature set and supports on-screen display and command for the Garmin VIRB action cam, plus it controls the GMC305 flight control/autopilot system.
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