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It Flies!

Tundra-first-flight-1With a fresh airworthiness certificate in hand, pre-fight inspections complete, and gorgeous spring weather (cool with no winds) in the Smith Valley, there was nothing left to do with the Tundra but take her up for the maiden voyage. It has been Louise’ and my great pleasure to help our partner, Jim Kinninger bring his […]

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Sling Shot

Sling Shot

From initial climb performance to Chuck-Yeager-like landings, the Sling 2 reveals its designer’s emphasis on handling. By Marc Cook.

Sam LS

Sam LS

Retro look for fun flying. By Kevin Horton.

Firewall Forward: Fuel Systems

Firewall Forward: Fuel Systems

Simplicity is key in a good fuel system, but there’s a lot to consider when creating even an uncomplicated setup, from primers to sniffle valves to gascolators. By Dave Prizio.


Lycoming iE2 Evolution = Great Numbers

EVO IE2-1In an earlier post from the Mojave Experimental Fly-In we mentioned Kevin Eldredge, Director of Business Development for the Lancair Evolution, was beating the drum concerning the fine combination the Evolution and the computer-controlled Lycoming iE2 540 engine make. But we didn’t have the numbers in that post. Now we do. To get right to […]

Mojave Experimental Award Winners

Mojave award winners received novel illuminated trophies. From left: Dick Rutan, Kevin Eldridge, Andrew Findlay, Rian Johnson, Tom Siegler, Joe Coraggio and speaker James Brown.To foster innovation the Mojave Experimental Fly-In recognizes achievement following the Fly-In’s moto: Design. Build. Test. Additionally, the Experimenter of the Year is announced, along with the Best Attempt award for achievement or project development that may not have yet reached its goal but is noteworthy nonetheless. The 2016 winners were announced tonight at an […]

Savier Non-Stop

Klaus Savier and his determined Long EZ.Our headline might sound like a Kraftwerk song title, but it captures the essence of Klaus Savier’s recent non-stop coast-to-coast flight. Lacking meaningful tailwinds Savier wasn’t trying to set a speed record, simply getting to the Sun & Fun fly-in, along with visiting friends at the Spruce Creek Airpark in Florida were the impetus for […]

Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2016

Elliott Seguin scoots his crowd-drawing turbine-powered Quickie into its display position. Seguin was able to taxi the fully-functional jet Quickie but was awaiting a Letter of Authorization for a multi-engine turbine taildragger from the FAA. Actually the requirements are for a multi-engine ticket and a type rating, which, you might imagine, is taking a few days to sort out. One of the PBS TJ40 drone engines is visible in front of the “TEST” signage; it makes 85 lbs of thrust, and calculations show the airframe could reach VNE with just one engine. Experimental fans continue to make the Mojave Experimental Fly-In an anticipated event on the west coast. Even with minimal publicity and in the face of sometimes blustery north winds, the Experimental Fly-In drew an impressively large crowd today. Almost all attending were fly-in participants eager to eyeball interesting airplanes and meet the people behind them […]

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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.

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Aircraft Spruce East Annual Customer Appreciation Day

CAD-EAST-PHOTOSAircraft Spruce East will host its annual event on Saturday, May 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The distribution center is located at 452 Dividend Drive in Peachtree City, Georgia beside Falcon Field (KFFC). Aircraft Spruce will host representatives from a number of leading aviation products to demonstrate and discuss the benefits of their […]

Wag-Aero Introduces New Online Catalog

wag-aero_catalogWag-Aero announced the launch of their new Digital Catalog which can be accessed via smart phone, tablet or computer. Shop the entire catalog and see an extensive selection of quality aircraft parts and services with same day shipping on most items.

Garmin Introduces Major Enhancements to Garmin Pilot iOS

aera 660 IntegrationGarmin announced new enhancements made available within the Garmin Pilot app for iOS mobile devices. Pilots flying around the globe, including Europe, are now offered the option of filing VFR flight plans for free directly with the country Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) with a Garmin Pilot subscription. Additional features for iOS include a flight profile […]

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NAFI Founder Jack Eggspuehler, 86, Dies
The National Association of Flight Instructors announced on Monday that the group's founder, Jack Jay Eggspuehler, died on April 30. He was 86...

NASM Celebrates 40th With Open House
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C., will stay open all night on Friday, July 1, to celebrate the building's 40th...

Short Final
Recently, on flight following above Santa Barbara on a beautifully clear afternoon, approach was uncomfortably quiet. After several minutes of...

Hoverboard Record Shattered
A French Jet Ski racer has claimed a new record for hoverboard endurance with a flight that covered 1.4 miles. Guinness World Records confirmed...

FAA Taking Its Time On ADS-B Equipage
If the increasingly strident messages from the FAA about ADS-B equipage have you feeling the slightest pangs of guilt that you haven't written the...

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Dynon-SkyView-SE-videoAt Sun 'n Fun 2016, Dynon continued to push into the world of non-certified avionics with its SkyView SE, a less expensive version of its popular SkyView EFIS system. Paul Bertorelli prepared this video report.
garmin-g5-videoThe G5 is a self-contained electronic flight instrument, which can be interfaced with Garmin's G3X/Touch avionics and autopilot for backup and flight instrument redundancy. The GMA245 and remote GMA245R Bluetooth audio panels have advanced entertainment input functions and onscreen programming.
SuperSTOL-videoAt Sun 'n Fun 2016, Just Aircraft is showing off its new Titan-powered SuperSTOL XL. Harrison Smith took Paul Bertorelli for a half-day demo flight in the new airplane, and here's his video report.
zenith-360-degree-videoKit manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company has released a new 360-degree VR short video to showcase its kit aircraft and to promote the rewarding hobby of kit aircraft building and flying light-sport aircraft.
audio-panels-thmWhether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
Avidyne-440 videoLarry Anglisano along with Avidyne's Tom Harper show how to transition from an existing GNS430W to a slide-in IFD440, including configuration and setup of the new Bluetooth keyboard.
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