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Belite Altimeter App - with Humidity!

radiant-altimeter-app-iosSharp-eyed readers will figure out quickly that I am no longer at Sun 'n Fun in Florida - while I might have taken the picture in an airplane at 4406' msl, its unlikely that I'd find a relative Humidity of 16.9" anywhere in Florida - at any time of the year! But the little red …


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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.

Legacy Act

Legacy Act

Marc Cook takes a close look at Erik Larson’s Legacy and finds out why Lancair’s rework of its seminal 200-235-320-360 design is as swoon-worthy as its predecessors.

Zenith 750 Cruzer

Zenith 750 Cruzer

Zenith 750 Cruzer: Civilizing the 750 for the asphalt crowd. By Paul Dye.

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Are you Ready for AirVenture!?

¬† Ok, so maybe you want to wait until your spot in Homebuilt Camping dries out just a little bit... but Oshkosh is a great place to visit, even when the snow is a foot deep where you'd like to be parking your homebuilt. Granted, this isn't how the Chamber of Commerce would like you …

Kitplanes Editor in Chief and Former NASA Flight Director to Speak at EAA Museum

Paul Dye, NASA flight directorBefore Paul Dye signed on as the Editor in Chief of Kitplanes Magazine, he was longest-tenured flight director in NASA history. As part of the EAA Aviation Museum's Aviation Adventure Speaker Series, Paul will be presenting about his career and aviation experiences on Thursday, April 19. His entire life has revolved around flight - from …

Mojave Experiemental Fly-In 2018

The 6th Annual Mojave Experimental Fly-In (MEFI)--a two day event at the Mojave Air & Spaceport in Mojave, CA is this weekend, April 20-21, 2018. Fly-in or walk-in, all airplanes welcome. Bring the kids! Discounted fuel on Saturday, April 21. Flour Bomb & Spot Landing Contests - April 20 Location: Mojave Air & Spaceport (MASP …

Postcards from Sun 'n Fun

Lockwood DrifterAs the show draws to a close, we too are concluding our coverage of Sun 'n Fun 2018 with a set of snapshots photographer Mariano Rosales took while roaming the grounds. In upcoming issues of Kitplanes Magazine we will have detailed articles about the planes we flew, products we tested, and the interesting people we …

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Understanding Lithium Batteries

Kathy and Reg Nicoson of EarthX, Inc. explain what you need to know. By Jared Yates.

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.

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.

Industry news

New Integrated Flight Deck For Experimentals from BendixKing

BendixKing XVue TouchWith little fanfare, at Sun 'n Fun 2018 BendixKing was showing its new XVue Touch integrated flight deck for experimental aircraft. Priced at $5499, the XVue Touch system has a high-resolution (near 4K graphics) 10.1-inch WUXGA color display with split-screen capability. The coated glass used on the display is anti-scratch, anti-glare and anti-smudge. The tech …

Lancair Mako Turbo arrives at Sun 'n Fun 2018

Lancair Mako on approachLancair's newest high-performance composite aircraft arrived in Florida this week for the annual Sun N Fun exhibition. Adding an intercooled twin-turbo Lycoming TIO-540 powerplant to the capable 4-place airframe results in a cruise speed increase of some 30 knots or more. Featuring the lowest drag, longest range and highest useful load in its class, the …

New iOS App from RADIANT

Radiant iOS appRADIANT Technology LLC (a Belite Company) has developed and released its first IOS App for iPhone / iPad. It is now available in the Apple App Store for $19.99. Named "Precision Altimeter," it provides a comprehensive set of pressure based backup instruments for any pilot, including Altimeter and Vertical Speed (VSI).¬†Every iPhone from the 6 …


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NASA to Study Effects of Supersonic Flight Noise on Communities
NASA will be conducting a series of supersonic flights to gauge future community response to the noise signature of its Low-Boom Flight...

FAA Will Issue AD for CFM Engines
In the wake of the uncontained engine failure that killed a passenger on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 earlier this week, the FAA has announced...

FAA Reauthorization Bill Introduced
New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives that, if passed, would authorize funding for the FAA until 2023....

NTSB: ERAU Crash An In-flight Breakup
The NTSB is officially calling the fatal crash at Embry-Riddle earlier this month an in-flight breakup, although its report thus far is only...

Aero: Piper Announces Diesel Seminole
As Piper rides a wave of trainer aircraft demand, it announced at Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany, that it will offer a diesel version of its...

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Darrell Anderson VanAfter on-and-off construction started in November, 1991, N144DV took to the air on July 4, 2016. (Yes, that's 25 years into a 3-year project!) A little over a year later, with only 50 hours on the Hobbs, I flew it from Montana to Oshkosh AirVenture 2017. I was honored to be awarded a Bronze Lindy …
Dave Armando Kitfox Speedster Model VAfter 6 years of building my 2001 Kitfox Speedster Model V was flown. Equipped with a Jabiru 3300 120 hp 6 cylinder, swinging an IVO medium constant speed prop, my own designed smoke system, Grove gear, Maule tail wheel, removable wing tips with a fishing pole locker inside, Super Bee lithium battery for weight reduction, …
Dave Armando Rotorway-162F helicopterAfter 600 hours of build time my 2008 Rotorway 162F helicopter departed the earth. First flight was from my driveway after pushing it out of the garage. I have great neighbors! Some modifications include my own designed 6 gal aux fuel tank using DOT approved Harley Davison 1200 motorcycle tanks that works by gravity, AirMark's …

Dynon Avionics' latest-generation SkyView integrated avionics called the SkyView HDX has a newly designed bezel and user controls for easier use while flying in turbulence, plus brighter displays and a reworked touch interface. Larry Anglisano takes a product tour of the HDX with Dynon's Michael Schoefield in this video.
At 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.
The 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.
At 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.
Kit 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.
Whether 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.
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