Do you recognize this Homebuilder? I ran into this old NASA coworker at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio this past week. Joe Engle (Maj Gen, USAF, Ret.) was in town to watch them roll one of “his” old airplanes into the brand new building at the museum (so new that we all […]
Electric Light Sport Aircraft are few and far between, owing primarily to the heavy batteries eating into LSA weight restrictions. The Alternair Amp is poised to change all that. By Dean Sigler.
Marc Cook takes a close look at Erik Larsons Legacy and finds out why Lancairs rework of its seminal 200-235-320-360 design is as swoon-worthy as its predecessors.
You can begin your aircraft project right nowbefore even deciding on a kit. Here are 10 ways to get ready to build. By Reiff Lorenz.
Sonex Aircraft, in conjunction with the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has established two scholarship programs to further the memory and legacy of lost team members Jeremy Monnett and Mike Clark. The Jeremy T. Monnett Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to graduating high school seniors from Oshkosh, WI public and private high schools who are pursuing […]
If there was an Iron Butt award at the Alternative Engine Conference held at French Valley Airport in Temecula, California, Joe Williams would have been in the running last Saturday. True, he flew his Sonerai II just somewhat over two hours from Casa Grande, Arizona, but in such a diminutive speedster that’s sure to be […]
There’s not a lot “alternative” about a Pietenpol Air Camper with a Corvair engine in it these days. In fact, it’s probably been the norm for this time-honored airframe for a while. But it is an auto conversion, as was the original Model A Ford mill spec’ed in the plans, so the gorgeous example on […]
Last year we reported the “1/2 O-200” Pegasus engine’s technical details. The news at the Alternative Engine Conference this year is the highly-anticipated Pegasus Power DP-1 engine should soon hit the market. How soon? The engine should first take to the skies by the end of October and go on sale at Sebring January 2016. […]
Four-seat homebuilt crosses the Atlantic to show its stuff. By Paul Dye.
With a bigger engine and lighter airframe, CubCrafters Carbon Cub EX kit aircraft takes the Cub experience to a higher plane. By Marc Cook.
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.
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.
Paul Dye argues that there is more between man and machine than just the hardware.
The Rotec-radial-powered Kitfox Super Sport taps into our nostalgia for radial engines but with a modern touch. By Marc Cook.
When Stan Peternels 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.
JPI is offering a new compact, capable engine monitor that is built and priced for the homebuilt market. By Marc Cook.
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.
LeRoy Cook flies Larry Kinders award-winning Mustang II, a fast and fun homage to the legendary P-51 Mustang.
Bush plane? Heck, yeah! Bill Repucci flies Just Aircrafts strong, tough and fun Highlander.
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 todays sport pilot; by LeRoy Cook.
Liquid consumables for the shop. By Eric Stewart.
Repairing a malfunctioning headset may be not only inexpensive, but completely doable. By Jim Weir.
This lazy man's guide removes some of the headaches. Sample weight & balance spreadsheets included.
In our many decades building (wrenching on) airplanes, we’ve run into our fair share of stripped and buggered up screws. Getting them out has always been a challenge – especially since the typical “EZ-Outs” tend to be for bolts and fasteners larger than #6 or #8. So we were excited to give the VamPLIERS a […]
STOL competition highlights festivities at Zenith Open Hangar Day festival The second Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day STOL Competition is set for Friday, the day before official Open Hangar Day at the Mexico, Missouri Airport (KMYJ). On Friday, September 18, those who fly (KMYJ) or drive in to the Zenith factory (1881 Airport Rd, Mexico, […]
On August 27, 2015 the shipping department at Van’s Aircraft Inc. had several orders to fill. By the end of the day, they’d rolled the 937th RV-12 kit empennage package onto the shipping dock, where it was picked up by a customer from Washington State, Richard Bangsund. What’s the significance of “937?” Well, combined with […]
This past week I watched the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show practice from my hangar at KSTS. I was listening to the tower on my handheld. While...
Airline Captain Dies En Route
The captain of an American Airlines A320 died during a flight on Monday from Phoenix to Boston, according to an airline official. Few details have...
AVIC Building GA Industrial Bases In China
China's largest aviation company says it's building the first of 50 aviation "industrial bases" aimed at serving the country's general aviation...
Pilot Faces Jail For Rescue Flight
A helicopter pilot credited with saving the life of an injured hunter in New Zealand is facing a possible jail sentence because he did the flight...
Aviation Industry Wants Carbon Offset Scheme
A blue-chip consortium of aircraft manufacturers, aviation groups and associated industry companies and organizations is calling for a global...
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