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Homebuilder's Portal


Welcome to THE HOMEBUILDER'S PORTAL by KITPLANES. For 30 years, KITPLANES has been the leader in covering the world of homebuilt aircraft --- airplanes built from kits, plans, or the builder's imagination. When the magazine started, the homebuilder's world was mostly filled with skillful and highly dedicated men who had spent their lives in shops and garages. They built planes to fly around the patch or close to home. Today, thanks to sophisticated kits, robust factory support, improved safety records, and highly capable aircraft options, men and women with very little or even no previous shop experience have built and flown their dream airplane. In recent years, new homebuilt registrations with the FAA have exceeded the addition of new certified airplanes. More and more pilots are recognizing the cost-effectiveness and enhanced flexibility of flying homebuilt aircraft.

To address this shift from a nearly exclusive readership of hard-core shop hounds to a more diverse group of pilots - especially folks with no previous experience in the world of experimental aviation - KITPLANES has created this new weekly newsletter. The Homebuilt Portal highlights previous KITPLANES articles (and cartoons!) specifically selected to address the interests of the GA pilot just entering (or considering entering) the world of homebuilt airplanes.

If you have comments or suggestions on what you would like to see in coming issues of The Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES, please send us an email.

 

 

Homebuilding Overview

What is homebuilding of aircraft about?
History of homebuilding
Current Status

First-Time Builders

How to maximize your chance of success

Build it Better

A collection of fifteen articles by Paul Dye; Aa single source for tips and ideas from the world of aerospace operations that might very well make a difference in how you build and operate your homebuilt aircraft.

Support Groups

Directory of Support Groups and Newsletters for homebuilders (and prospective homebuilders) categorized by aircraft type

Completions

See your completed airplane in the "Completions" section of KITPLANES Magazine

View our previous email newsletters

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Scholes RV-12In April of 2011 I ordered a kit from Van's Aircraft--the E-LSA RV12, and I have been building it since then. Last fall (2017) I finally got the paper work finalized and got my airworthiness certificate from the FAA. There were just a couple of Service Bulletins that I wanted to take care of before the first …
Leedom-Hlavac-KitFox-LiteN200HL started life as a KitFox Lite kit. The engine is a Rotax 503 with a 3.47:1 reduction. The motor mount, carbon full cowl and the gear legs with coil spring absorption are all original designs. Mounted to the 503 is a 70" Warp Drive 3-blade prop and spinner. Standard-grade aircraft tires with hydraulic disc …
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 …

lycoming-thunderbolt-o-360-redAt Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines. Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder.
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.
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