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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

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
N958PD first flightSubSonex Serial #21 (N958PD) made its first flight out of the Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada on the 24th of March, 2019. Winter kept trying to hang on in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but the weather smiled on us, I had a great crew that made themselves available on short notice, and we got "Loki" …
RANS S-6 N646GTN646GT started with six members in an LLC, and currently has four left, 10 years after we bought the kit. One of our team is Richard Hogan, the designer of the new Commutercraft. Our RANS S-6 started construction at a hangar at the now defunct Mathis Airport in Suwannee, Georgia, then moved to another hangar …
Phillabaum-HelicycleFirst flight of my Helicycle helicopter was on January 31, 2019 after two years of part-time building. Previously, before I retired, I built an RV-8 and a Zenith 750. The Helicycle was my first post- retirement project. I discovered I had more building time when I was working. Now trips, lake time, skiing, etc. interfere …

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.
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