Follow us on Twitter Follow us on FaceBook Kitplanes Videos Get RSS Feed
 

Advertise in KITPLANES

 

Only KITPLANES exclusively covers the fastest growing segment of general aviation.

Kitplanes Media Kit

 

While many complain about the decline in general aviation, it's hard not to catch the excitement in the Experimental aircraft community. There are new airframes every year and new avionics almost monthly. Experimentals now range from ultralights and LSAs to turbine-powered cabin-class aircraft that feature state-ofthe- art avionics and regularly cruise in the flight levels. There's an Experimental aircraft for every mission and at every price point. But they all have one thing in common—value. As pilots learn how much more they get for their money, it's not surprising that more and more of them are turning to Experimentals.

Lower costs.

For a fraction of the cost of a new certified aircraft, you can buy or build an Experimental with equal—or even greater—performance. And it's not just airframes that cost less. Experimental EFISes and autopilots offer features that rival those of business jets and airliners at a fraction of the price. Engines that are identical to those found in certified aircraft and are usually made in the same factory from the exact same parts are less expensive, too.

Another area of savings is maintenance. Experimental aircraft owners can perform much of the work themselves. The builder of the aircraft can even perform their own condition inspections.

Easier to build.

Lack of free time has prevented many people from building their own plane in the past. But thanks to computer-aided design and manufacturing, today's kits are being completed in less time—and with greater precision—than was possible just a few years ago.

To speed things up even more, many manufacturers offer "quickbuild" kits, where up to 49% of the work is completed at the factory. There's even a faster option: two-week factory assistance programs allow customers to visit the factory and work side by side with the manufacturer's assembly experts. Fourteen days later, the aircraft will be far enough along that its possible to start the engine and taxi.

Untapped opportunities for advertisers.

The more you understand experimental aviation, the more you realize this is the segment of general aviation that's still spending money on new aircraft and the many components necessary to get them flying.

Experimental aircraft are also prime candidates for upgrades. Compared to certified aircraft, it's always less expensive to add new equipment. Experimentals are frequently updated with the latest engines, propellers, avionics, accessories and other equipment. And KITPLANES® is the magazine that shows owners how to do it.

 

Download the KITPLANES Media Kit.

 

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Alan Arthur, Doug Harrington and Avon Furphy of Perth, Australia with their Bearhawk Patrol.Scott French of Iowa and an Australian threesome comprising Alan Arthur, Doug Harrington and Avon Furphy have completed, certified and flown their Bearhawk Patrols in September 2018. A Bearhawk Patrol, VH-TUC, made its first flight in Perth Australia. This aircraft joins two other Patrols currently flying in Australia. "Another in Perth was built from a …
Port RV-8Here is my RV8 that I completed in June 2017. I didn't have enough time to fly off my phase one in time for Oshkosh but I did get there for 2018. I started with a quick build kit (if you call four and a half years quick build) and then added the Show Planes …
Clarke-Schmitz SeareyThis Searey amphibian was built over a three year period by owners Bob Schmitz and Glen Clarke in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Initial flights in September 2018 were trouble-free with the normal adjustments. Aircraft details :Searey LSX s/n  1LK597C, fiberglas hull, Friese ailerons, manual flaps, empty weight 994 lb, gross weight 1500lb. It is powered …

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.
Video Archive

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER SERVICE NOTICE TO KITPLANES SUBSCRIBERS:


All mailed correspondence, including subscription invoices, renewals, and gift notices, will bear our address:
PO BOX 8535
Big Sandy, TX 75755

Third parties claiming to be selling KITPLANES subscriptions are not legitimate.