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Introducing The Homebuilder's Portal 
by KITPLANES®

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 monthly newletter. The Homebuilt Portal will highlight 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. This  month's theme is "Preparing to Enter the World of Homebuilt Aircraft."

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.

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Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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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