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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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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.
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