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May 2019 Issue

Flight Reports

Whisper X350 Gen II

Fast, sleek cruiser from motorglider origins. By LeRoy Cook.

Builder Spotlight

Ziggy’s New Engine

Adding a 180-hp Titan engine to a Legend Cub. By Mike Taylor.

Capturing Helmholtz Free Energy

Energy that’s similar to an open-ocean wave break also exists in engines. Can it be harnessed with a tunable induction system? By Dave Anders.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

Assembling some assemblies. By Ken Scott.

Antenna Installations

Sourcing the right antennas for your kit’s avionics suite is only half the chore. Placement, proper grounding, and routine upkeep are critical to performance. By Larry Anglisano.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Wheel pants and gear fairings. By Eric Stewart.

Samurai Homebuilder

Using a Japanese pull saw on your aircraft project. By Leonard Weiser.

Buying a Used Homebuilt

Fly before you buy, factory support, engines, and Light Sport. By Dave Prizio.

Two Flash or Not Two Flash

Building a double-flash LED strobe system. By Chuck Deiterich.

Completions

Shop Talk

Unairworthy

Unoiled air filter. By Vic Syracuse.

Plane and Simple

An easy move. By Jon Croke.

Home Shop Machinist

Exhausting options—a DIY muffler for a Pietenpol. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

Get the LED out. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Close Flanges

By David Paule.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process—CG loading, part 2. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Fine print. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Prepping for flight. By Vic Syracuse.

Building Time

Floating nut plates. By Kerry Fores.

The Dawn Patrol

Five bottles and counting. By Dick Starks.

Rear Cockpit

Building your future. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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 …
I always wanted something to do in retirement that that would be both challenging and fun. I couldn't envision myself playing golf only during the summer months so I decided to build and fly my own airplane. Looked around at all of the offerings from the kit manufacturers and finally decided on a Zenith CH …

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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