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May 2013 Issue

Buyer's Guide

2013 Engine Buyer’s Guide

The outlook for the alternative engine market for Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft is positive, and there are new additions since last year—even more reason to join the auto-conversion club. By Patrick Panzera.

Flight Reports

Super Legend Cub

American Legendís new Super Legend is almost a clone of the ever-popular Super Cubóthe company even used Piperís original drawings for some of the Legendís parts. The result: a well-balanced, easy-to-fly airplane, with a kit version to be released in 2013. By Paul Bertorelli.

Builder Spotlight

Rare Bird

A biplane designed in the 1920s inspires thoughts of aviationís Golden Age, and for one pilot, itís a perfect complement to his Aeronca Champ. By Scott M. Spangler.

Making Peace with the Jabiru Engine

Keep it cool: That’s the secret to success with the Jabiru engine, which will reward your efforts by being a simple, powerful and smooth-running powerplant. Dave Prizio offers some suggestions for Jabiru care.

Future Fuels

Thanks to environmental regulations, court challenges and economic realities, an unleaded replacement for avgas is definitely on the horizon, but it’s still a distant horizon. Meanwhile, we still have 100LL, which remains widely available. By Paul Bertorelli.

Modern Exterior Aircraft Lighting

It’s your best way of letting other making your presence known to other pilots, so your exterior lighting system deserves careful thought and planning early on in the build process. Fortunately, there are choices for every plane and budget. By Larry Anglisano.

Firewall Forward: Electrical Systems, Part 1

Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of wiring—plenty of homebuilders didn’t know how to do it when they started their projects. Get yourself the right tools, then jump in and start learning. Dave Prizio outlines the basics.

Ask the DAR

What paperwork is necessary when a new owner makes an engine change? If floats are replaced with conventional gear, what does the change in gross weight mean for a plane’s LSA status? By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Aero ’Lectrics

If you want to keep your paint and other supplies from freezing next winter, try this relay and heater (made to work in conjunction with last month’s temperature sensor project). By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

When unexpected drag is an issue, the cause could be gaps in the skin of your airplane. A simple seal might solve the problem. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

As Paul Dye takes the helm at KITPLANES, he looks forward to covering this exciting time in the Experimental aircraft community.

What’s New

Just Aircraft introduces the Highlander SuperStol, Cockpit Apps launches new fuel tankering app, and there’s a new LED position/anti-collision light.

Free Flight

Nobody’s perfect. Neither is any airplane or airplane part—there’s always a tolerance from perfection, and that’s OK, as long as you understand the art of repair. By Paul Dye.

Down to Earth

When something doesn’t feel (or sound) right, trust your gut and stay on the ground. A stuck valve recently demonstrated this lesson to Amy Laboda.

Alternative Energies

Diesel engines, anyone? How about biofuel? More builders are turning to such alternatives in the name of fuel economy, while the industry awaits fuel cells and better batteries. By Dean Sigler.

Kit Bits

Letters

Builders' Marketplace

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

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Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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 …
Pappas Waiex B TurboThis is my second Waiex build. My first appeared in a Kitplanes article in 2007. This one took 24 months of part time work and uses the Aerovee Turbo and an all-Dynon avionics HDX panel. Thanks to my friends Randy Krueger for the Corvette Torch Red paint and James Butler, pilot and A&P mechanic extraordinaire …
Old Crow Huber RV-7AAfter six and a half years, I received an airworthiness certificate on August 2, 2018. The first two flights were on August 10, flown by my highly experienced RV friend, Tom Berge. I completed the flight testing in early October. I then flew the aircraft up to Hibbing, MN for a paint job at Midwest …

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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