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Table of Contents

April 2014 Issue

Buyer's Guide

2014 Alternative Engine Buyer's Guide

Converted for flight. By Patrick Panzera.

Flight Reports

Those Wright Brothers are at it Again

The original homebuilt. By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

Northward Ho!

Alaska and back in a plans-built Sonex. By Robert E. Barber.

Engine Build School

Class is in session at Superior EnginesóPart 2. By Omar Filipovic.

Wooden Props

While composite props are making inroads, the century-old technology of wood more than holds its own. By Paul Bertorelli.

How the Pros do It

The visit to Maule Aircraft continues. By Dan Horton.

Error Chain

Bubble, bubble, boil… and trouble! Vapor lock stops a Lycoming during Phase 1 testing. By Bill Repucci.

Ask the DAR

KR-2 as LSA, overweight ultralights, pre-cover inspections. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

To Bead or Not to Bead?

There is no question. By Dan Horton.

Maintenance Matters

Give yourself a brake! By Dave Prizio.

Practical Electrical

Battery facts and fables for the aircraft builder–Part 1. By Robert L. Nuckolls, III.

Aero 'lectrics

That’s why we call them sparkies. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Shop Tip

Easy Wire Identification. By Gil Alexander.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Aeroelasticity. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor's Log

History. By Paul Dye.

Kit Bits

Letters

Builders' Marketplace

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

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Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
John Albritton after his First Flight of his Eze Jet. This day was a long time coming for me. Flying my own jet! This couldn't have been possible without the help and expertise of the Jet Guys. They don't understand the word impossible. If someone tells them it can't be done, they just laugh, and then they do it. This project was not without its …
Rich-Macrafic-RV-7A-N4956TRV-7A N4956T, after a 12-year build, flew for the first time on 10/09/2017 from KRST (Rochester, MN). Everybody talks about the "RV smile" after that first flight.¬† For me, that came on the second flight.¬† The first one was approached with trepidation, caused by the combination of a new plane that had never flown and …
After many years of both building and not building (about 50/50) N184GC (One RV-8 for Grandpa Christensen) and I made the maiden flight on April 22, 2015 from Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM.¬†That was prior to paint and empty weight was 1,041 lb. Making the first flight in the airplane I built was …

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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