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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 Engines—Part 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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Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
I had been researching gyroplane technology for the past 20 years and knew that the modern gyroplane was an amazing aircraft. After scoring a ride in a MTO Sport in July of 2015, I knew I had to have one. I was fortunate that a dealer and flight training in Searcy, Arkansas was only an …
Velocity 173 Fixed Gear Elite N653TS has taken just shy of 20 years to morph from several boxes of fiberglass parts to the plane you see here. Back in June 1997 I had just retired from the Army as a career helicopter pilot and wanted something to keep me active in aviation besides the typical …
N696VA is an RV12 built as an EAB. The plane took four and a half years and I logged 1900 hours in the build log. I've only flown it a couple of hours now but I just love this little plane. It's quick and nimble and performs very well. I painted the plane prior to …

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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