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October 2016 Issue

Flight Reports

Merlin PSA

The personal single. By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

The Ins and Outs of Pre-buys

Donít buy a used Experimental aircraft without one (Part 2). By Vic Syracuse.

Getting High Off Grass

Flying organically with turf runways. By LeRoy Cook.

A Custom Maintenance Manual for a Custom Aircraft

It may not be required, but itís essential for performing thorough inspections. By Katie Bosman Krotje.

Balancing Act

Troubleshooting vibration problems in homebuilt airplanes. By Matthew Dock.

One Trick Stick

Andrew Angellotti develops an air data probe for the masses. By Tom Wilson.

Engine Theory

Direct vs. geared driveóone of aviationís great debates. By Tom Wilson.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Condition inspections, N-number problems, removing an electrical system and transponder. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The New Guy

Documenting your build. By David Boeshaar.

Maintenance Matters

Torque plates. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

The vise squad. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Workbench. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

A Better Rivet Holder

By Eric Stewart.

Folding Portable GPS Mount

By Jim Fleischman.

Designer's Notebook

Stressing Structure

Places to save weight and places not to. By David Paule.

Wind Tunnel

Wing root junctions. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Early or late? By Paul Dye.


The big picture and red herrings. By Vic Syracuse.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
My RV-7 project started on January 5th, 2014. As with most airplane kits, it started with the empennage kit. From the moment I opened the first crate, I knew this would be a plane that I would complete and fly. One week shy of two years came the first flight. On Wednesday December 30, 2015 […]
It took Bryan Cobb three years to assemble this helicopter while working a full-time job. It is equipped with all factory updates and the PEP tuned exhaust (78 HP). The Mini-500 started life as a new-in-the-crate kit, purchased on eBay in February 2013. Another old barn-find Mini-500 was also purchased on eBay from which to […]
I completed construction of the Glasair Sportsman on November 1, 2016 in the Two Week to Taxi program at Glasair Aviation and received the airworthiness certificate the next day. The plane remained at Glasair Aviation and had the required 40 hours of test flying completed and was¬†then sent to the paint shop. The finishing touches […]

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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