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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
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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