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November 2016 Issue

Flight Reports

Miniature Yankee

The BD-17L has much in common with the original BD-1. By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

Spitfire Squadron Scrambles Again

At Enstone, U.K., groups of builders are creating Spitfire replicas. By Geoff Jones.

Preparing for Your First Flight

The paperwork, the plane, and the pilot must come together for success. By Dave Prizio.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Upping Our Game. By Eric Stewart.

Driving Down the High Costs of Aircraft Ownership

Building a trailer for a Quickie Q200. By Lewis Bjork.

Homemade Compressed Air Brake Bleeder

An inexpensive tool for quickly bleeding aircraft brakes. By Reinhard Metz.

Error Chain

Anodizing and Fatigue Life. By Stuart Fields.

Teaching Helpers How to Rivet

What works for you may not work for them. By Philip Clifton.

Roll Your Own Pitot Tube Cover

An easy solution when commercially available covers won’t fit. By Axel Alvarez.

Engine Theory

Getting Practical—What can you do for a better engine? By Tom Wilson.

Ask the DAR

Proving compliance with the 51% rule, licensing ELSA or E/A-B, using an LSA commercially. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Maintenance Matters

Dry tappet clearance. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Gnarly good knurls. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Go forth and multiply. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Splitting Tubing for Trim Purposes

By Jim Kinninger.

Dimple Tokens

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Pitch non-linearities. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Keeping up. By Paul Dye.

The Dawn Patrol

Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. By Dick Starks.


History repeats itself. By Vic Syracuse.

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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