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April 2016 Issue

Flight Reports

Building the Thatcher CX5

An insider’s view into one of homebuilding’s best-kept secrets. By Glen Bradley.

Builder Spotlight

Promises, Promises

Remembering Jim Bede Sr.

Vacuum Forming Leading Edges

Making long, straight bends in sheet metal is easier than you think. By Paul Dye.

Print Your Own Parts

Using a 3D printer to make an avionics fan shroud. By Dave Forster.

Speed Deburring

Why turn a hand crank when electrons work so cheap? By Ken Scott.

Separator or Condenser?

Air-oil separators 101. By Dan Horton.

Aircraft Records and Logbooks

What’s required for Experimental/Amateur-Built Aircraft? By Owen C. Baker.

Engine Theory

Oil—lubing and cooling the source of thrust. By Tom Wilson.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Higlander gross weight increase, using certified parts in a plansbuilt Cub. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Shop Upgrades

Part 2: Keep it clean and organized. By Eric Stewart.

No Restrictions?

Restrictor fittings that are easy to make. By Paul Dye.

Home Shop Machinist

Drill guide for canard install. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Let’s stay current. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Non-Marring Fluting Pliers

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Blade inflow angle. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Our worst fears. By Paul Dye.

High-Desert Tales

Nuke it! By Elliot Seguin.


Never too experienced to learn. 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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