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May 2016 Issue

Flight Reports

Flying Legend’s Tucano Replica

If you canít own an original, itís the next best thing. By Luca ďLukeĒ Perazzolli.

Builder Spotlight

Built in Britain

The Light Aircraft Companyís Sherwood Ranger. By Geoff Jones.

ECO-nomical Autopilot

And now for an autopilot thatís completely different. By Paul Dye.

Stand-alone VHF Radios

Our market scan reveals plenty of models with advanced feature sets and space-saving designs. By Larry Anglisano.

Error Chain

ExpectationsóYou donít know what you donít know. By Dave Holmgren.

Engine Theory

Oil System DesignóExploring the components that keep your engine alive. By Tom Wilson.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Converting a Taylorcraft to E/A-B, rebuilding and modifying a Rans S-9. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Fixing a Sticking Valve

It may not be overly complicated, but itís not for the faint at heart. By Mike Bullock.

Firewall Layout

The chess game. By Paul Dye.

Best Practices

Choosing the right sealant. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Counterbores. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Call me a taxi (light). By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Right-Angle Deburring Tool

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

A bit about blades. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

On with the shows! By Paul Dye.


Back courses and billy goats. 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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