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June 2016 Issue

Flight Reports

Javron Super Cub

As close as you can get to a PA-18 in a kit. By Dave Prizio.

Builder Spotlight

Juggling the ADS-B Options

Things to consider before writing the check. By Dick Sunderland.

Emergency Parachutes

A safety net you can wear. By Bruce Eicher.

Hand Propping an Aeroplane

Or, an introduction to “A Farewell to Arms.” By LeRoy Cook.

Build Your Own Stall-Warning Device

Certified aircraft have had them for decades—but not Experimentals. By Michel Suire.

Engine Theory: Engine Cooling—Avoiding Meltdown

Understanding the differences between air- and water-cooled engines. By Tom Wilson.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Confusion about FAA Form 8130-12, replacing the 2-inch Experimental placard, selling an engine. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Replacing Baffle Seals

They won’t last forever, but are critical for proper engine cooling. By Paul Dye.

Tips From the New Guy

Helpers. By David Boeshaar.

Best Practices

Nuts and bolts. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Doodads. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Make it a current print. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Dissolving Foam

By Paul Dye.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Fixed-pitch props. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Weight watchers. By Paul Dye.

High-Desert Tales

Pure poison. By Elliot Seguin.

The Dawn Patrol

Carburetor confusion. By Dick Starks.


Darwin in aviation. 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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