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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.

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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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