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August 2016 Issue

Special Report

Celebrating the RV-6

By Paul Dye.

The Airplane Van Didn’t Want to Build

How the RV-6 became the most successful kit aircraft yet. By Ken Scott.

The RV-6 Adventure

One man’s tale. By Larry Pardue.

Searching for the Right RV-6

If at first you don’t succeed, keep looking–sooner or later you’ll find it! By Louise Hose.

The Oldest Flying RV-6

A brief conversation with the original builder/owner. By Louise Hose.

RV-6 Photography

From RV-6 photographer to RV-6 builder/pilot. By Ed Hicks.

Builder Spotlight

Back to School

There’s always more to learn at the National Test Pilot School (Part 2). By Elliot Seguin.

Avidyne IFD540 vs. Garmin GTN 750

Understanding the differences between these highly capable GPS navigators. By Vic Syracuse.

Engine Theory: Diesel Engines

The details of burning Jet A. By Tom Wilson.

Ask the DAR

Logbook entries, LSA on floats, replacement airworthiness certificates. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Tips From the New Guy

Picking your panel. By David Boeshaar.

Best Practices

Hand Tools. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Clean-cut hoses. By Bob Hadley.

Maintenance Matters

Cables and pulleys. By Dave Prizio.

Aero ’Lectrics

Sounds good to me. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Back Riveting Universal Rivets

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Prop gyro. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Making dreams come true. By Paul Dye.

The Dawn Patrol

Triumphs and disastrophes. By Dick Starks.

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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