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September 2016 Issue

Special Report

Fifteen Years of Speed Mods

An interview with Andy Chiavetta of Aerochia Aircraft Performance and Racing. By Eric Stewart.

Findlay’s Flyer

Improving the breed through the need for speed. By Tom Wilson.

Builder Spotlight

Learning about Lycomings

Attending the Lycoming Service Class in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. By Paul Dye.

The Ins and Outs of Pre-buys

Donít buy a used Experimental aircraft without one (Part 1). By Vic Syracuse.

Build Your Own Annunciator Panel

When you use an Arduino processor board, itís easier than you think. By Tom Brusehaver.

Error Chain

Intake valve failureósudden engine problems lead to an unexpected landing under a 300-foot ceiling. By Bryan Jones.

Ask the DAR

Overweight LSA, paperwork confusion for a DAR inspection, converting an SLSA to an ELSA. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Best Practices

Power tools make work go faster and better. By Dave Prizio.

Maintenance Matters

Building Aeroquip hoses. By Paul Dye.

Home Shop Machinist

Flats, keys, and slots. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Multiple meters. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Priming Tubes

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Trim tabs. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Phase I done right. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Props and ignition systems. 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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