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January 2017 Issue

Flight Reports

Super Legend HP

The ASTM Titan engine finds another home in a new kit from American Legend. And yeah, itís a hotrod. By Paul Bertorelli.

Builder Spotlight

Parts Off, Parts On!

Learning how to disassemble and assemble Lycoming engines. By Paul Dye.

Just Call Him Mr. Pylon

Homebuilt aircraft builder Steve Wittman was one of Americaís greatest air racers. By Amy Laboda.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

Fuel tanks and wingtips. By Ken Scott.

Wooden Hangar Floors

Yes, itís unusual, but for my hangar it makes perfect sense. By Steve Kessinger.

The Inverted Oil Dilemma

Adding more equipment is never as easy as you think. By Paul Dye.

Homebuilt or Store-Bought?

Raising the bar for RV-10 interiors to an entirely different level. By Bruce Eicher.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

CNC mold blank fabrication, part 2. By Eric Stewart.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Complying with the 51% rule, bringing Canadian aircraft into the U.S., adding auxiliary fuel tanks, using non-TSOíd ADS-B in an Ercoupe. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Silicone tapeóitís for a lot more than just emergencies. By Jon Croke.

Best Practices

Solid rivet selection and installation. By Dave Prizio.

Aero ’Lectrics

Wired at Oshkosh. By Jim Weir.

Home Shop Machinist

Be steady. By Bob Hadley.

Shop Tips

Alignment aids for Lycoming oil screen housings.

By William Rynone, Ph.D., P.E.

Labeling

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

More about trikes. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

No two rivets alike. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Mr. Anvil Head is not your friend. By Vic Syracuse.

Risky Business

Surviving the unplanned pitch trim loop. By Sid Mayeux.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Scholes RV-12In April of 2011 I ordered a kit from Van's Aircraft--the E-LSA RV12, and¬†I have been building it since then.¬†Last fall (2017) I finally got the paper work finalized and got my airworthiness certificate from the FAA. There were just a couple of Service Bulletins that I wanted to take care of before the first …
Leedom-Hlavac-KitFox-LiteN200HL started life as a KitFox Lite kit. The engine is a Rotax 503 with a 3.47:1 reduction. The motor mount, carbon full cowl and the gear legs with coil spring absorption are all original designs. Mounted to the 503 is a 70" Warp Drive 3-blade prop and spinner. Standard-grade aircraft tires with hydraulic disc …
Darrell Anderson VanAfter on-and-off construction started in November, 1991, N144DV took to the air on July 4, 2016. (Yes, that's 25 years into a 3-year project!) A little over a year later, with only 50 hours on the Hobbs, I flew it from Montana to Oshkosh AirVenture 2017. I was honored to be awarded a Bronze Lindy …

lycoming-thunderbolt-o-360-redAt Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines. Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder.
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.
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