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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, it’s 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 America’s greatest air racers. By Amy Laboda.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

Fuel tanks and wingtips. By Ken Scott.

Wooden Hangar Floors

Yes, it’s 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-TSO’d ADS-B in an Ercoupe. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Silicone tape—it’s 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
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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