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October 2017 Issue

Flight Reports

Get Radical!

Murphy’s latest is all about fun. By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

Changing a Perfectly Good Airplane

Designing and building a modified RANS S-9, part 1. By Michael Ryer and John Wells.

Landing Gear Guru

A visit with Robbie Grove of Grove Aircraft Landing Gear Systems. By Eric Stewart.

Static Port Location and Altitude Calibration

Often a challenge, accuracy depends on three things: location, location, location. By Reinhard Metz.

So You’d Like to Go Faster

Secrets for reducing drag, part 2. By Dave Anders.

Getting Your Plane Ready for the DAR

Common pitfalls and problems that builders face. By Dave Prizio.

Error Chain

The demise of the Cosmic Fish. By Lewis Bjork.

Build Your Own Leak-Down Tester

Converting a Harbor Freight compression tester for aircraft engine use. By Vince Homer.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Phase I testing not completed, understanding operating limitations, non-TSO’d position lights. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own specialty wrenches. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Plane and Simple

Removing blind rivets. By Jon Croke.

Home Shop Machinist

Spin class. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

So-lar, it’s been good to know you. By Jim Weir.


Pitted wheel bearing cup. By Vic Syracuse.

Shop Tips

Alodine Sluice

By Larry Larson

Fuel Dipstick and Holder

By Noel Fallwell

Clamp Stick

By David Paule

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Gyroplanes, part 5. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

While I’m in here…By Paul Dye.

Rear Cockpit

Fuel follies. By Tom Wilson.


Phase I maintenance. By Vic Syracuse.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
John Albritton after his First Flight of his Eze Jet. This day was a long time coming for me. Flying my own jet! This couldn't have been possible without the help and expertise of the Jet Guys. They don't understand the word impossible. If someone tells them it can't be done, they just laugh, and then they do it. This project was not without its …
Rich-Macrafic-RV-7A-N4956TRV-7A N4956T, after a 12-year build, flew for the first time on 10/09/2017 from KRST (Rochester, MN). Everybody talks about the "RV smile" after that first flight.  For me, that came on the second flight.  The first one was approached with trepidation, caused by the combination of a new plane that had never flown and …
After many years of both building and not building (about 50/50) N184GC (One RV-8 for Grandpa Christensen) and I made the maiden flight on April 22, 2015 from Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM. That was prior to paint and empty weight was 1,041 lb. Making the first flight in the airplane I built was …

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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