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Table of Contents

December 2017 Issue

Buyer's Guide

2018 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory

So you want to buy or build an Experimental Aircraft? Here’s how to find the perfect project. Introduction by Dave Prizio. Directory compiled by Omar Filipovic.

Builder Spotlight

Stearns’ Stuff

Clean, fast, and composite, the KIS TR-1 makes a fine cruiser. There just aren’t many of them. By Tom Wilson.

Taking Over Someone Else’s Project

What’s involved in the process? By Dave Prizio.

Understanding Lithium Batteries

Kathy and Reg Nicoson of EarthX, Inc. explain what you need to know. By Jared Yates.

Get a Grip on It!

Adding wing-walk tape to slippery keyless drill chucks. By Vince Homer.

Error Chain

Forty-amp Catch-22. Accidentally bumping the alternator switch uncovered a circuit-breaker problem. By Paul Dye.

Ask the DAR

ELSA condition inspections, converting an ELSA to E/A-B, non-TSO’d lighting. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Label those wires! By Jon Croke.

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own quick-change drill bits and deburring tools. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Home Shop Machinist

Layout. By Bob Hadley.

Shop Tips

Fiberglass Parts Holder

By Noel Fallwell

Home Brew Bucking Bars

By Larry Larson

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Well, hello there! By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Oshkosh 2017 musings. By Vic Syracuse.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Fithian-taubeSometime after my grandfather passed away I ran across a curious photo of him in an airplane. Turns out he was one of the first aviators in the newly formed aviation division of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's military. No one in the family ever told me about it, not even he. The airplane turned out to …
After three years and 1,800 hours of construction, I'm proud to acknowledge the first flight of my Rotax 912 ULS powered Van's RV-12 E-LSA, serial number 120850, N850VH, on May 20, 2017, at Archuleta County Stevens Field (KPSO) Pagosa Springs, Colorado, field elevation 7,664' (morning density altitude well over 9,000').   It is equipped with a …
Richard GuyMy RANS S-6S N428WG was delivered in August 2010 and issued an airworthiness in August 2011. It was as much fun to build as it is to fly. Setting aside 3 or 4 hours every weekday by cutting back on TV re-runs, the build was quick. Instructions were easy to follow and my two technical …

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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