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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
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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