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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.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Phillabaum-HelicycleFirst flight of my Helicycle helicopter was on January 31, 2019 after two years of part-time building. Previously, before I retired, I built an RV-8 and a Zenith 750. The Helicycle was my first post- retirement project. I discovered I had more building time when I was working. Now trips, lake time, skiing, etc. interfere …
I always wanted something to do in retirement that that would be both challenging and fun. I couldn't envision myself playing golf only during the summer months so I decided to build and fly my own airplane. Looked around at all of the offerings from the kit manufacturers and finally decided on a Zenith CH …
Pappas Waiex B TurboThis is my second Waiex build. My first appeared in a Kitplanes article in 2007. This one took 24 months of part time work and uses the Aerovee Turbo and an all-Dynon avionics HDX panel. Thanks to my friends Randy Krueger for the Corvette Torch Red paint and James Butler, pilot and A&P mechanic extraordinaire …

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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