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February 2017 Issue

Homebuilt Aircraft Directory

2017 Engine Buyer’s Guide

Two-strokes to turbines. By Dan Horton.

Builder Spotlight

Hatz CB-1 Classic

It took 10 years for Hansueli and Samuel Gautschi to complete the ultimate do-it-yourself project, and the result is an absolute gem. By Ernst Bickmeier.

Restoring a Stored Homebuilt

Expect the unexpected. By Dana Hague.

Becoming a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR)

The long road to issuing airworthiness certificates. By Dave Prizio.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

3D-printed composite part molds. By Ken Krueger.

Ask the DAR

Converting heavy ultralights to ELSA, ELSA maintenance requirements. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Instrument holes—they’re easy and fun with the right tools. By Jon Croke.

Best Practices

A safe workshop is a happy workshop. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Machinery mobilization. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

De colores. By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Stressing Structure

V-n Diagram. By David Paule.

Wind Tunnel

Trike masts. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

The first answer. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Working the system.

Rear Cockpit

First biplane cross-country—terrified fun. By Tom Wilson.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Clarke-Schmitz SeareyThis Searey amphibian was built over a three year period by owners Bob Schmitz and Glen Clarke in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Initial flights in September 2018 were trouble-free with the normal adjustments. Aircraft details :Searey LSX s/n  1LK597C, fiberglas hull, Friese ailerons, manual flaps, empty weight 994 lb, gross weight 1500lb. It is powered …
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 …

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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