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March 2017 Issue

Builder Spotlight

Bearhawk Duo in the Land of the Long White Cloud

Jonathan Battson and Lars Fellman build the first two 4-Place Bearhawks in New Zealand. By Mike Taylor.

Petit Jean

This small fly-in has what it takes to become the next big thing. By Vic Syracuse.

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 1: priorities and decisions. By Sam Buchanan.

Pylon Neophyte

The nuts, bolts, and nickels of taxiing onto the Reno stage. By Tom Wilson.

Do-It-Yourself Tailwheel

Adding a custom-designed tailwheel to a Fisher FP-404. By Dana Hague.

Putting the Experiment in Experimental

Over 30 modifications resulted in a speed increase of 44 mph. By Dave Anders.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

3D-printed composite part molds, part 2. By Ken Krueger.

Ask the DAR

Applying for a Repairman Certificate, importing Experimentals, converting an SLSA Cub to ELSA. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Non-round panel openings. By Jon Croke.

The Creative Homebuilder

Phenolic-based bulkhead fitting.

Maintenance Matters

A&P mechanics and Experimental aircraft. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Silver & Deming and step drills. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

Three for the money. By Jim Weir.

Unairworthy

Multiple drilled holes on an RV-6 elevator spar. By Vic Syracuse.

Shop Tips

Rivet Buster Chisel

By Larry Larson.

Measuring Curved Surfaces

By David Paule.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

The Flying Flea. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Indistinguishable from magic. By Paul Dye.

The Dawn Patrol

Take time to peel a banana. By Dick Starks.

High Desert Tales

Scary stuff. By Elliot Seguin.

Checkpoints

Flying and aging. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

If this place was an airportÖa guide to airport personalities. By Tom Wilson.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Stolp SA-500 Starlet N23MEStolp SA-500 Starlet N23ME was completed in November of 2016 . The project spanned approximately 4 years. The Engine is a Franklin 4AC-199 E-3 (90 HP) with a Prince propeller. The Starlet is a ball to fly - everyone should have one! --Bill Prokes, Gilbert, Arizona
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 …

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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