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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 airport…a guide to airport personalities. By Tom Wilson.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
After many years of both building and not building (about 50/50) N184GC (One RV-8 for Grandpa Christensen) and I made the maiden flight on April 22, 2015 from Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM. That was prior to paint and empty weight was 1,041 lb. Making the first flight in the airplane I built was …
I completed Sonex #1072 on August 18, 2014 and made the first flight on August 22, 2014 from Charlie Brown/Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airplane now has over 150 hours on it and has made several trips from Atlanta to South Florida, the Carolinas, and to Tower, Minnesota which is just south of …
My CubCrafters EX N-96FV was finished July 30, 2016 - last weekend of AirVenture. My 87-year old Dad was the first passenger after my 40-hour fly off. He flew chase in his Cherokee for the maiden flight. It's painted in D-Day colors for my C-130 unit's 70th anniversary. 96th Airlift Squadron Flying Vikings were the …

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.
Whether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
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