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April 2017 Issue

Flight Reports

All Grown Up

The Titan-powered SuperSTOL Stretch XL. By Dan Horton.

Builder Spotlight

Behind the Rope Line

A day in the life at Sun ’n Fun Air Ops. By Steve Kessinger.

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 2: from crate to airport. By Sam Buchanan.

Scratch-Built Christavias

Quickbuild kits too easy? Here’s your next project. By Ken Scott.

EAA SportAir Workshops

Get your project started on the right track with some quality training. By Dave Prizio.

Lycoming IO-390 Upgrade

Replacing an IO-360 in a Wheeler Express. By Reinhard Metz.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Coupon testing, part 1. By Eric Stewart.

Ask the DAR

Towing gliders with an E/A-B aircraft, POH requirements, taxi-testing scenarios. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Locate that hole—precisely! By Jon Croke.

Maintenance Matters

Exhaust system maintenance. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Billet oil-drain elbow. By Bob Hadley.

The Creative Homebuilder

12-volt test equipment. By KITPLANES® staff.

Aero ’Lectrics

The McDuckie. By Jim Weir.

Unairworthy

Broken starter ring gear teeth. By Vic Syracuse.

Designer's Notebook

Stressing Structure

Crashworthy design overview. By David Paule.

Wind Tunnel

More Flying Fleas. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Are you ready? By Paul Dye.

Rear Cockpit

Oil: why it gets hot. By Tom Wilson.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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 …
Dave Armando Kitfox Speedster Model VAfter 6 years of building my 2001 Kitfox Speedster Model V was flown. Equipped with a Jabiru 3300 120 hp 6 cylinder, swinging an IVO medium constant speed prop, my own designed smoke system, Grove gear, Maule tail wheel, removable wing tips with a fishing pole locker inside, Super Bee lithium battery for weight reduction, …

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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