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Table of Contents

June 2017 Issue

Flight Reports

Cygnet Distinction

Each of its unusual features serves a purpose. By Scott M. Spangler.

Builder Spotlight

Building the Bearhawk LSA

Welding the fuselage. By Ken Scott.

GlaStar 540 Amphibian

Because you can never have too much power. By Cameron Fraser.

Project Management for Builders

Sometimes you need tools you won’t find in your toolbox. By Lynne Wainfan, Ph.D.

Off to Garmin School

Learning how to install the G3X Touch system. By Katie Bosman Krotje.

The Life of a Kit Airplane Factory Pilot

Roger Dubbert has worked for Zenith Aircraft Company since 1993 and has flown over 10,000 demo flights. By LeRoy Cook.

Fuel Shutoff Valve

There’s more to an extended-range fuel system than just adding tanks. By Dan Kerr.

Error Chain

Prop governor failure—everything was wonderful, right up until it suddenly wasn’t. By Myron Nelson.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Coupon testing, part 3. By Eric Stewart and Brian Paris.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Should A&Ps also get a repairman certificate, using multiple pilots for Phase 1 testing, putting E/AB wings on a certificated fuselage. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Making paint stick to aluminum. By Jon Croke.

Maintenance Matters

Replacing fuel and oil lines. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Trail of crumbs. By Bob Hadley.

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own back rivet set. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Unairworthy

Leaking gascolator. By Vic Syracuse.

Aero ’Lectrics

And he LED them to the promised land.... By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Drilling a Straight Hole in Aluminum.

By Paul Dye

Nitrile Gloves

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Gyroplanes. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Shop memories. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Lowering the risk. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

The instructor. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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 …
Old Crow Huber RV-7AAfter six and a half years, I received an airworthiness certificate on August 2, 2018. The first two flights were on August 10, flown by my highly experienced RV friend, Tom Berge. I completed the flight testing in early October. I then flew the aircraft up to Hibbing, MN for a paint job at Midwest …

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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