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August 2017 Issue

Flight Reports

Marvelous Mustangs

Titan adds new engines and a B-style fuselage option to the T-51. By Patrick Panzera.

Builder Spotlight

What is happening on the ADS-B Scene?

A quick review as we move closer to the 2020 deadline. By Dick Sunderland.

What’s a Nice Guy Like You Doing in a Plane Like This?

Making the transition from certified aircraft to Experimentals. By Todd DeVito.

Sizing an Avionics Cooling Fan

How much is enough? By Norm Ellis.

Vortex Generators on an RV-8

Do they really make a difference? By Nigel Speedy.

Engine Failure!

Are you prepared? By LeRoy Cook.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Scale model structural testing. By Eric Stewart.

Ask the DAR

Increasing gross weight, adding IFR to operating limitations, transponder requirements. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The Creative Homebuilder

Simple tools for setting smooth pop rivets. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Home Shop Machinist

Best Practices

Electrical, part 2. By Dave Prizio.

Aero ’Lectrics

Verticality. By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Gyroplanes, part 3. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Failure of imagination. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Fun in cold weather. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

The most necessary thing in aviation.

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,Ā Gilbert, Arizona
Scholes RV-12In April of 2011 I ordered a kit from Van's Aircraft--the E-LSA RV12, andĀ I have been building it since then.Ā 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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