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January 2018 Issue

Flight Reports

Super Duty!

Zenith takes the STOL CH 750 up a notch. By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

Building the Bearhawk LSA

The landing gear. By Ken Scott.

Covering a Replica with Grade A Cotton and Irish Linen

A precise reproduction of the Spirit of St. Louis must have authentic fabric. By David Gustafson.

Making a Business out of a Metal Rod

Harmon Lange has made more landing gear legs than anybody. By Ken Scott.

Coming Back

Returning to the cockpit after a long absence. By LeRoy Cook.

A New Spin on It

Experimenter of the year Andrew Angellotti offers a new BoxDAQ and updated Featherweight air data probe. By Tom Wilson.

Easy Wheelpant Repair

Or how I stopped worrying and embraced the fiberglass... By Paul Dye.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

How to fabricate sandwich panels, part 3. By Eric Stewart.


A tongue-in-cheek look at acronyms and other vernacular used in aviation. By Myron Nelson.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Major restoration of a 34-year-old Experimental, fabricating an engine from raw materials. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The Creative Homebuilder

Gear-leg drill jig. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Plane and Simple

Another method for transferring holes. By Jon Croke.

Best Practices

Controls. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Welding. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’Lectrics

iPower by the iBruteForce method. By Jim Weir.


Inadequate rudder stop. By Vic Syracuse.

Shop Tips

Worktable Suggestions

By David Paule.

Modifying Tools

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 2—how high should you fly? By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

You don’t have to go. By Paul Dye.


The best-laid plans. By Vic Syracuse.

The Dawn Patrol

Raising the misery bar. By Dick Starks.

Rear Cockpit

Not me! By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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