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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
Phillabaum-HelicycleFirst flight of my Helicycle helicopter was on January 31, 2019 after two years of part-time building. Previously, before I retired, I built an RV-8 and a Zenith 750. The Helicycle was my first post- retirement project. I discovered I had more building time when I was working. Now trips, lake time, skiing, etc. interfere …
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 …

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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