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Table of Contents

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.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Scholes RV-12In April of 2011 I ordered a kit from Van's Aircraft--the E-LSA RV12, and I have been building it since then. 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 …
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 …

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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