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October 2018 Issue

Builder Spotlight

NextGen Heirloom

Dennis Hutchinson rebuilds a Davis DA-2 for the future.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

Fleshing out the forward fuselage. By Ken Scott.

3 Years, 1 Minute, and 40 Seconds

A Mazda-powered Harmon Rocket stomps the time-to-climb record. By Eric Stewart.

Optimizing Induction Air

Fine-tuning intake system runners for increased performance and economy. By Dave Anders.

Heads Up!

GRT’s new inexpensive HUD option. By Paul Dye.

3D Printing to the Rescue!

Saving a $1,000 headset by making a new earcup bracket. By Dave Forster.

The Art of Corner Blocking in Wood Aircraft Construction

Tips for working smarter when making these small, critical parts. By Leonard Weiser.

Confessions of an Instrument Rating Procrastinator

There’s a right way and a wrong way to learn IFR. By Jeremy Constant.

Ask the DAR

Repairman certificate eligibility, who to list as the manufacturer, installing ADS-B equipment. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The Creative Homebuilder

Miscellaneous ideas. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Plane and Simple

Filling without spilling. By Jon Croke.

Maintenance Matters

Using a volt-ohm meter. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Master the blaster. By Bob Hadley.

Unairworthy

Bald tire. By Vic Syracuse.

Aero ’lectrics

Resistor values ŕ la RETMA. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Old Plug Washers Never Die...

By KITPLANES® Staff.

Riveting with Mirrors

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process: wing size and takeoffs. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Rudders R Us. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Know the Differences. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Advice on advice. By Tom Wilson.

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Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Port RV-8Here is my RV8 that I completed in June 2017. I didn't have enough time to fly off my phase one in time for Oshkosh but I did get there for 2018. I started with a quick build kit (if you call four and a half years quick build) and then added the Show Planes …
Clarke-Schmitz SeareyThis Searey amphibian was built over a three year period by owners Bob Schmitz and Glen Clarke in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Initial flights in September 2018 were trouble-free with the normal adjustments. Aircraft details :Searey LSX s/n  1LK597C, fiberglas hull, Friese ailerons, manual flaps, empty weight 994 lb, gross weight 1500lb. It is powered …
Fithian-taubeSometime after my grandfather passed away I ran across a curious photo of him in an airplane. Turns out he was one of the first aviators in the newly formed aviation division of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's military. No one in the family ever told me about it, not even he. The airplane turned out to …

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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