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November 2018 Issue

Builder Spotlight

Fixed Formation

The Bel-Aire 4000 flies on lower wings from a Piper PA-22 Colt and upper wings from a PA-12 Super Cruiser. By Scott M. Spangler.

UMA Instruments

Analog gauges still have a place in the digital era. By Don Maxwell.

Using Level Accelerations to Determine Climb Performance

A faster way to gather data over a wide range of conditions. By Nigel Speedy.

Time is Running Out!

As the 2020 deadline gets closer, here’s what is happening on the ADS-B scene. By Dick Sunderland.

Titans of Tungsten

A visit to Midwest Tungsten Services. By Eric Stewart.

A Ground Loop Story

Sometimes stuff happens. By Luca Perazzolli.

Homebuilt Accidents: Pilot Error

The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves. By Ron Wanttaja.

A Wood Tailwheel Lift

(Or how to save your achin’ back.) By Sam Buchanan.

Ask the DAR

LSA weight increase, compass requirements, gyroplane DARs, E/A-B inspector eligibility. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own beading tool. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Plane and Simple

Bleed like a pro! By Jon Croke.

Maintenance Matters

Oil pressure problems. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Hold-downs. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

Temperature trickery. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Paint Masking

By Larry Larson.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process: wing size and stall speed. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Point designs. By Paul Dye.


Progressive maintenance. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Getting there. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
RANS S-6 N646GTN646GT started with six members in an LLC, and currently has four left, 10 years after we bought the kit. One of our team is Richard Hogan, the designer of the new Commutercraft. Our RANS S-6 started construction at a hangar at the now defunct Mathis Airport in Suwannee, Georgia, then moved to another hangar …
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 …

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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