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December 2018 Issue

Buyer's Guide

2019 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory

So many airplanes, so little time: over 1000 aircraft to choose from. Also learn how 10 of our regular contributors chose their own experimental aircraft. Introduction by Paul Dye. Directory compiled by Omar Filipovic.

Builder Spotlight

Bond…Click Bond

Building a better nut plate. By Paul Dye.

So You Want to Buy a Used Homebuilt?

Itís not always as easy as it seems. By Lance Hooley.

Breaking In an Engine on the Ground

Can you do that? By Michael Leigh.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Making interior cuts in sheet metal. By Jon Croke.

Maintenance Matters

Differential compression test. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Dialing in with test indicators. Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

The other Oshkosh (part II). By Jim Weir.

Unairworthy

Burnt intake hose. By Vic Syracuse.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process: wing size and landing distance. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Rites of passage. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Bad building practices. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Flying glass. 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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