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February 2018 Issue

Buyer's Guide

2018 Engine Buyer's Guide

162 ways to turn fuel into thrust. By Dan Horton.

Builder Spotlight

Around the World and Over Both Poles

Sky Polaris—a historic flight in an RV-8, part 1. By Don Pearsall.

Pump Up the Volume

Inexpensive ways to make handheld radios easier to hear. By Ron Wanttaja.

Spars—The Heart of the Wing

All about spars, part 1. By Paul Dye.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Sandwich panels, part 4—a simple, accurate method for molding flanged parts. By Eric Stewart.

Ask the DAR

Private pilots flying LSAs, aircraft registration, prop strikes, E/AB to ELSA, N-number location. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own yokes. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Maintenance Matters

Tailwheel maintenance and setup. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Welding table. By Bob Hadley.

Plane and Simple

The “ultimate” informational resource for aircraft kit builders. By Jon Croke.


Improper routing. By Vic Syracuse.

Aero ’Lectrics

Throwing the big switch. By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 3—how fast? By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Power to the people! By Paul Dye.


Getting it done right. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

A major cover-up. By Tom Wilson.

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Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
N958PD first flightSubSonex Serial #21 (N958PD) made its first flight out of the Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada on the 24th of March, 2019. Winter kept trying to hang on in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but the weather smiled on us, I had a great crew that made themselves available on short notice, and we got "Loki" …
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 …

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.
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