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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.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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 …
Dave Armando Kitfox Speedster Model VAfter 6 years of building my 2001 Kitfox Speedster Model V was flown. Equipped with a Jabiru 3300 120 hp 6 cylinder, swinging an IVO medium constant speed prop, my own designed smoke system, Grove gear, Maule tail wheel, removable wing tips with a fishing pole locker inside, Super Bee lithium battery for weight reduction, …

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.
Whether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
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