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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
John Albritton after his First Flight of his Eze Jet. This day was a long time coming for me. Flying my own jet! This couldn't have been possible without the help and expertise of the Jet Guys. They don't understand the word impossible. If someone tells them it can't be done, they just laugh, and then they do it. This project was not without its …
Rich-Macrafic-RV-7A-N4956TRV-7A N4956T, after a 12-year build, flew for the first time on 10/09/2017 from KRST (Rochester, MN). Everybody talks about the "RV smile" after that first flight.  For me, that came on the second flight.  The first one was approached with trepidation, caused by the combination of a new plane that had never flown and …
After many years of both building and not building (about 50/50) N184GC (One RV-8 for Grandpa Christensen) and I made the maiden flight on April 22, 2015 from Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM. That was prior to paint and empty weight was 1,041 lb. Making the first flight in the airplane I built was …

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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