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March 2018 Issue

Flight Reports

Durand Reinstatement

Planning a kit for the unique Mark V negative-stagger biplane. By Scott M. Spangler.

Builder Spotlight

NEXRAD for Kit Aircraft Drivers

Free access to weather information can be a tremendous safety tool for wise, cautious pilots. By Myron Nelson.

Effect of Fairings on Speed

Compared to the high cost of horsepower, reducing drag is a much less expensive way to go faster. By Nigel Speedy.

Tricked-Out Tailwheel

T3 suspension system eliminates relaunches when touchdowns are a bit too firm. By Paul Dye.

Homebuilt Accidents-Comparing the Rates

A true head-to-head comparison with production aircraft is difficult to achieve. By Ron Wanttaja.

Under New Management

An inside look at EFII's all-new electronic engine control system for Experimental Lycomings. By Tom Wilson.

Pioneer Mechanics in Aviation

A book by Giacinta Bradley Koontz covering the history of early and notable A&P mechanics. Reviewed by Bob Hadley.

Spars-The Heart of the Wing

Laying out the spar, part 2. By Paul Dye.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Sandwich panels, part 5-a simple, accurate method for molding flanged parts. By Eric Stewart.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Repairman certificate eligibility, ELSA mods, flying at civil twilight, fuel cap engraving. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own air-flow speed control. By KITPLANESŪ Staff.

Plane and Simple

Drilling in tight places. By Jon Croke.

Maintenance Matters

Three battery problems lead to accidents. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Spline-al tap. By Bob Hadley.

Aero 'Lectrics

Spread those sheets. By Jim Weir.

Unairworthy

Throttle interference. By Vic Syracuse.

Shop Tips

Magnet Clamps

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 4-more about speed.

Exploring

Editor's Log

Perspective. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Last action taken. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Layoffs, I've had a few. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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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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