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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 KITPLANES® 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.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Clarke-Schmitz SeareyThis Searey amphibian was built over a three year period by owners Bob Schmitz and Glen Clarke in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Initial flights in September 2018 were trouble-free with the normal adjustments. Aircraft details :Searey LSX s/nĀ  1LK597C, fiberglas hull, Friese ailerons, manual flaps, empty weight 994 lb, gross weight 1500lb. It is powered …
Fithian-taubeSometime after my grandfather passed away I ran across a curious photo of him in an airplane. Turns out he was one of the first aviators in the newly formed aviation division of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's military. No one in the family ever told me about it, not even he. The airplane turned out to …
After three years and 1,800 hours of construction, I'm proud to acknowledge the first flight of my Rotax 912 ULS powered Van's RV-12 E-LSA, serial number 120850, N850VH, on May 20, 2017, at Archuleta County Stevens Field (KPSO) Pagosa Springs, Colorado, field elevation 7,664' (morning density altitude well over 9,000').Ā Ā  It is equipped with a …

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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