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April 2018 Issue

Flight Reports

Fast and Smooth

The Tarragon invades America! By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

West with the Wind

How Dan West put a Vortech supercharger on his RV-8. By Tom Wilson.

Spars-The Heart of the Wing

Riveting the assembly, part 3. By Paul Dye.

Around the World and Over Both Poles

Sky Polaris-a historic flight in an RV-8, part 2. By Don Pearsall.

The Seat

If you're going to design the perfect airplane, which piece do you work on first? By Lewis Bjork.

Error Chain

CozyJet dead-stick. Losing an engine was the least of the problems. It was a brake fire that almost destroyed this one-of-a-kind homebuilt. By Ryszard Zadow.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

A second life for Cleco pliers. By Jon Croke.

The Creative Homebuilder

Buckin' where the sun don't shine. By KITPLANESŪ Staff.

Maintenance Matters

Rebuilding the MATCO MC-4 master cylinder. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Home shop heat treating. By Bob Hadley.

Aero 'Lectrics

Be a fan fan. By Jim Weir.


Missing baffling screws. By Vic Syracuse.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 5-airports.


Editor's Log

Traveling machine. By Paul Dye.


So, what's the Homebuilt Council? By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Through new eyes. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
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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