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Table of Contents

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.

Unairworthy

Missing baffling screws. By Vic Syracuse.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 5-airports.

Exploring

Editor's Log

Traveling machine. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

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

Rear Cockpit

Through new eyes. 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, …

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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