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Table of Contents

May 2018 Issue

Builder Spotlight

Jet Eze

Turning a dream into reality, part 1. By Lance Hooley.

Light Planes Perform Better

How one builder shaved 200 pounds off his Glasair Sportsman. By Dave Prizio.

Jet A for the Rest of Us

The Continental diesel RV-10. By Dan Horton.

The Real McKee

In the ultimate FUUN exercise, Andy McKee flies the Atlantic in search of AirVenture and friendly colonials. By Tom Wilson.

Biplane Cross-Country

Tennessee to Connecticut in a Starduster SA-100. By Dana Hague.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Epoxy and fuel resistance tests, part 1—epoxy basics. By Eric Stewart.

Ask the DAR

Electric motors, major repairs, combining parts from several kits, using completed wings. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Coil those sheets! By Jon Croke.

Maintenance Matters

Engine inspection and repair after a prop strike. By Dave Prizio.

Home Shop Machinist

Sharpening bits and random tips. By Bob Hadley.

The Creative Homebuilder

Light-duty control cables. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Aero ’lectrics

Harbor Freight leads the charge! By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 6—obstacles.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Chasing ratings. By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Three common discrepancies. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

On electric light. 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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