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June 2018 Issue

Flight Reports

Belite Chipper

Economy two-seat flying for STOL and cruising. By LeRoy Cook.

Builder Spotlight

Round-Engine Revival

A visit to Verner Motor in the Czech Republic. By John Christian.

Around the World and Over Both Poles

Sky Polaris—a historic flight in an RV-8, part 3. By Don Pearsall.

Jet Eze

Turning a dream into reality, part 2. By Lance Hooley.

Custom BRS Installation in an RV-9A

Whole airplane parachute systems are a viable option for homebuilts. By Eric Stewart.

Updating an Old Friend

Bolt-on electronic fuel injection and ignition for the Continental O-200. By Ross Farnham.

Homebuilt Accidents: Comparing the Causes

Do certified aircraft have different types of accidents than Experimentals? By Ron Wanttaja.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Epoxy and fuel resistance tests, part 2—choosing an epoxy for a fuel tank. By Eric Stewart.

Ask the DAR

Engine data plate, airworthiness certificate issued by an IA, ELT requirements with ADS-B. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Maintenance Matters

Crank seal replacement. By Paul Dye.

Home Shop Machinist

Feeling groovy. By Bob Hadley.

The Creative Homebuilder

Heavy-duty control cables. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Aero ’lectrics

Anatomy of ADS-B. By Jim Weir.


Loose alternate air door. By Vic Syracuse.

Shop Tips

Jabiru Dipstick Removal Tool

By Chuck Deiterich.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process, part 7—runway surface. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Does high tech satisfy? By Paul Dye.


Prebuy inspection success tips. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Builders by type. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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 …
I always wanted something to do in retirement that that would be both challenging and fun. I couldn't envision myself playing golf only during the summer months so I decided to build and fly my own airplane. Looked around at all of the offerings from the kit manufacturers and finally decided on a Zenith CH …

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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