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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.

Unairworthy

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.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Does high tech satisfy? By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

Prebuy inspection success tips. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Builders by type. By Tom Wilson.

Untitled Document Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
Port RV-8Here is my RV8 that I completed in June 2017. I didn't have enough time to fly off my phase one in time for Oshkosh but I did get there for 2018. I started with a quick build kit (if you call four and a half years quick build) and then added the Show Planes …
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/n  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 …

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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