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July 2018 Issue

Flight Reports

CubCrafters EX-3/FX-3

Another better Cub! By Paul Dye.

Builder Spotlight

Rotax’s 915 iS is Ready to Roll

Itís got a great power-to-weight ratio, but also a complex installation procedure. Donít be surprised if it inspires a new design or two. By Paul Bertorelli.

Twilight of a God

What a 550-mph experimental looks like. By Tom Wilson.

Emergency Locator Transmitters

Choosing a beacon to save your bacon. By Jared Yates.

A Good Samaritan

An RV-10 does heavy labor alongside certified muscle for a good cause. By Myron Nelson.

RV-8 on Ice

The effects of icing on aircraft performance. By Nigel Speedy.

Meeting the 2020 ADS-B Requirements

A moderately priced solution from Garmin. By Dave Prizio.

Ask the DAR

Questions about operating limitations when changing engines and adding avionics for IFR. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Rulers move over. By Jon Croke.

Home Shop Machinist

DROs and VFDs. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

Crystal clear. By Jim Weir.


Leaking fitting. By Vic Syracuse.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design processósize, bones, and balance. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Single-seat economics. By Paul Dye.

The Dawn Patrol

Road trip. By Dick Starks.


Improving the safety record. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Builder types II. 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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