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August 2018 Issue

Flight Reports

Ahead of its Time and Keeping Pace

The BD-4 flies into its sixth decade. By Scott M. Spangler.

Builder Spotlight

Paul’s House

A very special part of EAA history…and an unforgettable tour. By David Gustafson.

Getting Started on the GlaStar Project

Starting on the wings and ordering more parts. By Dave Prizio.

Homebuilt Accidents—When the Prop Stops

Too many accidents start with a stoppage. By Ron Wanttaja.

Oshkosh’s Homebuilt Parking Crew

Bringing you safely to final stop…and off again. By Louise Hose.

Going Retractable

The ups and downs of retractable gear. By LeRoy Cook.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Learning from the pros. By Eric Stewart.

Ask the DAR

SLSA max empty weight, sailplane condition inspections, licensing a RANS S-7LS as an ELSA. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Unairworthy

Unlabeled lights. By Vic Syracuse.

Best Practices

Fabric covering. By Dave Prizio.

Plane and Simple

Riveting soft materials. By Jon Croke.

Home Shop Machinist

Interference. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

Weir’s wires. By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process—initial weights. By Barnaby Wainfan.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

Blurring the line…By Paul Dye.

Checkpoints

A new rating and a new windshield. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

An inside look. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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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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