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September 2018 Issue

Builder Spotlight

Backcountry Cub Special Operations Edition

Premeditation defines Paul Collins’ first project. By Scott M. Spangler.

Rutan Aircraft Flying Experience

Keeping Burt Rutan’s classic canards alive. By Dave Forster.

Front Seat in a Pietenpol

Low, slow, and good for the soul. By Tom Winter.

Engine Overhauls

A visit to Poplar Grove Airmotive. By Dan Dudley.

A Cautionary Tail

His Mong Sport was ready to fall apart, but there’s no way Jeff Rose could have known it. By Tom Wilson.

New Gear for an Old Plane

Building landing gear from scratch for a Starduster One. By Dana Hague.

Whole Airplane Parachutes

Should you install one on your ultralight or experimental? By Lisa Turner.

G3X Upgrade

Improving an already capable panel. By Bob Markert.


Builders share their successes.

Ask the DAR

Importing a Canadian experimental to the U.S., maintenance regs, Form 8000-3 confusion. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Maintenance Matters

Aircraft maintenance records. By Dave Prizio.


Loose jam nuts. By Vic Syracuse.

Plane and Simple

Double-duty band saws. By Jon Croke.

Home Shop Machinist

Home shop wheel-ee. By Bob Hadley.

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own pull tester. By KITPLANES® Staff.

Aero ’lectrics

Three to get ready. By Jim Weir.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process—wing size. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Know your (operating) limitations. By Paul Dye.


Sun ’n Fun musings and more. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Progress and the Red Baron. 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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