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February 2019 Issue

Buyer's Guide

2019 Engine Buyer’s Guide

In search of the good stuff. By Dan Horton.

Builder Spotlight

It Takes a Village to Build a Plane in One Week

EAA AirVentureís One Week Wonder. By Louise Hose.

Sawtooth Climb Performance

A traditional flight test technique for determining Vx and Vy. By Nigel Speedy.

On a Roll

Beringer Aero takes wheels, brakes, and landing gear to new heights. By Eric Stewart.

Build a Calibrated Tensiometer

An accurate, inexpensive, cable gauge thatís easy to make. By Reinhard Metz.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Making the perfect cut. By Jon Croke.

Home Shop Machinist

A fine finish. By Bob Hadley.

Maintenance Matters

Evaluating a used engine. By Dave Prizio.

Aero ’lectrics

Anodize, anodize, and aluminum exercise. By Jim Weir.


Wrong nuts. By Vic Syracuse.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design Processóbalance, part 2. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

That new kit smell! By Paul Dye.

Building Time

Emotions, expectations, and execution. By Kerry Fores.


Airworthiness prep. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

Big Brother is my copilot. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
N958PD first flightSubSonex Serial #21 (N958PD) made its first flight out of the Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada on the 24th of March, 2019. Winter kept trying to hang on in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but the weather smiled on us, I had a great crew that made themselves available on short notice, and we got "Loki" …
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 …

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.
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