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March 2019 Issue

Flight Reports

Revised Raven

RANS adds metal wings and a big engine to their popular side-by-side. By Dave Prizio.

Builder Spotlight

So, You Want to Buy a Used Experimental Airplane

Is this a good way to acquire a plane of your own? By Dave Prizio.

Rewiring a Nippondenso Alternator

This simple mod lets you add an external regulator. By Ted Miller.

Transitioning into the Backcountry

Two days of training with CFI Paul Leadabrand. By Louise Hose.

In Search of Speed

Looking for the perfect next project, part 1. By Dave Forster.

Adding Direct Air/Fuel Ratio Monitoring

An easy way to optimize engine operation. By Reinhard Metz.

Making Sandable Foam Glue/Filler

An epoxy alternative that’s easier to work with for low-stress, structural applications. By Vince Homer.

Buying Trouble—Purchased Homebuilt Accident Rates

Up to half the homebuilt fleet is owned by non-builders. By Ron Wanttaja.

Ask the DAR

Licensing a partially completed project. Does major repair work count as building? By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk

Plane and Simple

Hinges for your homebuilt. By Jon Croke.

Home Shop Machinist

Axle stands. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

Staying current. By Jim Weir.


Brake caliper without safety wire. By Vic Syracuse.

Shop Tips

Oil Recycling

By Larry Larson.

Easy Hole Spacing

By Paul Dye.

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process: balance, part 3. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

Timing. By Paul Dye.


Backups—do we need them? By Vic Syracuse.

Building Time

Screws care, so should you. By Kerry Fores.

Rear Cockpit

A place for her. By Tom Wilson.

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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 …
Pappas Waiex B TurboThis is my second Waiex build. My first appeared in a Kitplanes article in 2007. This one took 24 months of part time work and uses the Aerovee Turbo and an all-Dynon avionics HDX panel. Thanks to my friends Randy Krueger for the Corvette Torch Red paint and James Butler, pilot and A&P mechanic extraordinaire …

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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