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June 2019 Issue

Flight Reports

Speedster Evolution

Kitfox Series 7 steps up to speed. By Scott M. Spangler.

Builder Spotlight

How Long Will it Take to Build?

Answers to homebuilding’s most difficult question. By Kerry Fores.

Making Progress on the GlaStar Project

Fixing the tail, installing the engine, and hanging the wings. By Dave Prizio.

Fly the High Road or the Low Road?

How to choose the right altitude for every flight. By LeRoy Cook.

How To Sell Your Homebuilt Aircraft

Helpful tips for setting the price, finding a buyer, showing your plane, and protecting yourself from risk. By Lisa Turner.

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Wheel pants and gear fairings, part 2. By Eric Stewart.

Buying a Used Homebuilt

The pre-buy inspection—what is it and why do you need one? By Dave Prizio.


Ask the DAR

Modifying different types of Light Sport Aircraft, updating Phase II operating limitations. By Mel Asberry.

Shop Talk


Missing operating limitations. By Vic Syracuse.

Plane and Simple

Make your aircraft look fantastic! By Jon Croke.

Home Shop Machinist

Cold heading a Phillips. By Bob Hadley.

Aero ’lectrics

LED fairy tales. By Jim Weir.

Shop Tips

Cleco Pads

By Larry Larson.

Fine Line Paint Masking

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process—CG limits and tail size. By Barnaby Wainfan.


Editor’s Log

The homestretch. By Paul Dye.

Building Time

Odds and observations. By Kerry Fores.


Backup systems. By Vic Syracuse.

Rear Cockpit

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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