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The Best of...
Kitplanes Monthly Photo Contest

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The author of the winning photo will receive a $25 gift card from Aircraft Spruce

Kitplanes readers are our best source of material, ideas - and inspiration! The homebuilt aircraft community is full of clever and innovative people, and our goal is to share as many useful ideas among the widest audience of builders and fliers in order to help everyone construct, maintain, and fly better airplanes. There is nothing like a little contest to help folks  share more and better ideas, but our editorial staff is smart enough to not try and judge the "Best" of anything among a sea of good ideas - so we'll ask for help from our readership. Each month, we'll ask for pictures of a specific element of Experimental aviation - the best VFR panel, the best underwing camping arrangement, the best example of aircraft wiring - and then we'll ask our readers to choose the idea or example that is the "best of the best." 


 

This month's winner: Shawn Edwards

Winner of Best of... Workshops: Shawn Edwards of Atlanta, Georgia. This is Shawn's RV-14A vertical stabilizer in the shop.

 

Next Best of... Experimental Panels

No matter what you built and fly, it probably has an instrument panel. Even the Wright Flyer had a few instruments - simple as they were - and while Experimental aircraft in the US are't really required to have anything, most builders lavish a great deal of time and attention on the part of their airplane they look at the most. We'd like to see your best panel pictures - and remember that best picture is not the same as best panel. Who can really say what the best panel is anyway? For some it is the one that cost the most money. For others, it is one that is laid out for the easiest operation. Many think that symmetry is essential in a panel - and others just love anything with a wood grain, a leather combing, and a little brass that is typical of an old-timey biplane reproduction. Be proud of your work, no matter if it is VFR or IFR - we hope to see as many Peitenpol and Baby Ace panels as we see those from Lancairs, Sportsmen and RVs.

So let's see those panel pictures!

Please submit only your own photo and send the largest file size you have. One entry per person.

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