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The purpose of this page is to encourage interaction between readers and editors. You—the readers and builders—are what make KITPLANES a magazine that appeals to fellow builders. We'd like to see as many of your projects in the magazine as possible. The Readers Page is here to list how you can get involved in current editorial projects underway. For each specific project, appropriate contact information is listed. Feel free to e-mail us with questions or comments about the magazine (editorial@kitplanes.com).

--Paul Dye, Editor

Upcoming Editorial Projects

What Worked & What Didn't Work...Dos & Don'ts...Best Ideas/Worst Ideas

In the process of building a kit aircraft, every homebuilder comes up with some ideas that work great and some that turn out terribly. Share them with us! We want to hear what worked for you and what didn't turn out as planned. We'll pass on advice to current and aspiring builders so they can duplicate your successes and avoid your mistakes! E-mail us at editorial@kitplanes.com. A few sample topics include:

  • Engine selection and installation
  • Choosing the right kit
  • First flights
  • Maintenance
  • Annual inspections
  • Financing your project
  • Dealing with insurance companies

Get Your Airplane in Completions

If you've built a plane and flown it, please send us a submission for our Completions section. Completions remains one of the most popular departments in KITPLANES, and we want your plane there! Every kitbuilt and plansbuilt plane that's flown will be included in the order they are received. Send the original digital file of your image to editorial@kitplanes.com. Include a description (200 words maximum) of the project and the finished aircraft, and send us your contact information and whether we can publish your address in case other builders would like to contact you.

Here are some elements that we think are necessary for a good photograph:

  1. Focus -- the main subject (your airplane) must be entirely in focus.
  2. Exposure -- don't send us a photo that's underexposed or overexposed -- we can't fix that here.
  3. Color -- make sure the photo's color is true to what the airplane looks like.

Here are some tips for making your airplane look good:

  1. Walk up to the airplane until it takes up the entire frame in your camera's viewfinder. Photos that are taken from 100 feet away diminish in quality when they're enlarged.
  2. Avoid people and/or objects that are not relevant to the photograph.
  3. Take your photos early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Avoid the middle of the day, when shadows tend to hide details.
  4. Make sure the background is acceptable and clear of objects that might degrade the photo.
Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Dynon-SkyView-SE-videoAt 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.
garmin-g5-videoThe 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.
SuperSTOL-videoAt 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.
zenith-360-degree-videoKit 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.
audio-panels-thmWhether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins.
Avidyne-440 videoLarry Anglisano along with Avidyne's Tom Harper show how to transition from an existing GNS430W to a slide-in IFD440, including configuration and setup of the new Bluetooth keyboard.
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