Follow us on Twitter Follow us on FaceBook Kitplanes Videos Get RSS Feed
 

Reader Feedback

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
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.
Video Archive

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER SERVICE NOTICE TO KITPLANES SUBSCRIBERS:


All mailed correspondence, including subscription invoices, renewals, and gift notices, will bear our address:
PO BOX 8535
Big Sandy, TX 75755

Third parties claiming to be selling KITPLANES subscriptions are not legitimate.