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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 (

--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 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 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.
Best of... Monthly Photo Contest Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
dye-6-reasons-for-homebuilts-video-thm_2Kitplanes magazine editor-in-chief Paul Dye is a former NASA flight director, but he’s also a passionate homebuilder, currently working on a Dream Tundra. At AirVenture 2015, he gave his six top reasons for joining the homebuilt community.
gemini-video-capAt AirVenture 2015, Superior Air Parts provided a progress report on their new Gemini three-cylinder diesel, showing off an installation in an American Legend Cub.
rotax-915is-capNo one was expecting it, but at AirVenture 2015, Rotax introduced a new engine, the 135-hp turbocharged 915 iS. The company says it’s expected to be available by about 2017. Rotax/BRP’s Marc Becker gave a┬ábriefing on the new engine.
Paul_Dye_SubSonex-Jet-300x168When Kitplanes was given the opportunity to fly and review the Subsonex, we brought along Paul Bertorelli, our Editorial Director to capture the sights and sounds of the little jet for our readers. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed flying the airplane. Our full review will be found in the August […]
garmin-virb-rv12Van's Aircraft has a new VIRB action camera interface in the RV12 that works with the newly introduced Garmin G3X Touch avionics suite. Larry Anglisano took the system flying at the 2015 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, for a closer look.
rotax-factory-tour-snipWith the 912 iS and new iS Sport engine, Rotax is making gains with new products. Reporting for KITPLANES, Paul Bertorelli visited the factory last summer and produced this video explaining how the engines are built.
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