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Van’s Up-Powered RV-14A Walkaround

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Zenith Workshops – Virtual and in Person

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CarbonCub NX Flight Review

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CarbonCub NX Walkaround

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Flight Review: Van’s RV-14A with Lycoming IO-390-EXP119 Engine

Van's Aircraft recently began offering a new version of the RV-14 and RV-14A kits...

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More power, more better.

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Turbine Legend

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Builder Spotlight

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Fast Squeeze

Todd Rudberg’s RV-8 helps usher in a modern era of nitrous-oxide-assisted sport planes.

uAvionix AV-30

A compact standalone EFIS at an affordable price.

Mike and Laura Starkey’s RANS S-21: Part 5

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There’s always more to learn when increasing your engine’s horsepower output and optimizing volumetric efficiency.

Garmin aera 760

A capable bigger-screen portable GPS edges into tablet territory. Is it better?

Insurance for Homebuilts: Planning 101

Choosing the right model for your skill level and one that’s well-supported is the first step in dealing with a hardened insurance climate.

Metal vs. Wood

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Mr. Bearhawk’s Wild Ride

Calm winds at the airport and clear skies don’t necessarily mean it’s a good day to go flying!

Can You Calibrate Your Hand?

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Fuel Pump Replacement

I was climbing out from my home base airport in Chino, California. I noticed...

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Garmin aera 760

A capable bigger-screen portable GPS edges into tablet territory. Is it better?

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This full-featured, full-priced certified EFIS is impressive but might not be ideal for homebuilts.

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