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Ariana Rayment

Ariana Rayment
Ariana Rayment is an instrument-rated private pilot from Tacoma, Washington. She discovered her love of flying through her former purchasing role at Glasair Aviation. She loves the Reno Air Races, where she stands alongside Jeff LaVelle as his crew chief and pals around with her friends in Sport Class.

RARA Announces Air Races to Leave Reno

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today that the 2023 National Championship Air Races (NCAR) will be the last time the air races...

Get a Grip

A factory tour of Pioneer Control Grips.

Radiant Technology Introduces New CO Detector

Radiant Technology recently developed a new carbon monoxide (CO) detector, the Geiger Plus, which provides CO detection for pilots and passengers. The new design...

Always Attack

As I settle into my new life in Oregon, where I know hardly anyone but hope to know more, I find myself in the...

All-Electric Zenith Flies

The all-electric Zenith CH 750 Cruzer completed its first successful test flight on January 30 in the United Kingdom. The electric CH 750 or...

See How Pioneer Control Grips Are Made

KITPLANES columnist Ari Rayment takes us on a tour of Pioneer Control Grips with new co-owner Skylar Thody. These handmade control grips are works...

My Home Airport

Recently I walked into Van’s Aircraft and kissed the cutest engineer I could find. He didn’t seem that thrilled. I suppose that’s what happens...

Bearhawk Model 5 Takes Flight

Bearhawk Aircraft announced the flight of the first kit-built Bearhawk Model 5 on Monday, November 7th. This six-place airplane was originally designed to haul...

Ari’s Reno 2022 VLOG – Ep. 3

It takes time to edit a video, especially when you throw in a move to another state and a new house! Alas, my final...

Lying to Baristas

The year is 2021. Fear surrounding the pandemic has subsided a bit and the National Championship Air Races (NCAR)—Reno, in short—are back on. Jeff...

In Case You Missed it

Down to Earth

Amy Laboda discusses her approach to getting instrument re-current and describes the many tools available to help you en route.

Replacing Baffle Seals

They wont last forever, but are critical for proper engine cooling.

Home Shop Machinist

DIY safety wire drilling.


Why we need regulated voltage in our aircraft and how zener diodes, resistors, transistors and semiconductors help us get there.