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Dan Vance

Dan Vance
Dan Vance is a mechanical engineer who has had his private pilot certificate for 45 years. He enjoys creating and fabricating things (website: gdimfg.com) almost as much as he enjoys flying.

DIY Compact Blind-Rivet Puller

  While building my Panther tail kit, I came upon this note in the assembly manual in the elevator joiner photo: “This rivet is impossible...

Releasable Piano Hinge Pin Retainer

There are lots of creative ways that builders have devised for retaining piano hinge pins. Many of them are “permanent,” so if removal is...

DIY Adjustable Rib Centerline Marking Tool

As a new builder I came quickly to the step of needing to mark rib centerlines to align the ribs with the predrilled holes in the skin.

In Case You Missed it


Sherrill Kendricks SonexOn February 20, 2007, at Morganton-Lenoir Airport in North Carolina, N43566 took...

The Other Oshkosh

Camp Scholler comes alive during AirVenture.

Editor’s Log

With so many different types of Experimental/kit aircraft available, Paul Dye explains how KITPLANES tries to include something of interest for everyone.

Chris Pryce’s “KR-2S ish”

The Rand-Robinson KR series turns 50 in 2022 and to celebrate KITPLANES has met...