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Kate O'Connor

Kate O'Connor
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Kate O’Connor works as a senior editor at AVweb/Belvoir Media Group which publishes Kitplanes Magazine. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

EAA To Hold Winter Flight Fest

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced that it will be holding its inaugural Winter Flight Fest at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh,...

Garmin Introduces New Primary Flight Instrument Replacement

Garmin unveiled its GI 275, an electronic replacement for legacy primary flight instruments, on Wednesday. The GI 275 can serve as an attitude indicator,...

Aspen Introduces New E5 Features

Aspen Avionics introduced several new features for its Evolution E5 electronic flight instrument (EFI) on Thursday. New additions to the E5 include a “traditional”...

Garmin, uAvionix Resolve Patent Lawsuit

ADS-B solutions company uAvionix announced that it has resolved a patent lawsuit brought by Garmin which has been ongoing since June 2018. According to...

GAMA Opens 2020 Aviation Design Challenge

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) opened registration for next year’s Aviation Design Challenge on Monday. The annual competition, which is designed to promote...

Building A Dream (Plane)

From constructing play forts to rigging her little red wagon up to a self-propelled lawn mower for a wild ride down the street, pilot, writer and A&P Lisa Turner grew up with an interest in building things.

Boeing Buys ForeFlight

Boeing announced on Wednesday that it has acquired aviation app company ForeFlight. ForeFlight has been working in partnership with Jeppesen--also owned by Boeing--for the...

EAA Talks Homebuilt Reform With FAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) says that its Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rulemaking initiative has made substantial progress after a meeting with...

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Around the Patch

Those who plan to build an aircraft from a kit would do well to visit the factory and get to know not only the owners but also the operation. So counsels Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook, whose recent visit to the RANS factory left him favorably impressed. RANS manufacturing is diversified to weather the ups and downs of the market, and the company knows what works and sticks to it.

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Build Your Skills: Fabric

This month, fabric expert Ron Alexander discusses attaching the fabric to the aircraft parts using either a pre-sewn envelope or individually cut pieces of fabric. The process is optimized for strength in flight as well as aesthetic appeal.

Error Chain

Departure Stall! Good aircraft design and a bit of luck made it survivable. By Gary Knight and James Wiebe.