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Archive: September 2013

Our cover featured a SeaRey amphibian chilling out on the water. Inside, Dave Forster took us along as he flew with another SeaRey from...

Zenith Aircraft’s Hands-On Workshop Class Returns to Texas

Zenith Aircraft Company is returning to southwestern Texas to host its popular hands-on kit aircraft building workshop. The two-day workshop will be held February...

March 2023

On the cover: Trevor Aldridge flies the SW-51 over the northwestern Arkansas countryside, looking for Messerschmitts. Photo by Zak Heald. Table of contents 2023 Propeller Buyer’s Guide: Our annual roundup of propeller companies will help you make the right choice. ScaleWings SW-51 Mustang: Carbon fiber and 70% scale but true in spirit to the original. […]
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Archive: September 1997

The rakish, T-tail Ban-Bi homebuilt was on our September 1997 cover, teased as “French Curves & Carbon.” Designed by Michel Colomban, father of the...
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Using the Rapco Brake Rivet Tool

At KITPLANES we love tools. The Rapco tool makes relining common aircraft brakes easy. KP editor in "cheap" Marc Cook offers a quick tutorial...

February 2023

On the cover: While conducting reconnaissance for our annual Buyer’s Guide, Tom Wilson photographed this beautiful IO-540 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Table of contents 2023 Engine Buyer’s Guide—Power up with our annual powerplant directory: Which engine will you choose? Flat four-stroke gasoline Inline and V four-stroke Radial and rotary (traditional) Rotary (Wankel) Compression ignition (diesel […]
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Lang Arion Lightning XS

Although I had been active with RC model airplanes all my life, a retirement goal was to complete a full-scale airplane that my wife...
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Zenith Workshop Updates

Sebastien Heintz and Herman Eshuis report from Zenith's kit aircraft building workshop class at the Wheels & Wings (builder assistance) facility in Lake City,...

Archive: April 1985

Built by John Tumilowicz, the Sirocco on our April 1985 cover was the fifth design by Marcel Jurca. Candidly, author Howard Levy related that,...

January 2023

On the cover: Pete Dougherty enjoys a flight in CubCrafters’ new Lycoming-powered 186-hp EX-2 363i. Photographed near Yakima, Washington, by Jon Bliss. Table of contents CubCrafters EX-2 363i: Adding another branch to the Cub family tree. Lifelines: Aircraft Specialty Flightlines delivers custom CNC precision to homebuilders worldwide. Building the eXenos: Part 3—prepping the patient, de-motoring […]
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The Virtue of Simple

I had all the best intentions. When I bought my GlaStar, I had hoped...

Broken Control Cable

Here’s a throttle control cable that has separated from the housing. It is very...