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Metal Magic Video Series: Shop Safety

In the first episode of the new KITPLANES Metal Magic video series, our host Paul Dye, multi-time builder and former NASA Flight Director, takes...

Wilkes Subsonex JSX-2

Almost two years to the day from ordering the kit, the first flight was May 22, 2020 and lasted about 20 minutes. Everything was...

Homebuilders Week Starts January 26

Get into the building groove during the first EAA Homebuilders Week online event.

Van’s Shipping Dept. Quarantined Until January 15

Van's Aircraft has put a hold on sending parts out the door until January 15 because the shipping department employees had been exposed to...
Kitplanes June 1999 cover.

Archive: June 1999

The Viking Cygnet was on the cover of our June 1999 issue. The plansbuilt design debuted at Oshkosh 1977 as Bert Sisler’s second design....
Kitplanes February 2021

February 2021

On the cover: RANS head honcho Randy Schlitter flies the factory S-7LS for Richard VanderMeulen’s camera way back in late 2011. The high-utility S-7, featured in our “Buying Used” article this month, looks as good today as it did then. 2021 Engine Buyer’s Guide: Power up! Find your perfect engine in our yearly powerplant directory. […]
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Lockwood is Hiring

While the pandemic of 2020 put a crimp in many activities, it hasn't been bad for all of the experimental aircraft industry—we've heard from...

Zenith STOL for Microsoft FlightSim

Microsoft Flight Simulator fans will have a new toy for Christmas this year. SimWorksStudios is set to release the Zenith STOL CH701 model featuring...

Homan Legal Eagle XL

I completed Legal Eagle XL SR 7-1/2, Snoopy's Revenge 7-1/2 in July of 2020. It is powered by a Verner 3V engine, with 42...
Kitplanes December 1998 Cover

Archive: December 1988

A Great Lakes biplane was on our December 1988 cover, and the issue contained our directory of all the homebuilts available for 1989—34 pages...

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Anatomy of a Modification

Paul Dye takes readers through a rework of his RV-3's fuel system to illustrate why some mods are a sound choice.

Legal Eagle XL

Sometimes slow and steady wins the race, especially when you want a leisurely wind-in-your-hair, no-fuss flight. The plansbuilt Legal Eagle XL answers that call.


Pitted wheel bearing cup.


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