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Archive: November 1997

Ron Wanttaja sampled the still-new Van’s RV-8 for our cover story in the November 1997 issue. “Forget the Fat RV-4 idea; this is a...
Kitplanes July 2020

July 2020

On the cover: six kits for under $25,000. (Clockwise from upper left) Hummel H5, Van’s RV-4, Fisher Dakota Hawk, Aeromarine Merlin, Zenith CH 650 and Airdrome Aeroplanes Sopwith Camel. Table of contents 17 Kits for Under $25K: Building economically can be done, but you’re going to be part of the cost savings. Retirement Project: A […]
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KITPLANES Virtual Round Table: Shops and Shop Spaces

Whether you build in a big box or a one-car garage, you can benefit from shop organization and tool selection.

Paint Shop Survey

Aircraft paint work is a big investment and the quality of the job can depend on the experience of the shop handling the project....

Dynon TSB: Kavlico Fluid Pressure Sensors

Dynon/Advanced Flight Systems issued a technical service bulletin regarding a problem that affects the Kavlico pressure sensors that are often installed in aircraft equipped...

Archive: January 1988

Jim Bede’s BD-5 had, by the late 1980s, still managed to hang onto its Bond-esque glory despite never really finding a good piston powerplant...

Facchinetti RV-12

I took our Van's RV-12 HB-YPI on her maiden flight on November 13th, 2019, in Yverdon, Switzerland after 7 years of on-and-off building in...
Kitplanes June 2020

June 2020

On the cover: John McBean, president of Kitfox Aircraft, enjoys a flight in an S7 Super Sport on a near-perfect Idaho day. Photographed by Richard VanderMeulen. Table of Contents Checkered Past: Building the Bearcoupe from 3D plans. Backcountry Cruzer: Gary Motley makes the most of the Zenith CH 750’s performance spectrum. Buying Used—Kitfox: Always in […]
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Michel RV-9A

On July 2016 my RV-9A F-PRVN had its first flight. The building took 9 years and 15 days, really a slow build. To speed...

Booker Zenith Cruzer

After 3 years and 800 hours, N553BD made its inaugural flight. The Lycoming O-235-powered aircraft flew hands-off and climbs like a homesick angel. This...

In Case You Missed it

Checkpoints

A continuing journey.

Letters

 The X FilesChuck Bodeen's article on X-Plane was very informative, but somewhat misleading,...

Alternate Air Opening

This was discovered on an aircraft during a condition inspection. It really was a...

Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses his recent visit to a Zenith Aircraft factory workshop where he had the pleasure of flying some airplanes and pulling some rivets.