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Archive: August 2008

The mighty Murphy Moose, sporting a Pratt & Whitney PT6A on the nose, threatened to snort right through our August 2008 cover. The airplane,...

November 2022

On the cover: Originally designed for National Geographic photo expeditions, the AirCam is the perfect aircraft for flying low and going slow. Photo by Mariano Rosales. Table of contents The AirCam Experience: Pure enjoyment flying low and going slow. Homebuilt Accidents—Captains vs. Fledglings: How does pilot experience affect the accident rate? Building the 750 SD […]
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KITPLANES – The Independent Voice for Homebuilt Aviation KITPLANES® magazine is the world’s #1 homebuilt aviation magazine. Written exclusively for enthusiasts like you, our editors pack each issue with need-to-know information on building, flying, designing and maintaining your own amateur-built category manned aircraft. Subscribe Today

Postcards From Reno 2022

Here's a review of what we've seen at the Reno races this year. Photos by Tom Wilson, Ariana Rayment, and Paul Dye.
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Firewall Forward: Baffling

In the final installment of KITPLANES Firewall Forward, editor at large Paul Dye takes a close look at engine cooling for air-cooled aircraft. Learn...

Archive: May 2003

The Acro-Sport II was on our May 2003 cover, followed by a flight review of a “biplane with an interesting family history.” Well, who...

eXenos Motor/Battery Mounts Now Available

Sonex announced that motor/battery mounts are now available to order for the Xenos Motorglider Zaero Electric Propulsion package. Developed by Gabriel DeVault, the installation...

October 2022

On the cover: Axel Alvarez flies the RV-15 engineering test prototype over Oregon. The aircraft is the first high-wing design from Van’s. Photo by Bernardo Malfitano. Table of contents 50 Years of Success: What it takes not just to survive but thrive as a kit manufacturer. Van’s—The Middle Ages: Personal memories from a long career […]
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What You Should Know About Hoses

KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye takes you through a brief tour of the common firewall-forward hoses and discusses what to look for when...

Archive: March 2013

On the cover of our March 2013 issue was the last fully new airplane introduced by Van’s Aircraft, the RV-14. As Paul Dye wrote...
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Dealing With Supply Chain Issues

Supply-chain issues have been at the root of shortages in aviation (and pretty much everywhere else) for nearly two years. Since they have an...

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Metal Magic: Laying Out Lines of Rivets

In this episode Paul Dye explains how to lay out lines of rivets on...

Plug In Power

Years ago a friend of mine was faced with commuting for his airline job...

Show Your Sleeves: Silver or Copper?

Nearly every aircraft utilizes metal cables to operate control surfaces like elevators, rudders and...

Firewall Forward: Lycoming Engine Service School

Dave Prizio attends the Lycoming Engine Service School in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and comes away from the experience with many lessons.