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Kitplanes Magazine: Your Homebuilt Aircraft Authority. We cover topics relevant to anyone who has ever dreamed of building or owning a homebuilt experimental aircraft.
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Firewall Forward: Compression Testing

Unlock the mysteries of the aircraft-engine leakdown test, otherwise known as the differential compression test. KITPLANES engine meister Paul Dye breaks down the process...
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Firewall Forward: Spark Plug Maintenance

KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye goes into detail on how to inspect and maintain conventional aircraft spark plugs in the latest installment of...

Archive: July 2012

A decade ago, we had the RANS S-7S on our cover. Although current editor in chief Marc Cook had moved out of la sedia...

West Coast Zenith Fly-In and Open House

Zenith Aircraft Company's West Coast representative, Quality Sport Planes, is hosting an Open House and Zenith Fly-In on Saturday, May 21st, at their facility at Cloverdale Municipal...

June 2022

On the cover: Former military test pilot Franco Moraci in a Flying Legend Tucano R. Photographed by Marino Boric near Marina di Modica on the south Sicily coast. Table of Contents Birds of a Different Feather: Flying Legend’s Tucano replicas are a far cry from the common Experimental. No Limits! Marco Cherubini is a paraplegic, […]
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Carbon Cub FX-3 Giveaway

A brand new 2022 Carbon Cub FX-3 is being given away as the Grand Prize in an annual raffle to benefit the Alaska Airmen’s...
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Firewall Forward: Ignition System Basics

This episode in our Firewall Forward series looks at magneto ignition systems and ignition timing. What it all means, and how to do it...

Archive: May 1988

An impressively tight shot of the Prescott Pusher homebuilt made sure our May 1988 cover was dramatic. There, we promised a flight of the...

May 2022

On the cover: Way back in 1995, Marc Cook showed off the sleek lines of his recently completed Pulsar XP. Photographed by Mike Fizer along the Southern California coast. Table of contents Buying Used—the Pulsar XP: A popular homebuilt from the 1990s remains viable, if somewhat rare, today. Tour de Brodhead: It’s not a race! […]
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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
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Firewall Forward: Oil Filter Cutting and Analysis

KITPLANES editor at large and experienced engine builder Paul Dye walks you through the process of cutting open the oil filter and examining the...

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Petit Jean

This small fly-in has what it takes to become the next big thing.

Power In a Box

Self-contained digital power distribution systems make for simplified installations and circuit health monitoring.

Aero ‘lectrics

This month we get into actually building the portable antenna that was described last month;

Vortex Generators and STOL Performance

One way to solve the problem of flow separation—and stall—is by installing vortex generators on your kit aircraft.