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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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Metal Magic: Cutting and Shaping Angle Aluminum

In another segment of KITPLANES' Metal Magic series, editor at large Paul Dye shows you how to accurately cut and artfully shape even large...

Archive: January 1993

Our January 1993 cover featured the provocative RANS S-11 Pursuit. Howard Levy’s story chronicled Randy Schlitter’s already impressive resume at the time—nearly two decades...
Kitplanes October 2021 Cover

October 2021

Table of contents Star Bird! Luxury and efficiency join elegantly in this unique blend of twin engines and canard airframe. Mike and Laura Starkey’s RANS S-21: Part 11—The last 90%. The Tale of the Tundra: The difficult truth of being an early adopter. Easy Slider: Building a one-piece fiberglass canopy skirt and windshield fairing isn’t […]
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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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Metal Magic: How To Back Rivet

Master aircraft builder Paul Dye demonstrates how to "back rivet" metal for a clean, consistent look, and offers suggestions to avoid common mistakes. This series...
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Metal Magic: Installing Nutplates

Every screw needs a place to go, and for many metal airplanes, that's into a nutplate. KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye shows you...

Archive: February 1999

Our February 1999 issue teased a summer’s worth of aeronautical splash-n-dash with a “Water-Flying Special.” In it, we covered amphibious aircraft and floatplanes as...

Postcards From Oshkosh

There was much to see at AirVenture 2021. Some photos our reporters took did not make it into our daily coverage from Oshkosh, but...

September 2021

Table of contents Ryan ST Reimagined: Timber Tiger Aircraft’s ST-L brings modern technology to a classic design. Buying Used—Zenith STOL CH 701: For 35 years, the “Sky Jeep” has soldiered on. Shining a Light on DarkAero: Ryley, Keegan and River Karl provide a behind-the-scenes view of the DarkAero 1. Avionics Boot Camp: Troubleshooting 102—EFIS calibration […]
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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

New Parmetheus G3 Landing and Taxi Lights from WAT

Whelen Aerospace Technologies (WAT) announced today the launch of its brand new Parmetheus™ G3 LED landing and taxi lights. The new G3 Series is 2.5...

Wood Legal Eagle XL

I completed my Legal Eagle XL at home and covered the wings in my living room and dining room over the winter. Great Wife!!...

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A Futuristic Anachronism

Ultimate experimenter Paul Lipps has used his own homebuilt, a Lancair 320, as a test bed for his many innovations, which include reflexed flaps, an ultra-long pitot tube for more accurate readings, a solar-powered fan for the cockpit, a cowl scoop for ultra cooling of the magneto, extremely close clearances between the spinner and the prop, and a one-of-a-kind propeller.

The Ultimate Upgrade

As Martha and Wendell Solesbee near completion on their Lancair Evo, they encounter the minor setbacks that make the “90% done, 90% to go” expression ring true.

Flight Review: Back to the Future

Bob Grimstead offers an appreciation of the VariEze and its designer, Burt Rutan. Both the man and the design were ahead of their time.

Know (You May Be) the Limit

I was in a bad place. I knew the flight might not end well...