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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: Riveting By Squeezing

Best practices for driving round-head rivets with a squeezer.
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Van’s Aircraft on Current Demand and Quickbuild Kits

KITPLANES editor in chief Marc Cook talks to Van's Greg Hughes and Rian Johnson about the state of their business (good) and the steps...

Archive: June 1995

A turbocharged Pelican was on our cover of this issue. Inside, LeRoy Cook reported on the French homebuilt design’s kinship to the Cessna 150...

Gray Kitfox S7 STi

I started my Kitfox S7 STi build November 2018 and flew it November 2020. The guys at Kitfox have been extremely helpful along the...

May 2021

On the cover: Photo illustration by Dan Maher. Clockwise from top: Van’s RV-14, Steen Skybolt, Zenith STOL CH 750, Kitfox S7 STI, Sonex Waiex-B, Spectre Radial Rocket RG. Background photo from Shutterstock. Table of contents The Future of Homebuilding Industry: What the makers say. Engines: Here today, here tomorrow. Avionics: No giant leaps. Builders: Follow […]
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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: All About Clecoes

The Cleco clamp is the metalworker's best friend.
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Metal Magic: Intro to Riveting

Introduction to driven rivets. Learn how to judge the size of rivets you need and how to tell if you've driven them correctly.
Johnson RV-7 N9974P

Johnson RV-7

This is my RV-7 (N9974P) that was completed in August 2020 and given its airworthiness inspection by Vic Syracuse. I performed the first flight...
Kitplanes May 2021

April 2021

On the cover: Photographer Julia Apfelbaum captured Allen Floyd’s Long-EZ over the foothills near Boulder, Colorado. Piloting the photo ship was Jonathan Apfelbaum. Table of contents It Don’t Come Easy: After 13 years, Allen Floyd builds a Grand Champion Long-EZ Powering a Mystery: Lockheed Conestoga/Kudu+ Chevy V-8 = StarMaster. Mike and Laura Starkey’s RANS S-21: […]
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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

Archive: August 1989

We called it “Pulsar With a Purpose,” on our August 1989 cover, and it was Mark Brown’s popular follow-on to the single-seat Star-Lite, the...

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The Paint Shop Experience

Deciding that you don't want to paint your homebuilt airplane yourself means placing your baby in the hands of a paint shop. Susan Brunner offers some tips to help manage this important aspect of the building process successfully.

Sequoia Falco: Wings of Desire

Ten years of meticulous workmanship and a daughters dedication combined to result in a stellar example of a Sequoia Falco F.8L. Builder John Shipler enjoyed the fruits of his labor before his health declined, and his daughter Kris has continued to fly and maintain the airplane after his passing.

Living With RVs

For the last 20 plus years any person who’s thought of building their own...

Build Your Skills: Fabric

Finishing tapes not only strengthen areas that need reinforcement, but they also cover unsightly screws, rivets and rib-lacing cord. This month we cover the types of tapes available, where they should be applied and how to apply them; by Ron Alexander.