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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.

Aircraft Building Workshop Returns Florida in January 2020

Zenith Aircraft Company is returning to Florida this winter to host its popular hands-on workshop session. The workshop will be held January 24 &...

EAA to Give Free Admission to Youth at AirVenture

The Experimental Aviation Association announced that young people age 18 and under will be admitted free to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020 in an effort...
Kitplanes January 2020

January 2020

On the cover: Dave Ammenti puts his Glasair GlaStar through its paces on a perfect CAVU day. Photographed near Palo Alto, California, by Richard VanderMeulen.
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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.
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Bob Nuckolls and Morrie Hummel Inducted into EAA Hall of Fame

Notable contributors to the world of homebuilts were inducted into EAA's Sport Aviation Halls of Fame on November 7 during a ceremony at the...

Walker Zodiac CH640 – “Bluebird”

I’ve always enjoyed woodworking and working with my hands. After building a regulator clock from a kit, then building a dulcimer from an instrument...

Zenith Aircraft Workshops at DeLand

Zenith Aircraft Company is returning to the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase with kit aircraft assembly demonstrations and its popular hands-on workshop sessions. At the Zenith...

New Online Builder’s Log From EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association introduced a new, online EAA Builder's Log, free for all EAA members, to use to document projects and demonstrate compliance...

Machin Zenith 601XLB

After about 10 years of stop-start building (funny how life gets in the way of the important stuff) I finally finished up I got...

December 2019

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To (VHF) Nav or Nav Not

A KITPLANES Roundtable Technologies develop, sometimes slowly over time, with the kind of sloth that makes you wake up one day, see an evolved landscape,...

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The Dawn Patrol

Take time to peel a banana.

Build It Better: Learning from History

Everything we know about aviation comes from the experience of designers, builders and pilots who came before us. Understanding their successes and failures can help us fly and build more safely.

Around the Patch

Have you checked your fuel system for leaks lately? Turns out theres a good reason to periodically conduct a thorough investigation. Incipient leaks may go undetected. Worse, when the O-ring on the fuel-selector valve goes bad, it could allow air into the system, which means your engine could misbehave at a most inconvenient time. Often, this malady is difficult to diagnose and the assumption is that the fuel selector is OK when it is not.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir presses the venerable LM317 variable voltage regulator (plus a few other parts) into service as a way to juice up a discharged battery.