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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.

Archive: October 1997

A sleek Lancair IV-P was on our October 1997 cover along with the blurb promising an over-gulf trip from Florida to Mexico.

July 2021

On the cover: While testing two of the latest three-blade composite props, Paul Dye photographed his RV-8 with a Hartzell Explorer and Whirl Wind WW-300 on the nose. Table of contents Three Vs. Three: A rare chance to get solid numbers on two new-generation composite props. One Piece at a Time: Les Krumel invested 22 […]
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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: Driving and Squeezing Countersunk Rivets

Paul Dye explains how to both drive and squeeze flush rivets and offers handy tips to getting good, repeatable results.

SkyPolaris – A Record Breaking Global Flight

Fans of our three-part series Around the World and Over Both Poles about Michel Gordillo's polar rounding flight in his Van's RV-8 will be...
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Metal Magic: Dimpling and Countersinking

Before you can start driving countersunk rivets, you need to know how to dimple or countersink aluminum.

Remembering Chris Heintz

Chris Heintz was a life-long advocate for the advancement and promotion of recreational flying.

Archive: April 1998

On our April 1998 cover was the sleek, motorglider-esque Europa. Actually, not just one but three of them, celebrating the latest Europa XS model,...

June 2021

On the cover: Too much fun! Joe Norris enjoys a flight in Sonex Aircraft’s turbocharged Waiex-B prototype. Photographed near Oshkosh, Wisconsin, by Mariano Rosales. Table of contents Buying Used—Sonex and Waiex: What you need to know when shopping for these Sonex Aircraft models. Return to Flight: A GlaStar’s Titan IO-340’s tale of tweaks and temptations. […]
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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: Driven Rivets

An introduction to driving round-head rivets with a rivet gun and bucking bar, the staple skill needed for building a metal airplane.
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Metal Magic: Riveting By Squeezing

Best practices for driving round-head rivets with a squeezer.

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

A blast from the past.

Wind Tunnel

Pilots, especially those in low-powered aircraft, must always know how much energy they have available to maintain flight.

What’s New

Two RANS kits return to production, Aircraft Spruce offers the Castleberry electric attitude indicator, and two Six Chuter SLSAs are certified.

Engine Beat

Do kit aircraft owners have to comply with ADs? Steve Ells examines the dos and donts of this tricky question.