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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.

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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Metal Magic: Deburring

Holes are drilled so let's get them cleaned up and ready for fasteners. Paul Dye explains the process of deburring holes and edges in...
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Work at Glasair Aviation

As Glasair Aviation USA moves into the next phase of its "Covid Pause," the company is looking for a technical support person at its...
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Metal Magic: Drilling Like a Pro

It pays to get good with drilling because you'll be doing a lot of it.
Kitplanes March 2021 Cover

March 2021

On the cover: Randy Shannon enjoys a flight over the prairies of eastern Kansas. His plane is the first customer-built Zenith CH 750 SD to fly. Photo by LeRoy Cook. Table of Contents Which Propeller? Twelve Months to Takeoff: The first customer-built Zenith CH 750 SD takes to the sky. Renewal—Overhauling your own Lycoming: Part […]
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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

In Case You Missed it

Editor’s Log

Mary Bernard discusses staff changes at KITPLANES and the new series and columns that are making their debut this month.

Expanding Current Technology

The Fourth Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium gathered an elite group of movers and shakers who are doing some exciting things with electric motors and other fuel-efficiency technologies. By Marc Cook.

Firewall Forward: Engine Mounts

Dynafocal, conical or DIY? Some engine-mount decisions are dictated by your choice of engine, but there’s more to it than that. Dave Prizio walks you through the process of mating engine to airframe.

Editor’s Log

Mary Bernard discusses the challenges companies face when they try to improve an existing design, let alone develop a new product. The Glasair Sportsman TC is a case in point.