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Kitplanes January 2021

January 2021

On the cover: Paul Dye and Rollie VanDorn enjoy a flight in the 315-hp Bearhawk 5 prototype. Photographed near St. George, Utah, by Richard VanderMeulen. Table of contents The Big Bearhawk: Bearhawk 5—more room, more horsepower…more everything. Mike and Laura Starkey’s RANS S-21: Part 6—Pieces and parts. Whirl Wind 300: Three blades at the speed […]
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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

Viljoen SubSonex

Andre Viljoen of Broulee, New South Wales, Australia took his SubSonex skyward on November 9 becoming the first SubSonex based outside of the United...

EAA Homebuilders Week

Experts from every corner of the homebuilt aircraft community will bring their knowledge and information to aviation enthusiasts everywhere during the first EAA Homebuilders Week.

Story RANS S-20

We started the RANS build with a kit order in December 2014. In April 2015 I convinced my friend Chris to help go retrieve...

Archive: February 1989

On our February 1989 cover we celebrated the “Return of the Cub.” From today’s perspective, it’s hard to imagine it was ever gone, but...

Setser RV-7

After 16+ years of blood, sweat, tears and a little salty aviator language now and again, RV-7 #71748 officially went from “project” to “airplane.”

December 2020

On the cover: Greg Hughes of Van’s Aircraft pilots the newly up-powered RV-14A. Photographed near the Oregon coast by Jon Bliss. Table of contents 2021 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory: Over 1000 aircraft to choose from. Van’s RV-14A: More power, more better. Avionics Boot Camp—Big Talk: The standalone com radio lives on, and it’s become smarter, flexible […]
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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

Zenith Workshops – Virtual and in Person

Zenith Aircraft is inviting future builders to join them for the next hands-on live virtual workshop next month from the comfort of your own...

Homebuilt Aircraft Feature and Capability Survey

Tell Us What You Think Experimental aircraft have long been about innovation and personalization. We know that from looking at the available designs and talking...

Archive: December 2002

Eighteen years ago this issue, we put Jack Harper’s single-seat Breezy derivative on the cover that also touted the 2003 kit buyer’s guide featuring...

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Wind Tunnel

VTOL aircraft.

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.

Avionics Special: Garmins G3X

Garmins latest entry to the EFIS market lives up to the company's reputation for providing value for the price. By Marc Cook.

Cleco Pads

I recently painted the glareshield section of the top forward fuselage skin before...