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Jim Nelson Sportsman

On June 12, 2019 Sportsman kit #7146 became N816J—airworthy according to my DAR! On September 19, 2019 N816J “slipped the surly bonds of earth and...
Kitplanes November 2019 cover

November 2019

On the cover: Paul Dye flies his SubSonex personal jet over Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada. Photographed by Richard VanderMeulen.
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Winner’s Circle What’s this I hear about Paul Dye already winning some kind of award for his SubSonex? When will we see more on this...

Chipper Aerospace Up For Sale

Following a fire earlier this year that destroyed much of the company's inventory and tooling, James and Kathy Wiebe have decided they cannot continue...
Gerry Peterson’s S-19 Venterra

Gerry Peterson’s S-19 Venterra

My S-19 Venterra received its Special Airworthiness Certificate on April 7, 2019 after a thorough inspection of the aircraft and documentation by DAR Vic...

Zenith Aircraft Annual Open Hangar Days & Fly-In is Next Friday...

Zenith Aircraft Company is hosting its 27th annual Open Hangar Days & Fly-In at its factory at Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri.

Aircraft Spruce Opens West Chicago Facility

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. held a Grand Opening at its new facility in West Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 7. Several hundred customers...

G3X Touch Installation Class for Experimental Aircraft

Garmin Aviation Training will host a two-day G3X Touch for Experimental Aircraft - Installation Course at the company's headquarters in Olathe, Kansas on October...

Garmin Avionics for Experimental Aircraft Webinar – Thursday, September 5th

Garmin will be hosting a Garmin Avionics for Experimental Aircraft webinar this Thursday, September 5th, 2019. Learn more about the various experimental aircraft avionics solutions available from...

Companion: A New Bearhawk With Side-by-Side Seating

Bearhawk Aircraft announced a new model in its lineup of Bearhawk aircraft kits, the Bearhawk Companion. Expected to ship in October, the Bearhawk Companion...

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Built to Suit

Considering the kit as raw material let John Spratt build an S-20 Raven optimized for his high-country travels.