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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.
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Firewall Forward: The Oil Change

Let's get started with the KITPLANES Firewall Forward video series, sponsored by the Tempest Aero Group. In this episode, our editor at large Paul...
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Brian Kelly’s Radial RV-8R Flies (Again)

Brian Kelly has successfully flown his radial-powered Van's RV-8. Formerly fitted with a Rotec radial, the airplane has been re-engined for a Verner 9S....

Archive: August 1985

The amazing Rutan Voyager was on the cover of our August 1985 issue. If you know your dates, you appreciate that ours was a...

April 2022

On the cover: Chris Hill patrols the skies over Gerogia in his plans-built, Le Rhône-powered Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker replica. Photographed by Julia Apfelbaum. Table of Contents Blast From the Past: Chris Hill’s Dr.I replica is as close as you can get to an actual 1917 Fokker Dreidecker. Homebuilt Accidents—Emergency Landings: Pilot skills become critical when […]
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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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Firewall Forward Video Series Introduction

A new video series about the major firewall-forward tasks a new airplane builder needs to know.

Archive: April 2012

Formation flying was the subject of our April 2012 cover. RV builder Dave Klages took us through the prep and practice for formation work...

March 2022

On the cover: Outstanding workmanship is evident throughout Darwin Barrie’s Grand Champion RV-7. Photographed by Jon Bliss over Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. Table of Contents Finding the Proper Prop: Which propeller is right for your homebuilt? Constant-Speed Props: How do they work? Going for Gold: Darwin Barrie’s RV-7 takes home the gold. Dealing With Off-Nominal: 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
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Metal Magic: Should You Bother Priming?

Paul Dye wraps up the KITPLANES Metal Magic series with a discussion of whether or not to primer-protect aluminum structures. There's a lot of...
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Metal Magic: Fixing Mistakes and Making Adjustments

No airplane project is perfect. You are human and you're going to make mistakes. KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye discusses some of the...
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Metal Magic: Making Parts Fit

In our 22nd episode of Metal Magic, KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye goes into some of the tactics to make recalcitrant airframe pieces...

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The Fly As You Go Plan

Learned colleague Paul Dye recently wrote about the time-limited nature of aviation hardware. That...

Letters

Sawtooth MythIn his article All About Avionics: EFIS Dreams Stein Bruch complains about the...

So You Want to Get Paid to Build?

How to make your homebuilding skills really pay off.

Free Flight

Filing IFR gives you the flexibility to take advantage during fluctuating weather conditions rather than being at the mercy of them.