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Louise Hose

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Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

Homebuilt Arrivals Continue to Break Records

Two-hundred eighty-eight airplanes were parking in the Homebuilt area Friday evening, beating the 2019 record of 220. Last night, 174 aircraft were parked in...

Syracuse and Dye Step Off EAA Homebuilt Council

EAA President Jack Pelton announced on Friday that regular KITPLANES contributor Vic Syracuse and Editor-at-Large Paul Dye have finished their terms as members of...

EAA AirVenture Homebuilt Volunteers BBQ

It takes nearly 400 volunteers to make the homebuilt portion of AirVenture move along smoothly and there is little chance to formally organize the...

Homebuilt Control Tower

There is a little building just southeast of Homebuilder’s HQ with a sign identifying it as the Homebuilt Tower. I’ve been flying in for...
Dark Aero.

Visiting the Innovation Showcase

If you are into cool, whether atmospheric or “toys”, there is no better place to hang out than the Innovation Showcase. While most of...

Loki (and Paul Dye) Featured in Friday Homebuilts in Review

The SubSonex jet, Loki, and its builder, Paul Dye, were featured in the Homebuilts in Review session Friday afternoon before filled bleachers. After the...

Departure Briefing

I don’t know about you but I have been frustrated by the departure process just about every year that I come to AirVenture. Planning...

The Tribe of Homebuilders Gather

The EAA Homebuilders Dinner gathers homebuilders of all types together under one roof each Thursday night of AirVenture. Unlike the “type” gatherings that take...

Lazy Thursday Afternoon

There comes a point, usually around Thursday, when the feet hurt too much and the brain has been on overload too long to continue...

40th Anniversary of the RV-4

Have you seen a lot of RV-4s on the field this year? No surprise as it is the 40th anniversary of the Van’s Aircraft...

In Case You Missed it

Risky Business

Target fixation in the air and the hangar. By Sid Mayeux.

Wind Tunnel

Design process: balance, part 3.

Wind Tunnel

When unexpected drag is an issue, the cause could be gaps in the skin of your airplane. A simple seal might solve the problem.

I Need Help—Where Do I Look?

Building an aircraft kit is a complicated undertaking and few builders succeed entirely by...