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KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for 30 years. He is a 4500-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

Van’s Announces Management Changes

Van’s Aircraft has shifted its management staff, saying it is “the right time to adjust the focus and priorities of the management team” in a year of rapidly expanding sales.
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Take a Ride In a Thorp T-18

Join Phil Mandel for a walkaround description and a brief flight in his Thorp T-18 homebuilt, one of the most affordable high-performance homebuilts on...
Glasair Sportsman

Glasair Aviation to Restart With Kits, Not Two Weeks to Taxi

Glasair Aviation is planning to emphasize kit sales and production first and restart TWTT later.

An Icon Passes

Chris Heintz left behind a legacy of innovative, functional design and successful kit-company strategies that relied on keeping the designs simple and costs low.

Barriers to Entry

Sometimes, when using shorthand in our conversations about Experimental aviation, we use the term “barriers to entry” primarily in the context of money. And...
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GlaStar Walkaround with Amy White

New GlaStar owner Amy White describes what it's like to own and fly this popular homebuilt aircraft. Ride along as she offers her first-hand...
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EAA Interview: Looking Ahead To Task-Based Phase I Flight Testing

We talk with EAA's Sean Elliott and Tom Charpentier about the proposed changes to Experimental Phase I flight test.
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Zenair Founder Chris Heintz Passes

Prolific aircraft designer and founder of Zenair Chris Heintz has died. According to Zenith Aircraft, “Chris died peacefully at his home in Southern France...
ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot

Excited About EFBs

Recently, I came across photos of my work in the 1990s, when I was with AOPA Pilot and often moving airplanes from coast to...
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Return to Flight

A GlaStar’s Titan IO-340’s tale of tweaks and temptations.

In Case You Missed it

Maintenance Matters: Yearly Condition Inspections

Yearly condition inspections-the rest of the story.

Letters: September 2019

Building and Selling Two articles in the June edition really hit home for me: “How...

Roll Your Own

Builders Ken Scott and Ken Kruegers unique project is off the drawing board and into production. They're working with the engine builder, the wing is behind them, the nosebowl is taking shape-and the fuselage is taking over the living room;

SPOT, Checked

Navigation expert Langley R. Muir, Ph.D.s in-depth study of the SPOT Personal Tracker reveals its capabilities…and what you need to know to use it most effectively.