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KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-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.

Dynon AirVenture 2021 Update

Dynon's Michael Schofield walks us through the product updates at AirVenture 2021.

AirVenture 2021 Day 1 Recap

Marc Cook and Tom Wilson recap day 1 of AirVenture 2021 as they sit in the rental car waiting for the rain showers to...

Van’s Sneak Peek at the RV-15

Van’s president and CTO Rian Johnson reveals a little about the upcoming RV-15, a high-wing, backcountry-capable airplane set to debut next year.

Van’s Aircraft Teases Next Design

Van’s Aircraft teased the very broad outlines of the RV-15, a much rumored, next-generation RV kit aircraft.
Rotax-582 engine

So Long, Smokey: Rotax Discontinues 582 Engine

When the four-cylinder, four-stroke Rotax 912 hit the market in 1989, few industry watchers predicted it would signal the end of the two-stroke engine....

ATS E50A Magneto Synchronizer

Aircraft Tool Supply made some seemingly small but useful updates to this magneto synchronizer. 

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.

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.

In Case You Missed it

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Coupon testing, part 4. By Eric Stewart and Brian Paris.

The 2-Mile Decision

For those of you who read my column last month on keeping the fires...

A Guide to Guides

While it never feels good to be stuck in the ribs, when you deserve...

The Coming Revolution

Tremendous progress has been made in the Automatic Speech Recognition realm (think iPhone’s Siri), and this technology may be a boon to solo pilots sooner than you think. By James P. Hauser.