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Marc Cook

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.

A Spot of Bother

This title phrase can, like so much in our language, be used to convey the truth of the matter, as intended, “a little trouble”...

In Search of the Perfect (Oil) Temperature

One of the many decisions presented during the swap from my old O-320 to the new, more powerful Titan IO-340 in my GlaStar was...

Working With Experience

Part of my job is surprisingly solitary, moving words and photos around from my home office and corresponding with my staff and regular contributors...

CubCrafters’ Jim Richmond Passes

The man who started with the simple idea of refurbishing Piper Cubs and turned that into the immensely successful company building all-new, better-than-the-original utility...

Tempest AA470 Oil Filter Cutter

If you’re doing your own routine maintenance—and if you’re not, why not?—you’re going to need a means to open your canister oil filter after...

Instrument Ergonomics

Sometimes the path of least resistance is only good for the short term. You choose the most expedient course from idea to execution, hoping...

Homebuilt Aircraft Directory 2022

Here we are again with our annual “directory” of homebuilt aircraft that are available as kits, plans or both. The 2022 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory...

Trouble With Numbers

For better or worse, pilots can be an analytical bunch. Not all of them, of course, since many are what you’d call seat-of-the-pants types...

AOPA Nall Report: Homebuilt Accidents Down Slightly

The overall GA accident record showed a mixed bag.

The Modern RV-10

A well-modded RV-10 points to the state of the art in homebuilt four-placers.

In Case You Missed it

Searching for the Right RV-6

If at first you don't succeed, keep looking-sooner or later you'll find it!


Marc Cook looks at an electric motorcycle’s lessons for electric aircraft.


Duck, Its a Canard As a Velocity builder, I sat down to enjoy...

The Art of Corner Blocking in Wood Aircraft Construction

Tips for working smarter when making these small, critical parts.