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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.

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.
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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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Floobydust #2.

Down to Earth

Amy Laboda discusses her approach to getting instrument re-current and describes the many tools available to help you en route.

Rear Cockpit

Progress and the Red Baron.

Onex

The Onex is an economical single-seat sportplane that feels like a baby fighter.