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Mary Bernard
Mary Bernard - The product of two parents with Lockheed Aerospace careers, Mary grew up with aviation, prompting her to pursue pilot training as an adult. Her father, a talented tool-and-die maker and planner, instilled in her an abiding interest in how things are built. For more than a decade, she has been a contributing writer and Managing Editor for KITPLANES®.

Editor’s Log

As Editor-in-Chief Mary Bernard steps down from her post at KITPLANES, she thanks the team that helps create the magazine each month and welcomes her successor, Paul Dye.

Garmin Offers New VHF, Nav/com Radios

Garmin has announced a new series of VHF com and nav/com radios in its GTR and GNC series. As replacements for the SL 30 and SL 40 models, the GTR series com transceivers and GNC series nav/com radios include new features to reduce pilot workload while offering a solution to meet the requirements of the […]

News from Kitfox Aircraft

Kitfox recently released a flurry of press releases announcing two new engine options for its Experimental/Amateur-Built kit and factory-built Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA), along with a new flight training program that uses Kitfox airplanes. First, Kitfox announced that it will offer the new Rotax 912 iS fuel-injected engine on both the Kitfox SLSA and […]

Editor’s Log

Change is inevitable, and, in the media world, it’s coming at us hard and fast. Editor in Chief Mary Bernard considers the trends.

The Flightline TV Series to Make National Debut in January

The Flightline, an aviation-themed magazine television show, is making its national debut on January 5, 2013, on the Discovery Communication Velocity network. The Flightline is set for a 52-week run as part of the exciting Saturday morning programming on Velocity. Show times are at 9 a.m. EST. The show is entering its third season after […]

AeroLEDs Offers Upgraded Landing/Taxi/Recognition Light

AeroLEDs has introduced an upgraded version of its AeroSun for use in Experimental Aircraft and Light Sport Aircraft. It is designed for wing mounting in aluminum and composite aircraft and has built-in wig-wag and pulsing modes in addition to its standard steady beam. Each AeroSun uses one-fourth the power of an equivalent 100-watt halogen bulb […]

Progressive Aerodyne to Offer Factory-Built SeaRey

Progressive Aerodyne, which has been manufacturing kits for the SeaRey two-place amphibian homebuilt for more than 20 years, has announced that it passed the FAA Light Sport Prototype audit and obtained an airworthiness certificate from the Orlando MIDO office November 8. “We will carry on the Legacy of the beloved SeaRey in the production airplane,” […]

2013 Plansbuilt Aircraft Buyer’s Guide

There are developments in the world of plansbuilt designs. Here’s what’s new, what’s old (but still going strong, such as the Pietenpol Air Camper) and what’s on the horizon. By Mary Bernard.

Editor’s Log

The free flight of birds inspired the first forays into manned flight—a perfect example of the concept of biomimicry. Editor in Chief Mary Bernard sees a similar resourcefulness in plansbuilders who look at a set of drawings and create an airplane from scratch.

Robert Hamilton Promoted to President of Dynon Avionics

Dynon Avionics announced today that it has appointed Robert Hamilton as president of the company. He assumes these duties after the departure of Vice President of Engineering and COO Nick Bogner. Bogner had been with Dynon since the very beginning in 2000 and has been part of the development of all of Dynon’s products. Hamilton, […]

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