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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®.

DAR Corporation Offers FAR 23 Loads Software

DAR Corporation is offering a program called FAR 23 Loads that provides a procedure to calculate the loads on an airplane according to FAA...


Opening day at AirVenture was a day fans of the popular Van’s series of kitbuilt aircraft will remember. In the afternoon airshow, a cavalcade...

Dynon Debuts D-1 Pocket Panel EFIS, ADS-B Receiver for SkyView

Dynon introduced a handheld EFIS that can be used in any airplane, not just Experimentals. Called the D-1 Pocket Panel, it will snap into...

Safari Helicopter to Offer Pilot Training

CHR International, Inc., purveyor of the Safari kit helicopter, has announced that the company has partnered with Camelot Aviation to provide pilot training for...

Editor’s Log

While some aviation enthusiasts such as the Friends of the RV-1 devote their time to historic restoration, those at the Electric Aircraft Symposium contemplate what the future might bring. By Mary Bernard.

Editor’s Log

Editor Mary Bernard shares what she saw and heard at the annual Sun ’n Fun fly-in.

First Customer-Built Onex Flies

Sonex Aircraft announced that the first customer-built example of its new Onex single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft has flown. Bill Fisher of Jackson, Tennessee,...

Editor’s Log

Editor Mary Bernard addresses readers’ concerns about legibility in the magazine and offers a correction about pricing of the Safari kit helicopter.

JPI EDM-900 Engine Analyzer at SNF

JP Instruments was promoting its new EDM-900 engine analyzer, introduced in January, at SNF. The unit measures about four and a half inches by...

Grand Rapids HXr Debuts at SNF

Grand Rapids Technologies introduced its 10.4 inch HXr EFIS at the show, which is designed to allow the use of an Android phone or...

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What’s New

Find welding resources at USAWeld.com, Ztron Labs offers an alternative to conventional aircraft circuit breakers, and record your flights with the AV-HD video system from Data Toys. Edited by Abby Ventzke.