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Sam Buchanan

Sam Buchanan
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A Wood Tailwheel Lift

(Or how to save your achin' back.)

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 3: the lows and highs of Phase One.

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 2: from crate to airport.

Building an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker D.VII

Part 1: priorities and decisions.

Legal Eagle XL

Sometimes slow and steady wins the race, especially when you want a leisurely wind-in-your-hair, no-fuss flight. The plansbuilt Legal Eagle XL answers that call.

Found From Space

A technology developed by ham radio operators, called automatic position reporting system (APRS), coupled with low-cost GPS receivers, a decent antenna and the World Wide Web, have made it possible to track light-aircraft flights without incurring access or subscription fees. Yes, you'll need to get a Technician license for radio operators, but thats a minor obstacle if this system is something you want or need to use.

In Case You Missed it

Checkpoints

Advice for flying in Alaska.

Editor’s Log

Mary Bernard discusses staff changes at KITPLANES and the new series and columns that are making their debut this month.

Garmin’s Budget Navigators

Just when we thought the stand-alone GPS navigator was dead, Garmin introduces two new ones aimed at lower budgets.

Light Stuff

The author reviews the Kappa KP-5 LSA, imported by Kappa Aircraft from the Czech Republic. This is a conventional, low-wing, trigear configuration airplane, with a staggered seating arrangement that allows more room for each occupant, while keeping the cockpit narrow. The KP-5 is powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax 912 ULS engine and a Woodcomp three-blade prop, and has a useful load of 583 pounds. Full-power airspeed is stated as 138 mph. Avionics equipment includes a Dynon EFIS and engine monitor, Garmin GPSMAP 496 and Garmin transponder.