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Tom Wilson

Pumping avgas and waxing flight school airplanes got Tom into general aviation in 1973, but the lure of racing cars and motorcycles sent him down a motor journalism career heavy on engines and racing. Today he still writes for peanuts and flies for fun.
Starduster with a flat tire.

Flat Broke

It was just two days before standing down for an annual inspection, so I thought to take the ol’ box kite out for a...

Shelving Progress

By introduction to his Civilisation television series, Sir Kenneth Clark made a case for the most trustworthy window on a society being its art,...

Two Years On

Habitual readers of this column know I’m not a fan of ADS-B, if only because I see such tracking technology as primarily the apparatus...


Late. Always perpetually late. Some people are early as if by breathing, but for all my panting it never happens. Which is sort of...

Viewing Dead Cow

Whereupon we take in the other airplane races in Nevada while our Lycoming takes in dust.

Miles Versus Knots

To put it politely, we were recently taken to task for using mph instead of knots when reporting on an aviation speed record because,...


2022 Engine Buyer's Guide

Two Stroke

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Jets and Turboprops

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In Case You Missed it

Editor’s Log

Paul Dye explains how it was possible for him to become editor-in-chief of KITPLANES before he actually left his old job at NASA and what you can expect to see in KITPLANES in the near future.

How Complete?

Different manufacturers have different ideas about what makes a kit complete.

A Notable Retirement

Chuck Preston is the longest serving employee at KITPLANES.


The Thrill Is Gone...Somewhat I love KITPLANES magazine and haven't missed an issue...