Mike and Laura Starkey’s RANS S-21

Part 1: foundations of the build.

ADS-B and the Little Guy

ADS-B installation may be avoidable for many small homebuilts.

Funny Money

When I was a kid, way back in the 1960s, one of the toughest decisions I had to make was whether to buy a...

Aircraft Brakes

Some experiences and improvements.

Mounting On a Curve

A long time ago, when homebuilders began installing Garmin 430s—the most popular IFR GPS/nav/com of the day—we were mostly left on our own to...

Nutsert Notes

Let me say right up front that I hate nutserts. Also called rivet nuts, threaded inserts or rivnuts. (I’m sure there’s a formal product...

Lightweight Stepladder

I affectionately refer to my Jabiru light-sport as being a “low high-wing” airplane. This is because, despite it being a high-wing configuration, you have...

Support Your Wings

Having constructed several high-wing aircraft kits, I can attest to the anxiety that comes from the exercise of mounting wings to the fuselage. This...

VHF Com–the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

With a panel full of glass and diodes turned into all the colors of the rainbow, the poor old VHF com sitting over in...

Design Process: Span and Aspect Ratio

At this point in the design process we have determined the wing area. The choice of high- versus low-wing and structural concept of the...

In Case You Missed it

The Ownership Experience

Is the Turbine Evolution the ultimate upgrade?

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.

Champions

We talk with Grand Champion builders about their experiences building some of the finest airplanes in the world.

Letters

Crank Seal ReplacementI really liked "Maintenance Matters" in the June 2018 issue. I did...