A Sign of the Zodiac (Part 7)

It’s about the journey, not the destination, as Rick Lindstrom’s homebuilt Zodiac 601 XL is ferried by friends from Florida to its new home in Cloverdale, California.

An Immigrant’s Journey

Enchanted with the idea of building his own amphibian, Larry Woods came across a Ukrainian design, the Aeroprakt A-24, which seemed to fit the bill. After much research, he got a hold of a kit, built it, and then liked it so much that he became the Canadian distributor.

To Launch a Light Sport

This month’s chronicle of building a Jabiru J250 Light Sport airplane covers the assembly of the wings and tail, and discusses the value of surface preparation.

The Price of Power

More power! Bob Fritz takes a close look at what makes batteries go, what kind is best for your plane, and how to get the most out of your battery.

The Independence Project: Avionics

It’s time to install the shiny, expensive boxes in the RV-12. Yes, the avionics package goes in… and it’s not as difficult as it used to be. By Dave Martin.

Hiring Help With Avionics

Larry Anglisano makes the case for homebuilders getting professional assistance with complex avionics installations.

Engine Beat

When do you need an engine preheater, and which type is best if you do?

Kerpow!

An untimely prop strike results in more than just a call to the insurance company. Decisions regarding engine and propeller replacement open up numerous options. By Bill Repucci.

Induction Wave Propagation

Yet another way to increase engine volumetric efficiency.

To (VHF) Nav or Nav Not

A KITPLANES Roundtable Technologies develop, sometimes slowly over time, with the kind of sloth that makes you wake up one day, see an evolved landscape,...

In Case You Missed it

Editor’s Log

Mary Bernard explores the background of Jeff Ackland and his new Radial Rocket RG, this issues cover story.

Unairworthy

Broken starter ring gear teeth.

Down to Earth

A month after the engine was first started on the RV-10, author Amy Laboda and her husband, Barry Marz, scheduled a visit from DAR Ray Howell, received the airworthiness certificate, and commenced ground runs. It sounds simple, but so much effort went into getting that little piece of paper.

Low-Cost Spark Plug Ohm Tester

This handy tester is rugged enough to be stored in your tool tray with...