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Ed Zaleski 1947–2019

Ed Zaleski was in so many KITPLANES® photos that he should have been on the payroll.

eBay Biplane

“Around 2006, I was on eBay quite a bit,” said Doug Eastman of Thornton, Colorado, looking for parts for the “first airplane I ever bought, a single-seat 1953 MiG-17 that flew for the Bulgarians.” The MiG never flew before it went to a museum, but Eastman continued his eBay explorations because “it is an interesting […]
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Turbine Temptation: Power is Life!

The day the beautiful wooden box arrives from the Czech Republic is a day no SubSonex builder will ever forget. I tracked mine through the FedEx system all the way from Prague and had to work the phones between FedEx, Sonex, and Customs to make sure that it arrived safely and on time—there is something […]
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IFR GPS Buyer’s Guide: Avidyne and Garmin

Selecting a GPS for your project has never been easy, even in the early days of TSO C129(A1) GPS technology. This regulatory spec was for earlier-gen IFR GPS en route and non-precision approach-approved navigators that ushered in the age of instrument approaches by GPS. While we’ve never looked back (and while we weren’t looking the […]
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Ticket to Fly. IFR or No?

Like hundreds of fellow enthusiasts, the weather kept us out of Oshkosh 2019 on pre-show Saturday, and like dozens of refugees, we hunkered down in KDSM, Des Moines, Iowa, for the night. After the passage of several significant storms, we were glad the RV-10 was parked safely in a crowded but sturdy hangar. With an […]
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Garmin G5

Garmin figured out that not everyone was in the market for a full G3X EFIS suite. Some homebuilts out there still have six holes in a three-by-two arrangement in front of the pilot, and their owners aren’t always thrilled about tearing out the whole lot to gain redundancy, reliability, or capability. And that’s how we […]
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Continental Officially Opens New Mobile Plant

Saturday, September 14, 2019, was a big day in Mobile, Alabama… the grand opening of Continental Aerospace Technologies’ new 275,000-square-foot design and manufacturing facility. Announced...

Turbine Temptation: Building the Airframe

Rule number one for building the SubSonex: Build from the inside out. Rule number two: Never close anything until you have no choice but to do so—you might need to access something on the inside. The SubSonex is small; even experienced builders who come to visit the shop remark at just how diminutive it really […]
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Avionics Bootcamp: ADS-B For Canada and Beyond

If you’ve equipped your plane for the U.S. ADS-B mandate, there’s a good chance it won’t work in other countries, including Canada.

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,...

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Buying Used Lightning Detection

Avionics guru Larry Anglisano examines the market for used lightning-detection gear.

Build Your Skills: Fabric

Taping curved areas is essential if you want to keep them smooth, and the same goes for inspection rings or gussets. This month, we walk you through the process and help you iron out any problems; by Ron Alexander.

Fly By Night

Equipping your homebuilt aircraft for night flight has become both more complicated and more flexible thanks to a wide variety of LED lighting solutions. By Mary Bernard.

Completions

Builders share their successes.