For a couple‭ ‬of hundred bucks‭, ‬why‭ ‬argue about whether a handheld VHF‭ ‬com radio is worth having‭? ‬Top-of-the-line tablets can cost five times as much and navigate with‭ élan, but no com. The VHF market isn’t nearly so vibrant as things that run apps, but Sporty’s is out with a new one called the […]

Sporty’s PJ2

For a couple‭ ‬of hundred bucks‭, ‬why‭ ‬argue about whether a handheld VHF‭ ‬com radio is worth having‭? ‬Top-of-the-line tablets can cost five times as much and navigate with‭ élan, but no com. The VHF market isn’t nearly so vibrant as things that run apps, but Sporty’s is out with a new one called the […]

Special Delivery

There are events in your life where you‭ ‬will always remember the time‭, ‬place‭ ‬and what you were doing when they‭ ‬happened‭: ‬September 11‭, ‬2001‭; ‬your‭ ‬first solo‭; ‬and‭, ‬for me‭, ‬a phone call and proposal from an air-racing legend‭. ‬ It was 2:30‭ ‬in the afternoon and I was putting gas in my car […]

Homebuilt Accidents: Focus on Van’s

The RV series has an excellent safety record.

The Big Toot

The Big Toot Tommy Meyer‭ ‬built is not the two-seat‭ ‬biplane his father envisioned‭. ‬“It was going to be a side-by-side version of Little Toot‭, ‬with longer wings like a back-staggered Beech‭,‬”‭ ‬said Meyer‭. ‬His father‭, ‬George W‭. ‬Meyer‭, ‬“was going to use Monocoupe landing gear with the wheels turned backwards‭, ‬where the wheels were […]

Turbine Temptation: Wiring, Avionics and Plumbing

The systems are simple but space is tight, so plan ahead.
GlaStar

Buying Used: GlaStar

This article begins a new series that takes off from our previous articles on buying a used Experimental/Amateur-Built airplane. Where the previous series took a broad look at the general topic of buying a used Experimental, in this series we will focus on one make and model of airplane at a time, going into the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Maintenance Matters

Aircraft maintenance records.

Risky Business

Target fixation in the air and the hangar. By Sid Mayeux.

Home Shop Machinist

DROs and VFDs.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.