Retirement Project

A backcountry Bearhawk built for comfort, cross-country cruising and cargo capacity.

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.

Aircraft Brakes

Some experiences and improvements.

Buying Used: Kitfox

Always in high demand, be ready to act fast when you find one you like.

Backcountry Cruzer

Gary Motley makes the most of the Zenith CH 750’s performance spectrum.

Where Have All the Homebuilts Gone?

Thousands of E/A-B aircraft have been removed from the rolls, but most of them haven’t existed for decades.

Checkered Past

Building the Bearcoupe from 3D plans.

Experimental Audio Panels: Sophisticated, Integrated

PS Engineering and Garmin have kit-focused audio systems for under $2000. They have generous feature sets and high-end audio quality.

Crimping Style

Repairing the cable on a Bose headset.

In Case You Missed it

What’s New

AirGizmos offers new gadgets, RDD Enterprises makes speed brakes for the Vans RV-10, and AeroLEDs offers LED-based nav/strobe lights; edited by Mary Bernard.

Aero ‘lectrics

This month, Jim Weir describes how to create an LED strip with any three colors and offers a brief lesson on human optics too.

Letters

Digital Edition I really love KITPLANES, as it is one of the few...

Around the Patch

Have you checked your fuel system for leaks lately? Turns out there's a good reason to periodically conduct a thorough investigation. Incipient leaks may go undetected. Worse, when the O-ring on the fuel-selector valve goes bad, it could allow air into the system, which means your engine could misbehave at a most inconvenient time. Often, this malady is difficult to diagnose and the assumption is that the fuel selector is OK when it is not.