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Thirty Years of KITPLANES®

Helping build better flying machines and growing the community.

Crewing at Reno

A window into air racing.

Ask the DAR

Transferring an aircrafts repairman certificate, replacing a lost airworthiness certificate, converting a certified aircraft to Experimental.

2011 Engine Buyer’s Guide

We take another look at the current offerings of traditional aircraft engines. Compiled by Marcie Moody with text by Marc Cook.

Using Drywall Spackling Paste as a Filler Material

A comparison of 10 products.

Build It Better: What’s Your Backup Plan?

The word “redundancy” is often heard in aviation, and with good reason. But a well-thought-out backup plan involves more than just having two of everything.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

What Is My Instrument Panel Going to Cost?

A look at several options and what goes into the final price.

Staying in the Game

It’s never been easy to afford flying, and it’s getting harder. As costs continue to rise, here are innovative ways to stay in the air.

In Case You Missed it

Build It Better: For Want of a Nail

In aviation, one pin out of place can result in disaster. Details matter.

Van’s RV-14

The latest RV prompted quite a buzz. So what exactly is different about this roomy two-seater—and how does it fly? Taking off from the Van’s factory in Oregon, Paul Dye samples the new design.

Editor’s Log

Paul Dye explains how it was possible for him to become editor-in-chief of KITPLANES before he actually left his old job at NASA and what you can expect to see in KITPLANES in the near future.

The Dawn Patrol

You know you're gonna get some, sooner or later.