Homebuilding on the Edge

Out in the California desert, innovation in homebuilding is the rule, rather than the exception. By Marc Cook.

Understanding Your Risks

Paul Dye discusses risk management, and how you can decrease the chances of having an aviation mishap.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

Working on the wings.

Build a Bear: Taking Stock

The big truck bringing Dave Prizio’s Texas Sport Cub arrives, and the inventory and painting processes begin.

Buying a Used Homebuilt: Different Types

Fly before you buy, factory support, engines, and Light Sport.

Builder Survey: Wilderness Calling

Lucky 13: RANS S-7 Coyote builders tell KITPLANES about their building, company support and flying experiences. By Mary Bernard.

Future Fuels, Part 2

When 100LL phases out, the replacement will almost certainly be a 100-octane equivalent. But which one? By Paul Bertorelli.

Build a Bear: Mellow Yellow

Dave Prizio and team build a paint booth (too small), test drive charcoal masks and bunny suits, and discover the joys of covering your homebuilt plane with $400 per gallon paint.

Build a Bear: Put the Fabric in Fabrication

Dave Prizio evaluates the two major fabric covering systems – PolyFiber and Air-Tech – and sets to work, patiently covering his Texas Sport Cub airframe.

More Than a Science Project

The folks at Sonex have been busy with recent first flights of both their battery-powered E-Flyer and the single-place, folding-wing Onex.

In Case You Missed it

Free Flight

Surprisingly, building a metal aircraft may also mean getting familiar with fiberglass. Here are some tips to make that portion of the build less painful.

What’s the Deal With AN Hardware?

As a new kit builder, you may have wondered about that gold-colored AN hardware...

Home Shop Machinist

Titanium-when and where to use it and how to machine it.

How the Pros do It: Maule, Part 2

The visit to Maule Aircraft continues.