After the Accident

Okay, you bent your airplane. What happens next?

What Is My Instrument Panel Going to Cost?

A look at several options and what goes into the final price.
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A Fix for Square Tires

A simple lever jack might be all you need to banish the “thump thump.”
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Stop Smoking

A simple rivet repair we hope you won’t have to make.
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Ask the DAR

Heeding manufacturer overhaul times, about the repairman certificate.
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Tom Aberle said he looked at Phantom daily for a couple of years trying to decide if it was ugly or beautiful, and while its combination of angles and curves is unique, its 12 championships make it beautiful in our eyes.

Biplane Gold

Phantom dominates biplane pylon racing by harnessing traditional homebuilding talent.

It’s Da Bom!

Levil Aviation’s BOM puts pitot-static, AHRS, GPS, ADS-B In, and its own power source right under your wing.
Rion Bourgeois (left) and Philip Groelz test the tank for leaks.

Building the Bearhawk LSA

What could possibly go wrong?

Error Chain: It’s What You Don’t Know That’ll Kill You

Or, how to be lucky and dumb–a hypothetical tale in three acts.
ADSB - the final lap

ADS-B – The Final Lap

The real deadline is upon us for ADS-B, are you ready?

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The Dream Is Alive

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Editor’s Log

As Editor-in-Chief Mary Bernard steps down from her post at KITPLANES, she thanks the team that helps create the magazine each month and welcomes her successor, Paul Dye.

Light Stuff

Dave Martin revisits the Evektor SportStar, and even after a three-year hiatus, he found the Max IFR to be a forgiving and delightful airplane.

Engine Beat

How are your cylinders doing? A differential compression test can uncover any problems-almost before they start. Steve Ells explores what the results mean, and what to do about them.