2012 Plansbuilt Buyer’s Guide

The 2012 Plansbuilt Buyer’s Guide features 138 designs for those who prefer the challenge of building an aircraft from scratch.

2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer’s Guide

Some 320 current designs are arrayed with photos and specifications to beat the band. Compiled by Cory Emberson.

2014 Kit Aircraft Buyer’s Guide

The state of the kit world is sound. By Paul Dye and Mark Schrimmer

Weather In the Cockpit

Portable receivers rule the roost. How you choose depends on your app of choice.

How Complete?

Different manufacturers have different ideas about what makes a kit complete.

2012 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

The 2012 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide includes 49 designs for those who may be interested in building a kit helicopter or gyroplane.

2011 Plansbuilt Buyer’s Guide

Some 135 designs you can build from scratch.

2014 Plans-Built Buyer’s Guide

Not everyone starts with a kit. By Paul Dye and Mark Schrimmer.

Buying Used: Van’s RV-7/7A

A worthy successor to the world’s most popular experimental.

Shopping for a Second-Hand Project

Bargains are out there, but do your homework before writing a big check.

In Case You Missed it

Changing a Perfectly Good Airplane

Designing and building a modified RANS S-9, part 2. By Michael Ryer and John Wells.

All About Avionics: Autopilots

Want to be fresh at the end of a long flight? Experimental-only autopilots beat their certified counterparts. They're usually less expensive, more capable and far more user-serviceable (if you know what you're doing). By Stein Bruch.

High-Desert Tales

Smoke.

Soul of the Machine

Paul Dye argues that there is more between man and machine than just the hardware.