2015 Engine Buyer’s Guide: Traditional and Conversion Engines

Choices have never been better or more plentiful. By Tom Wilson and Patrick Panzera.

2019 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory

So many airplanes, so little time: over 1000 aircraft to choose from. Also learn how 10 of our regular contributors chose their own experimental aircraft. Introduction Directory compiled by Omar Filipovic.

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.

2013 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

If flying a rotorcraft is your goal, this is a great time to start exploring your options—there’s been growth in this segment, and even more expansion is on the horizon. By Roy Beisswenger.

Weather In the Cockpit

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

2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer’s Guide

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

Firewall Forward: New, Used, Something Else?

For some builders, new aircraft engines may just be out of reach. Dave Prizio explains what to look for in a used Lycoming or Lycoming-type engine along with what you need to consider before buying.

Big Screen EFIS

How you choose might depend on panel space and your control set preference—but the choices are extensive!

2014 Kit Aircraft Buyer’s Guide

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

Buying Used: Van’s RV-7/7A

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

In Case You Missed it

A Seal Deal

Radial oil seals, the kind found on rotating parts such as crankshafts, cam shafts...

Light Stuff

Dave Martin and company owner Randy Schlitter wring out the RANS S-6 LSA.

What’s New

ZuluLog offers a pilot logbook for Android devices, Zenith and UL Power announce a firewall-forward kit for the CH 650, and Garmin introduces the aera 796, its new flagship portable navigator.

Firewall Forward: Electrical Systems, Part 1

Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of wiring—plenty of homebuilders didn’t know how to do it when they started their projects. Get yourself the right tools, then jump in and start learning. Dave Prizio outlines the basics.