The Best

What is “the best”? How is that defined, and by whom?

Flights of Fancy

It’s more cliché than observation to note there’s a whole lot of dreaming going on in aviation.
Kitplanes December 1998 Cover

Archive: December 1988

A Great Lakes biplane was on our December 1988 cover, and the issue contained our directory of all the homebuilts available for 1989—34 pages...

Propped Up

After seeing Paul Dye’s thorough review of the Whirl Wind propeller on his RV-8, I admit to a pang of impatience. You see, I’ve...

A Matter of Survival

If your aircraft turns in to a smoldering pile of ash and your gear happens to be in the baggage compartment, well…what you’ve got is what you’ve got.

Joining Your World

Like many, I suppose, I hadn’t intended to be part of the Experimental world.

Hanging up the Spurs

As I write this, it is August 31, 2020, which wouldn’t normally mean anything to anybody, especially me. Except for this particular day is...

A Brief, Un-Researched History of Cockpit Noise Solutions

There are things from our collective past that leave me gob-smacked. Homes were painted (and tainted) with lead paint. Cigarettes were promoted for their...

Forgetting How?

Overheard comments are often the most interesting, probably because your brain is in a more receptive mode than if also occupied trying to one-up...

Elements of Evolution

For this month’s cover story on the updated Van’s RV-14A, I not only got to spend a couple of days flying and photographing the...

In Case You Missed it

The Ins and Outs of Pre-buys

Dont buy a used Experimental aircraft without one (Part 1).

What’s New

AirGizmos offers new gadgets, RDD Enterprises makes speed brakes for the Vans RV-10, and AeroLEDs offers LED-based nav/strobe lights; edited by Mary Bernard.

Support Your Wings

Having constructed several high-wing aircraft kits, I can attest to the anxiety that comes...

Mounting On a Curve

A long time ago, when homebuilders began installing Garmin 430s—the most popular IFR GPS/nav/com...