What’s New

DRE has a new ANR headset, Approach Fast Stack Pro-G Hub is issued a PMA, and the Hummingbird heli quickbuild kit gets FAA approval.

Checkpoints

Sun n Fun musings.

Engine Beat

Although its not a new phenomenon, you may not be aware of reduced valve stem to valve guide clearance syndrome and what to do to alleviate it. By Steve Ells.

Editor’s Log

The free flight of birds inspired the first forays into manned flight—a perfect example of the concept of biomimicry. Editor in Chief Mary Bernard sees a similar resourcefulness in plansbuilders who look at a set of drawings and create an airplane from scratch.

What’s New

CubCrafters ships CarbonCub kits; Forward Visions EVS-100 system will be available in RotorWay Experimental/Amateur-Built helicopters; and MotoPOD will produce cargo pods to haul a street-legal motorcycle underneath the RV-10. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Checkpoints

Fly-in gems.

The Misfire

The Usual Suspect, Part 1.

Editor’s Log

As Paul Dye takes the helm at KITPLANES, he looks forward to covering this exciting time in the Experimental aircraft community.

What’s New

Dual Electronics debuts ADS-B unit, Garmin introduces GDL 39, Approach Fast Stack’s Pro-X hub and Dynon premiers D1 Pocket Panel.

Aero ‘lectrics

A sound decision.

In Case You Missed it

Letters

Torque Plates UpdateAfter being flabbergasted by the high price of Lycoming torque plates...

Around the Patch

The FAAs John Hickey and Frank Paskiewicz got an earful at the AirVenture forum assembled to illuminate proposed changes to the 51% rule. Although some of the comments ran far afield, many more homebuilders posed thoughtful and challenging questions in an effort to help them understand where they stand with regard to the new regulations; by Marc Cook.

What’s New

Sportairs Sirius LSA is available for demo flights, the Spider Tracks viewer allows you to track flights on your iPhone and MGL Avionics Second Generation EFISes debut. Edited by Mary Bernard

Cabin Heat Plenum

Inexpensive solution to heat distribution. By Gary Jones.