What’s New

Lights, engines, action. Kuntzleman Electronics debuts landing-taxi-recognition LED lights; the Sherpa flies again behind the K650 Honeywell turbine; and Fisher Flying Products gets ready to resume production from its new factory in Ontario, Canada. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Flights of Fancy

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

Free Flight

Expecting your avionics software to be free of bugs is unrealistic, but there is a way to avoid being bitten.

Stars and Biplanes

Rear cockpit

Free Flight

In a short, late-afternoon flight, Paul Dye takes on a particular Houston cloud formation and exalts in the glory of flying an airplane perfectly suited to his whims.

What’s New

Simplex Aeroplanes offers discounted plans for its Cloudster Ultralight, and Superior Air Parts has resumed shipping its Experimental XP Series engines to dealers.

Checkpoints

Advice for flying in Alaska.

Rear Cockpit

Big Brother is my copilot.

What’s New

A new idle gear for the IO-540, Glasair sets Reno speed record, activate your engine pre-heater with a cell phone and more. Edited by Mary Bernard.

What’s New – Oxygen Concentrator, Factory-Built Searey, Dynon ADSB-in

Progressive Aerodyne to offer factory-built SeaRey, Windblade introduces Inogen Aviator G2-1050, and Dynon ships new ADS-B “In” weather and traffic receiver for SkyView EFISes.

In Case You Missed it

Engine Beat

What are your options to get the annual condition inspection done when you're not the original builder of the aircraft? By Steve Ells.

25th Anniversary: The Glasair-Lancair Wars

The origins of Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft precede Lancair Aircraft by a few years, but once Lancair entered the game, competition was not only fierce but also productive; by Marc Cook.

First Start

This GlaStar’s new Titan engine comes to life.

Taildragger!

The RV-14 many have been waiting for.