Free Flight

What does a video game have in common with building an airplane? More than you might think.

Spare the Wait and Carry On

What began, for one homebuilder, as a cross-country odyssey to AirVenture turned into an altogether different odyssey when his airplane’s voltmeter began an un-commanded...

Do’s and Don’ts of Aircraft Building, Part 2

Do’s and Don’ts of Aircraft Building, Part 2

Checkpoints

Panel upgrades.

Light Stuff

The rules around Letters of Deviation Authority are labyrinthine, which helps explain why they are relatively rare. But the problems could be—and should be—corrected through a few regulatory changes. By Roy Beisswenger.

Checkpoints

Prepping for the sale.

The Dawn Patrol

Sharon’s Combine Service part II—the repair. Dick Starks.

How About a Little Prop Talk?

Here’s something new for me. Until my recently acquired GlaStar, I have never owned an airplane without an adjustable propeller. True, the Pulsar XP’s...

Editor’s Log

Paul Dye explains how it was possible for him to become editor-in-chief of KITPLANES before he actually left his old job at NASA and what you can expect to see in KITPLANES in the near future.

Around the Patch

Homebuilt aircraft manufacturers are sometimes reluctant to admit that they have created a less than perfect design, let alone offer a fix. Arion Aircrafts Nick Otterback is bucking that tide; by Marc Cook.

In Case You Missed it

Sphere Turning

Sphere turning.

Build a Bear: Mellow Yellow

Dave Prizio and team build a paint booth (too small), test drive charcoal masks and bunny suits, and discover the joys of covering your homebuilt plane with $400 per gallon paint.

Repetition

Repetition is a big part of building an airplane. Fortunately, for many builders, it is also good for the soul.

Tech Tip: Tailwheel Tune-Up

Keeping your plane on the straight and narrow.