Down to Earth

An Alaskan cruise provides a perfect excuse to cross the country in an RV-10, from Florida to Washington, to board the ship. By Amy Laboda.

Alternative Energies

While researchers seek electric flight’s Holy Grail—a 10X battery—aviation’s innovators are busy determining ways to use less fuel with the technology available now. By Dean Sigler.

What’s New

Cleaveland Aircraft Tool Howe Fittings. By KITPLANES® Staff.

The Dawn Patrol

Beware the numbers.

Risky Business

Hot doggin. By Sid Mayeux.

Checkpoints

Never too experienced to learn.

Rear Cockpit

Oil: why it gets hot.

Editor’s Log

Power to the people!

Checkpoints

Bad building practices.

Light Stuff

The author reviews the Kappa KP-5 LSA, imported by Kappa Aircraft from the Czech Republic. This is a conventional, low-wing, trigear configuration airplane, with a staggered seating arrangement that allows more room for each occupant, while keeping the cockpit narrow. The KP-5 is powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax 912 ULS engine and a Woodcomp three-blade prop, and has a useful load of 583 pounds. Full-power airspeed is stated as 138 mph. Avionics equipment includes a Dynon EFIS and engine monitor, Garmin GPSMAP 496 and Garmin transponder.

In Case You Missed it

Plane and Simple

An easy move.

SOS

A tongue-in-cheek look at acronyms and other vernacular used in aviation.

Stressing Structure

Axial stresses and the stress strain diagram.

Improper Deburring

It is really important to remove the burrs that are created when drilling through...