Editor’s Log

Does high tech satisfy?

What’s New

The Dakota Cub Super 18-180 kit debuts, Dynon updates its autopilot software for EFIS units, and AeroLEDs updates its SunSport landing light. Edited by Mary Bernard.

The Back Yard Flyer

When Dick and Sharon Starks found that Sharon's Airdrome Aeroplanes Morane Saulnier L Parasol replica was TPd at Oshkosh, the search was on to find the culprits. Along the way, they also discovered an innovative new ultralight from Valley Engineering;

Checkpoints

Darwin in aviation.

Flying in the Ford World

Sage philosopher and aviation nut Uncle Ishmael explains how, for about the price of a 4-year-old Ford pickup truck, you can own a serviceable homebuilt aircraft. Youll probably have to forgo anything certified, and hone your scrounging skills, but when all is said and done, isn't getting up in the air flying better than sitting on the ground dreaming?

Rotax Factory Tour

Paul Bertorelli takes a tour of the Rotax factory in Austria and discusses the company’s new 912 iS engine and what it has to offer to homebuilders.

The Dawn Patrol

Good things come in threes.

News from E-Mag, Levil, and Sensenich

E-Mag offers an electronic mag for the IO-540, Levil has a PC-based EFIS, and Sensenich introduces a composite ground-adjustable prop for the RV crowd. Edited by Mary Bernard.
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Let the Ink Dry

For as long as I can remember, and thankfully that is more than five decades, I’ve read of builders performing an aircraft’s first flight...

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Aero ‘lectrics

This IC walked into a (light) bar…

Flight Review: The Rand KR-2

Bob Grimstead sampled the diminutive Rand KR-2 and found it demanding to fly in some respects but also thoroughly enjoyable.

Safety Is No Accident: Auto-Engine Conversions

Ron Wanttaja crunches the numbers to determine whether homebuilts powered by auto-engine conversions are inherently less safe than their traditional engine brethren.

Homebuilt Accidents: Evaluating Engines

Statistics show traditional certified engines have the best reliability.