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See How Pioneer Control Grips Are Made

KITPLANES columnist Ari Rayment takes us on a tour of Pioneer Control Grips with new co-owner Skylar Thody. These handmade control grips are works...

First Flight Experiences

I’ve done quite a few first flights for new builders. I lost count when the number went over 40. Most of them have been...

Learning To Identify Solid Rivets

Nearly every homebuilt aircraft kit has at least a few solid rivets helping to hold it together. Some kit designs use thousands of these—others,...

It’s a Knockout

When it comes time to remove and replace bearings or bushings that are press fit into tubes or deep recesses, don’t be that mechanic...

Prelude to NextGen LEDs

Just in this last few months (from June 2022), there has been a true revolution in the state of the art for power LEDs....

Unattached Vertical Fin

Here is a photo of a vertical stabilizer attach point on an RV-9A that is completely missing the four lower attach bolts shown in...

Second-Thought Tie-Down Eye

Every aircraft has tie-down points. Most of us never give them a second thought until a catastrophe strikes—like the big storm that threatened early...

Fourier Strikes Again

Ah, the email call for April 15, 2022, just arrived. Michael Zwijacz wrote to me: “Hello Jim, I’ve been following you in KITPLANES® for many...

Reverse Engineering a Glasair Tailwheel

One day last summer, seconds after rolling from the hold short line to depart Las Vegas’ Henderson Airport, a freak wind gust caught David...

Taking Your Engine’s Temperature

Your aircraft’s engine requires monitoring of various temperatures for you to know that it will continue to purr along reliably for the entire flight....

In Case You Missed it

Hey There, Charlie

I’m sure there were perfectly fine used homebuilts closer to me than N531CE—it was...

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.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Wind Tunnel

The Flying Flea.