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Why You Should Do Engine Oil Analysis

Engine oil analysis for aircraft is an essential element of long-term powerplant health, for both Experimental and certified aircraft. KITPLANES' Marc Cook shows how...

500-hour Inspection vs. Overhaul

About every 500 hours, your magnetos need to be inspected and repaired as needed (IRAN) to keep them performing well. Some of this work...

Bob’s Donut Shop

In my April 2021 column, I described making custom rivet nuts to replace self-tapping screws for the wing root fairings on my Jabiru. While...
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Metal Magic: Riveting By Squeezing

Best practices for driving round-head rivets with a squeezer.

Chattering Timers

Back in November 1999, I sadly consigned my old battery eating “buzz box,” a WW-II 1940s-era mechanical doorbell-ringer magneto timer, to that big buzz...

Start Building Your Aircraft With a Subkit

Deciding to build an aircraft does not have to be one big, final decision.

Hang Up!

I have been flying my RV-9 for 14 years and a thousand hours. You would think that by now I’d have this figured out,...

Broken Battery Hold-Down Bracket

This battery hold-down bracket was discovered in an RV-10 during a condition inspection. It is a very serious safety issue that probably needs no...
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Metal Magic: All About Clecoes

The Cleco clamp is the metalworker's best friend.

Installing and Maintaining Your Pitot-Static System

The pitot-static system is usually one of those items appearing on your to-do list when you are at the point of being 90% done...

In Case You Missed it

Plane and Simple

Locate that hole-precisely!

Super Duty!

Zenith takes the STOL CH 750 up a notch.

Builder Survey: Wilderness Calling

Lucky 13: RANS S-7 Coyote builders tell KITPLANES about their building, company support and flying experiences. By Mary Bernard.

Learning Complex Systems Means Knowing How They Work

The importance of understanding your aircrafts avionics systems in terms of form, function and troubleshooting.