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Wilkes Subsonex JSX-2

Almost two years to the day from ordering the kit, the first flight was May 22, 2020 and lasted about 20 minutes. Everything was...

Homan Legal Eagle XL

I completed Legal Eagle XL SR 7-1/2, Snoopy's Revenge 7-1/2 in July of 2020. It is powered by a Verner 3V engine, with 42...

Viljoen SubSonex

Andre Viljoen of Broulee, New South Wales, Australia took his SubSonex skyward on November 9 becoming the first SubSonex based outside of the United...

Story RANS S-20

We started the RANS build with a kit order in December 2014. In April 2015 I convinced my friend Chris to help go retrieve...

Setser RV-7

After 16+ years of blood, sweat, tears and a little salty aviator language now and again, RV-7 #71748 officially went from “project” to “airplane.”

McGloon Sonex

First flight of Sonex N188DM (s.n. 0739) was on May 25, 2020. With about half a tank of gas the airplane accelerated quickly using...

Arnold Cub Crafters EX-2

Like most of us, I have always wanted to build a plane. After retirement and 3 years later in October 2019 my plane took...

Huneycutt RV-10

Our RV-10, affectionately named "Tess" slipped the surly bonds of earth for the first time on November 15th, 2019. The build took almost seven...

Facchinetti RV-12

I took our Van's RV-12 HB-YPI on her maiden flight on November 13th, 2019, in Yverdon, Switzerland after 7 years of on-and-off building in...

Michel RV-9A

On July 2016 my RV-9A F-PRVN had its first flight. The building took 9 years and 15 days, really a slow build. To speed...

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Turbine Temptation: Final Integration and Testing

It looks almost finished, but there’s still much to do before the jet is ready to fly.

Letters

Aircraft Build TimesI would love to see an article on aircraft build times. I...

Theory vs. Practice

My mom once told me that when she and dad got married, she had...

Wind Tunnel

Seemingly inconsequential alterations—even mounting an inflight camera on the airframe—can result in big changes to an aircraft’s handling and performance.