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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...

Booker Zenith Cruzer

After 3 years and 800 hours, N553BD made its inaugural flight. The Lycoming O-235-powered aircraft flew hands-off and climbs like a homesick angel. This...

Lapo A. Busi TEAM Minimax

I bought this plane at 50% of building stage. In Italy a lot of Minimax were flying since the 90s. I modified a lot...

Norton Sonex

This Sonex project was purchased for its cross-country speed and the possibility for aerobatics. I hung a new solid-lifter Jabiru 3300 engine on the...

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Garmin GPSMap 696

Garmin has introduced at tablet-style portable that combines the best features of a panel-mounted multifunction display and a portable GPS. The screen real estate in itself is noteworthy, but the additional features are impressive; by Marc Cook.

Around the Patch

Marc Cook discusses the loss of Geared Drives Bud Warren and his daughter, as well as his decision to step down from his position as Editor-in-Chief.

Safety Is No Accident: Canards

The appeal of canard-type designs hasn't faded, and the design was heralded as inherently safer because of its resistance to stalling. Ron Wanttaja reveals the veracity of that claim given the accident numbers.

Rear Cockpit

A place for her.