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Jim Wright's RV-9A

After 7-1/2 of building I finished my RV-9A in May 2011 and it was painted in 2012. It is running a Lycoming O-320 E3D...

Alperin Sportsman

I completed construction of the Glasair Sportsman on November 1, 2016 in the Two Week to Taxi program at Glasair Aviation and received the...

Thierry Zibi's SAM LS

5 years ago, I wanted a retro-looking aircraft, like the trainers of the golden age but with modern comfort, construction and flying manners. That...

Tim Delf's Sky Jeep

After 10 enjoyable years of on and off building, my plans built Zenith CH701 aircraft received its airworthiness certificate on March 10, 2011 and...

Bob Cartwright's RV-7

RV-7 N646RC (Builder # 71194) flew for the first time on the morning of October 4, 2011 after 8 years of construction with Jerry...

Dan Palmer's Wittman Buttercup

This is my Steve Wittman-designed Buttercup built and flown at Moriarty, New Mexico. Earl Luce plans were used for the airframe. It is powered by...

Randy Owen's Zenith 701

After 2 years, 5 months and about 1060 hours building time, my Zenith 701 flew for the first time, and flew flawlessly. Even at...

"Old Crow" Huber RV-7A

After six and a half years, I received an airworthiness certificate on August 2, 2018. The first two flights were on August 10, flown...

Bill Hogue's AutoGyro MTO Sport

I had been researching gyroplane technology for the past 20 years and knew that the modern gyroplane was an amazing aircraft. After scoring a...

Jim Nelson Sportsman

On June 12, 2019 Sportsman kit #7146 became N816J—airworthy according to my DAR! On September 19, 2019 N816J “slipped the surly bonds of earth and...

In Case You Missed it

Engine Overhaul Part II – IRAN vs. Overhaul

Back in September 2019, we looked at the process of evaluating a troubled engine...

To Dream The (Almost Impossible) Dream

Almost from the beginning of aviation, the idea of a plane you could drive/car you could fly has captured both the popular imagination and the hearts of some dedicated experimentalists. The dream remains alive, and realization, the author says, is fettered only by the lack of willing investors; by Murry L. Rozansky.

Experimotive

Rick Lindstrom looks at Maxwell Propulsions upgraded FWF system, and peeks into the systems future.

Stressing Structure

Z-Brackets and the free-body diagram.