Flight Evaluator Watches Your Every Move

Do you ever wish you could replay a flight or a flight lesson with greater accuracy than your memory provides? How about keep an accurate record of your Phase I flight testing? These are among the goals of Appareos Flight Evaluator system, comprised of the GAU 500 Flight Recorder, a cube-shaped box carried in the airplane, and a software suite used to analyze the flight data later on. …

CGS Donates Original Hawk Prototype to Sun n Fun Museum

The original CGS Hawk prototype, which made its public debut at the 1982 Sun *n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, will permanently reside where it all started, the company announced. Designer (and still company president) Chuck Slusarczyk announced that hes donated to the Sun *n Fun Museum. When the Hawk was introduced, it caused a huge flurry of interest and initiated a bit of controversy as well. In an era when foot launching, open seating and…

Eagle Offers Engine Build Programs for XTREEM Engines

Ameritech Industries, the parent company of Eagle Engines and American Propeller Service of Redding, California, has announced the debut of an engine build program for Eagles XTREEM 360 and XP-360 powerplants. The two-day builder-assist workshop will be held at the company's shop on one weekend every month. Two options are available for interested customers. The first is observation only--*this is designed for the individual who would like to learn about how the engine is built along…

Enhanced Version of ePanel Builder Site Debuts

Bill VonDane of Whiskey Victor, Inc. announced the debut of the company's long-awaited new and enhanced ePanel Builder web site. The site is designed to provide kit aircraft builders with the tools necessary to design and build an instrument panel to exact specifications. The new module will guide builders through the design and building process with as much or as little assistance as desired. New tools allow builders to design and save multiple versions of a…

FAA Approves Waiex and Xenos Kits for 51% Rule

The FAA completed full evaluations of the Waiex and Xenos kits from Sonex, Ltd. in October 2005 for compliance with the major portion requirement of 14 CFR section 21.191(g). Sonex announced that both kits were approved and now officially meet the 51% Rule, as its usually called. The approval ensures all Waiex and Xenos builders will have a smooth road in registering their completed airplanes as Experimental/Amateur-Built. It also ensures that all non-U.S. customers whose governing…

Stratomaster Adds to Line of Glass Instruments with the Ultra Horizon...

Pilots crave flexibilitycall it the Type A personality in all of usand Stratomaster has provided just that in the new Ultra Horizon XL. This monochromatic EFIS has new user-configurable screens that allow for personalization; these screens can be customized to place the instruments in different places on the display but can also be disabled easily for a simplified layout. …

A Quick 100 For the Groen Brothers SparrowHawk Gyroplane

Groen Brothers Aviation announced that total sales of the company's SparrowHawk gyroplane and SparrowHawk/P modification kits have now reached 100. Sales have strengthened since the introduction of the new FAA Sport Pilot rules, the company says, since gyroplane builders with the appropriate license can now fly the SparrowHawk using a drivers license instead of an FAA medical certificate. …

Control Visions AnywhereMap Available for $95

Control Vision, makers of the AnywhereMap, AnywhereWx, Pocket Plates and Anywhere EFB portable navigation systems announced a new low price on its award-winning AnywhereMap software. Pilots who use handheld computers (Pocket PCs, PDAs and PDA/phones) can now add fully functional moving map navigation software to their units for only $95 including six months of updates. This is not a pared-down version of the software-it is the complete moving map system with flight planning, en route flight…

Aircraft Spruce Offers Plans and Materials for the Christavia

Just after we completed the final details on this years Plans Aircraft buyers guide (in this issue), we received word that Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has acquired the design rights for all three models of the Christavia aircraft. The Christavia MK-1, MK-2 and MK-4 were designed by homebuilder Ron Mason of Elmwood Aviation in Ontario, Canada. …

The Latest Edition: Kit Airplane Construction, by Ron Wanttaja

Homebuilt aviation guru and Fly Baby aficionado Ron Wanttaja, well known to KITPLANES readers for the myriad topics hes written on over the past 15 years, has published the third edition of Kit Airplane Construction, his venerable guide to building airplanes at home. Generally aimed at those in the audience whove yet to actually assemble a kit or build from plans, the book covers everything from an introduction to the Amateur-Built world and its regulations…

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Ask the DAR

Are computer software programs sufficient documentation of a build, and what do you do when a DARs request seems unreasonable?

Letters: September 2019

Building and Selling Two articles in the June edition really hit home for me: “How...

The Eagle Takes Off

Precision Airmotives Eagle EMS brings electronic management to traditional aircraft engines for nearly turn the key and go flying. By Marc Cook.

What’s New

TCW Technologies announces two new products, ChartFlier introduces a low-cost entry to the ADS-B market, and a veteran airshow performer pilots the SubSonex jet on its maiden flight.