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Welcome to the KITPLANES newsblog, where you will find the latest news and views on the world of homebuilt aviation. This is not intended...

KITPLANES Launches Newsblog

Brand new, still under warranty: The KITPLANES newsblog, where you will find the latest news and views on the world of homebuilt aviatioon. This is not intended to be a substitute for the great content you'll find in each issue of the magazine or right here on KITPLANES.com, but rather it will serve as a venue for late-breaking news, opinion, show coverage and stories in brief. We hope you'll take the time to share your…

Build A Plane Needs Airplane Donations

Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Build A Plane (BAP), the non-profit organization that helps kids learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics by building real airplanes, is in need of aircraft donations. Currently there are over 50 projects across the United States, plus others in India, the United Kingdom and Nigeria, and more than a 100 projects are forecast to be operating before the end of 2008. Kids are given project aircraft of all descriptions, from cabin class…

Randy Schlitter Among Eight Inducted into EAA Hall of Fame

Prolific aircraft designer Randy Schlitter has been inducted into the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame, one of eight individuals honored in Oshkosh on November 9. In addition to Schlitter, the EAA inducted Debby Rihn-Harvey and Bill Kershner to the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Hall of Fame; Wilson "Connie" Edwards to the Warbirds of …

The End of the Carburetor?

On November 1, 2007, Precision Airmotive, supplier of carburetors for Lycoming, Continental and Franklin aircraft engines, announced that it has discontinued manufacture and sales of all new float carburetors and components. This decision comes as a result of the company's inability to obtain product liability insurance for the product line. …

Glasair Aviations Two Weeks-To-Taxi Program Expands to Include Vans RV-7 and...

Growing from a program centered on Glasair Aviations Sportsman 2+2, a new subsidiary company, Two Weeks To Taxi, LLC, has been formed to continue the Sportsman program but has also added the Vans RV-7 two-place and RV-10 four-place aircraft. As with the Sportsman program, builders will work in the firms Arlington, Washington, factory alongside trained technicians who will be working from a strictly controlled build plan in order to bring the airplane to a taxi-test-ready state in two weeks. The program is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2008.

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NASA PAV Challenge Still Open

Its not too late for manufacturers to enter the CAF Foundation NASA Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) Challenge. The CAF Foundation has just learned that three of the teams entered in the 2007 event have dropped out of the competition for Light Sport Aircraft, so three slots are available. The prize is $250,000. …

When It Rains It Pours — Five New Bearhawks Fly in...

Some designs take years to gestate, gain popularity and reach a point where completions spike upward. One such spike just occurred to the AviPro...

Update: The IFR-Legal GPS Saga Continues, May End Soon

According to the Aircraft Electronics Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Federal Aviation Administrations Advisory Circular (90-100A), released in March, seemed to say that except for specified GPS units, some 26,000 other IFR-approved GPSes were no long eligible to be used in lieu of ADF and DME equipment. That now appears to be a tempest in a teapot. According to a statement by the AEA, the core issue was that wording…

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