On the cover: Greg Hughes of Van’s Aircraft pilots the newly up-powered RV-14A. Photographed near the Oregon coast by Jon Bliss. Table of contents 2021 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory: Over 1000 aircraft to choose from. Van’s RV-14A: More power, more better. Avionics Boot Camp—Big Talk: The standalone com radio lives on, and it’s become smarter, flexible […]

December 2020

On the cover: Greg Hughes of Van’s Aircraft pilots the newly up-powered RV-14A. Photographed near the Oregon coast by Jon Bliss. Table of contents 2021 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory: Over 1000 aircraft to choose from. Van’s RV-14A: More power, more better. Avionics Boot Camp—Big Talk: The standalone com radio lives on, and it’s become smarter, flexible […]
Kitplanes November 2020

November 2020

On the cover: Two fresh-off-the-line NXCubs were flown near the company’s headquarters in Yakima, Washington, and photographed by Jon Bliss. Table of contents Tri-Power: Can CubCrafters make a tri-gear bush airplane a thing? Wittman Field: AirVenture comes to this place, not from this place. Mr. Bearhawk’s Wild Ride: Calm winds at the airport and clear […]
Kitplanes October 2020

October 2020

On the cover: Chris Cram caught Glasair Aviation’s Randy Lervold at the helm of the company’s latest Sportsman iteration near Mount Baker in Washington. Table of contents Sportsman in Transition: A closer look at the “Version 1.5” Sportsman. Used—Van’s RV-7/7A: A worthy successor to the world’s most popular Experimental. Metal Vs. Wood: Part 1: A […]

September 2020

On the cover: Steve Henry’s heavily modified Just Highlander, Yee Haw 7, is a top performer in the STOL Drag racing world. Photographed by Leonardo Correa Luna. Table of contents Fly It Like You STOL It! With 300 hp, Steve Henry’s incredible Just Highlander is too much fun! Velocity U: You could probably figure out how […]
Kitplanes July 2020

August 2020

On the cover: Paul Dye pilots Valkyrie, his RV-8, near Hilltop Lakes, Texas. Photographed from the back seat of Danny King’s RV-8, Beautiful Doll, by Doug Reeves. Table of contents How the RV-8 Came to Be: Richard VanGrunsven designed an aerobatic tandem sport plane that’s also a great traveling machine. Building and Flying an RV-8: […]
Kitplanes July 2020

July 2020

On the cover: six kits for under $25,000. (Clockwise from upper left) Hummel H5, Van’s RV-4, Fisher Dakota Hawk, Aeromarine Merlin, Zenith CH 650 and Airdrome Aeroplanes Sopwith Camel. Table of contents 17 Kits for Under $25K: Building economically can be done, but you’re going to be part of the cost savings. Retirement Project: A […]
Kitplanes June 2020

June 2020

On the cover: John McBean, president of Kitfox Aircraft, enjoys a flight in an S7 Super Sport on a near-perfect Idaho day. Photographed by Richard VanderMeulen. Table of Contents Checkered Past: Building the Bearcoupe from 3D plans. Backcountry Cruzer: Gary Motley makes the most of the Zenith CH 750’s performance spectrum. Buying Used—Kitfox: Always in […]
Kitplanes May 2020

May 2020

On the cover: Erik Johnston photographed Ray Waton’s Murphy Bull Moose in Eastern Washington state. Its V-8 installation looks almost like a turbine! Table of contents: Meet the Bull Moose: All Moose‭, ‬no bull‮—‬a throaty American V-8‭ ‬motivates this outsized Canadian bushplane‭. ‬ Turbine Temptation—Into the Air: No parts left‮—‬let’s fly‭! ‬By Paul Dye‭.‬ Let […]
Kitplanes April 2020

April 2020

On the cover: Scott McDaniels pilots his RV-6A near the Van’s Aircraft factory in Oregon. Scott—who works at Van’s in the company’s prototype shop—carefully rebuilt the airplane, which he acquired after it had been damaged. Photographed by Ed Hicks near Portland, Oregon.

March 2020

On the cover: Paul Dye and Nick Otterback enjoy an early morning flight in the Arion Lightning 340. Photographed by Richard VanderMeulen near Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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What’s New

A WxWorx partner will help upgrade Nexrad, MGL Avionics Odyssey EFIS ships in the U.S., Sky-Tec offers the RX12 starter for Rotax 912/914 series engines, and TrickAir offers skis for the American Legend Aircraft Legend Cub.