March 2022

On the cover: Outstanding workmanship is evident throughout Darwin Barrie’s Grand Champion RV-7. Photographed by Jon Bliss over Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. Table of Contents Finding the Proper Prop: Which propeller is right for your homebuilt? Constant-Speed Props: How do they work? Going for Gold: Darwin Barrie’s RV-7 takes home the gold. Dealing With Off-Nominal: Part […]

February 2022

On the cover (clockwise from upper left): Rotax 912 ULS, Superior Air Parts XP Series, ADEPT Airmotive V-6, AC-Aero Centurion, Verner Scarlet 9S, Barrett Performance Engines IO-540 and PBS TJ100 turbojet. Table of contents Find the Perfect Powerplant! There are plenty of choices in our annual directory. Flat four-stroke gasoline Inline and V four-stroke Radial […]

January 2022

On the cover: Since its first flight in 1986, Paul Cox has logged more than 3300 hours in N80PC, his second plans-built Mustang II. Photographed by Richard VanderMeulen. Table of contents A Tale of Two Mustangs: Paul Cox has 47 years and 4300 hours in the Mustang II. Prop Job: Building a one-of-a-kind four-blade propeller […]

December 2021

On the cover: Paul Dye flies Mike Lemons’ American Legend MOAC—the “Mother of All Cubs.” Photographed near Wautoma, Wisconsin, by Richard VanderMeulen. Table od contents Homebuilt Aircraft Directory: If it’s out there, it’s in here! MOAC: American Legend builds the “Mother of All Cubs.” Avionics Boot Camp—Garmin Smart Glide: New software that’s an extra layer […]

November 2021

On the cover: Mark Easton, Greg Hughes and Alex Easton explore the beautiful Oregon coast in Mark’s extremely well-equipped RV-10. Photographed by Jon Bliss. Table of contents The Modern RV-10: A well-modded RV-10 points to the state of the art in homebuilt four-placers. Buying Used—Van’s RV-10: On a scale of 1–10, most owners rate it […]
Kitplanes October 2021 Cover

October 2021

Table of contents Star Bird! Luxury and efficiency join elegantly in this unique blend of twin engines and canard airframe. Mike and Laura Starkey’s RANS S-21: Part 11—The last 90%. The Tale of the Tundra: The difficult truth of being an early adopter. Easy Slider: Building a one-piece fiberglass canopy skirt and windshield fairing isn’t […]

September 2021

Table of contents Ryan ST Reimagined: Timber Tiger Aircraft’s ST-L brings modern technology to a classic design. Buying Used—Zenith STOL CH 701: For 35 years, the “Sky Jeep” has soldiered on. Shining a Light on DarkAero: Ryley, Keegan and River Karl provide a behind-the-scenes view of the DarkAero 1. Avionics Boot Camp: Troubleshooting 102—EFIS calibration […]

August 2021

On the cover: Bob Mackey flies Gabriel DeVault’s electric Xenos, which is powered by a Zero motorcycle drivetrain. Photographed near Hollister, California, by Marc Cook. Table of contents Electrified: The electric Xenos—two seats, long wings, inexpensive fun! Batteries Included: Before the eXenos, Gabriel DeVault’s first electric aircraft was the eGull. A Verna-What? Understanding your engine’s […]

The Valkyrie’s Song

Two thousand hours is just a round number really—it has no intrinsic mechanical meaning. But it's a milestone.

Avionics Troubleshooting 101

Common diagnostic tasks to consider when things stop working.

In Case You Missed it

Building the Bearhawk LSA

Fleshing out the forward fuselage.

Down to Earth

Amy Laboda finds a way to keep her RV-10s engine cool-until she runs into hot, South Florida summer weather, that is.

The Solar HOG

So, we’ve got this huge furnace about 94 million miles away from us, and...

2021 Engine Buyer’s Guide

Power up with our yearly powerplant directory.