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.

The Luxury Tool

Safe-T-Cable is an expensive alternative to safety wire, but worth it!

July 2021

On the cover: While testing two of the latest three-blade composite props, Paul Dye photographed his RV-8 with a Hartzell Explorer and Whirl Wind WW-300 on the nose. Table of contents Three Vs. Three: A rare chance to get solid numbers on two new-generation composite props. One Piece at a Time: Les Krumel invested 22 […]

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Aero ‘lectrics, Strobes – Part 3

In Part 3 of this series about building an aircraft strobe, the author beefs up the project using off-the-shelf parts to provide a brighter, more frequent flash without running down the planes electrical system.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

Free Flight

When testing a new avionics component in your homebuilt, you must be prepared to deal with any consequences that may develop.