The RV-6 Adventure

One man's tale.

Ten Years With A Time Machine

Life with a finished F1 Rocket.

2011 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

In this last aircraft buyers guide of the year, we present the basic specs you'll need to get started if you're considering a kit gyro or helicopter purchase. Compiled by Marcie Moody.

Alternative Engine Buyer’s Guide

Heres a look at the alternative powerplants that are available for homebuilts as well as the PSRUs you may need. Compiled by Cory Emberson. Text by Marc Cook.

2010 Engine Buyer’s Guide

The first of our two engine guides looks at the more traditional aircraft powerplants. Compiled by Cory Emberson. Text by Marc Cook.

2010 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

If your taste in aviation runs to the rotor, dig in to this years edition of the Rotorcraft Buyer's Guide which features a panoply of helicopter and gyrocopter models you can build from a kit or from scratch. Compiled by Cory Emberson.

2010 Plansbuilt Buyer’s Guide

If you've got the itch to build from scratch, this years edition of the Plansbuilt Buyer's Guide features a buffet of 142 kit aircraft models you can build and fly. Compiled by Cory Emberson.

2010 Kit Aircraft Buyer’s Guide

Looking for a new project? This years edition of the Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide features a feast of 313 kit aircraft models you can build and fly. Compiled by Cory Emberson.

2009 Engine Buyer’s Guide

In Part 4 of our Annual Buyer's Guides, we present a variety of aircraft engines, among which are alternative engines and engines in development. Compiled by Julia Downie.

2009 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

In Part 3 of our Annual Buyer's Guides, we present a variety of homebuilt rotorcraft, among which are some Light Sport gyroplanes; compiled by Julia Downie.

In Case You Missed it

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Alternative Engines and the Cult of Personality

Marc Cook digs into the challenging world of automotive conversions, reporting on the converts who learned how to build these engines at the West Coast Corvair College.

Designer Spotlight: John Thorp

John W. Thorp has had a profound influence on both homebuilding and on aviation in general. If you've flown Piper Cherokees or know of the all-flying tail, you're familiar with his design principles, and his T-18 is still a favorite worldwide.

Wind Tunnel

The author discusses the theory and effect of constant-speed propellers on piston-engine airplane performance, and compares fixed-pitch versus constant-speed props, effect on thrust HP and propulsion, the comprises involved in choosing a prop, how props perform in various conditions and phases of flight, how variable-pitch props work, and why a constant-speed prop is the best choice for high-performance aircraft.