Kitplanes Magazine Archive

March 2021

On the cover: Randy Shannon enjoys a flight over the prairies of eastern Kansas. His plane is the first customer-built Zenith CH 750 SD...

February 2021

On the cover: RANS head honcho Randy Schlitter flies the factory S-7LS for Richard VanderMeulen’s camera way back in late 2011. The high-utility S-7,...

January 2021

On the cover: Paul Dye and Rollie VanDorn enjoy a flight in the 315-hp Bearhawk 5 prototype. Photographed near St. George, Utah, by Richard...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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Wind Tunnel

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When you land your airplane at a fly-in, you want it to look its best while staying safely and securely parked. Making your own coordinated tiedowns, chocks and more is one way to do that.

Risky Business

Unforeseeable risks in kit aircraft projects. By Sid Mayeux.

Ask the DAR

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