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How Many...How Much?

When you reach the end of a project (an airplane is never really finished, so we just say "the end of a project"), you begin to ask questions about how many "things" or how much time it took. At least, if you're an engineer you ask those questions - we love to measure things. Some …


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Waiex-B

Waiex-B

The B stands for bigger. By Paul Dye.

Aircraft Wiring

Aircraft Wiring

Electrical system overview. By Marc Ausman.

Bearhawk LSA

Bearhawk LSA

It’s the wing that gives Bob Barrow’s latest design a faster cruise and slower stall speed than similar LSAs. By Chuck Berthe.

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Van's Aircraft Rolls Out a New Website and Branding

VanVan's Aircraft rolled out its new website and branding last week.  "We're excited to release the new Van's Aircraft brand and website to the community," said Greg Hughes, media and community director at Van's Aircraft when reached for comment. "We've made some bold changes in order to better convey to folks what RV's are and …

Garmin's Aviation Webinars for Jan-Mar 2019

Garmin announced aviation webinars through the first-half of 2019. Ranging from Garmin Pilot tips and tricks, cost-effective autopilot upgrades to low-cost avionics solutions, these free webinars offer pilots and customers with a broad overview of the latest Garmin has to offer, while also providing a general operational overview of its vast product line. Autopilot Retrofits …

Lycoming's 2019 Engine School Dates

New Lycoming engines awaiting testingLycoming Engines announced a redesign of its Engine School and the 2019 training schedule. The training program is now a single class, 5-day course that blends content from both prior courses, which focused on engine theory and disassembly/reassembly. The intent of the redesign is to make it easier for individuals to attend the training in …

Experimental Category Aircraft Accident Totals Drop Again

Experimental-Accident-Dashboard-FY2018-thru-September-18-1000Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft, including amateur-built aircraft, continued their decline during the Federal Aviation Administration's 2018 fiscal year that ended September 30, falling to historic lows. For the 12-month period from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018, fatal accident totals for the experimental category overall, including amateur-built aircraft, racing aircraft, those used …

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Understanding Lithium Batteries

Kathy and Reg Nicoson of EarthX, Inc. explain what you need to know. By Jared Yates.

Sling Goes Big

Four-seat homebuilt crosses the Atlantic to show its stuff. By Paul Dye.

It’s a Cub Thing

With a bigger engine and lighter airframe, CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX kit aircraft takes the Cub experience to a higher plane. By Marc Cook.

A Witch’s Brew

Liquid consumables for the shop. By Eric Stewart.

Aero 'lectrics

Repairing a malfunctioning headset may be not only inexpensive, but completely doable. By Jim Weir.

Plane and Simple

Filling without spilling. By Jon Croke.

Calculating Weight and Balance

This lazy man's guide removes some of the headaches. Sample weight & balance spreadsheets included.

Shopping for a Second-Hand Project

Bargains are out there, but do your homework before writing a big check. By Omar Filipovic.

Getting Started on the GlaStar Project

Starting on the wings and ordering more parts. By Dave Prizio.

Homebuilt or Store-Bought?

Raising the bar for RV-10 interiors to an entirely different level. By Bruce Eicher.

Industry news

Red Bull Air Race Championship Selects Hartzell Propeller Again

Hartzell Propeller will be the 2019 propeller technical partner of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship for yet another year. It is the sixth year in a row that Hartzell Propeller will be supporting the world famous air race. Hartzell will supply its three-blade structural composite propeller known as "The Claw," carbon fiber composite …

Belite's New Universal Airspeed Indicator

Radiant Technology is now shipping its new Universal Airspeed Indicator. Over the years Radiant Technology (a Belite Enterprises Company) has developed and improved technology for this instrument which is suited for experimental, light sport and ultralight aircraft. The new instrument works across 3 different speed ranges and knots / MPH. It has a number of …

Whelen Engineering to Acquire LoPresti Aviation

Whelen Engineering Company announced today that it completed an acquisition and spin-off of its Aviation Division with LoPresti Aviation. Whelen's Aviation Division and LoPresti are both global leaders in the aviation lighting market and will be combined into a single organization named Whelen Aerospace Technologies, or WAT. LoPresti Aviation is an aviation performance solutions company, …


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Registration Trusts Make The News
A Dallas television station is the latest mainstream media outlet raising the alarm about a common, some say necessary, tool used to register...

Icon Demo Prompts Emergency Response
In most circumstances, an aircraft sales rep wants as much attention as possible for his product but Rick Rief had people calling 911 every time he...

Trump TFR Airports Reimbursed
Financial relief is on the way for airport businesses affected by presidential TFRs near President Donald Trump’s two favorite vacation getaways.

Candidate Proposes Meigs Revival
A long-shot candidate for the Chicago mayoralty is proposing reopening Meigs Field, in part to accommodate eVTOL point-to-point transportation.

FAA Requiring Visible Drone ID Numbers
The FAA has posted a new rule requiring owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drones) to display an FAA-issued registration number on an...

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Phillabaum-HelicycleFirst flight of my Helicycle helicopter was on January 31, 2019 after two years of part-time building. Previously, before I retired, I built an RV-8 and a Zenith 750. The Helicycle was my first post- retirement project. I discovered I had more building time when I was working. Now trips, lake time, skiing, etc. interfere …
I always wanted something to do in retirement that that would be both challenging and fun. I couldn't envision myself playing golf only during the summer months so I decided to build and fly my own airplane. Looked around at all of the offerings from the kit manufacturers and finally decided on a Zenith CH …
Pappas Waiex B TurboThis is my second Waiex build. My first appeared in a Kitplanes article in 2007. This one took 24 months of part time work and uses the Aerovee Turbo and an all-Dynon avionics HDX panel. Thanks to my friends Randy Krueger for the Corvette Torch Red paint and James Butler, pilot and A&P mechanic extraordinaire …

lycoming-thunderbolt-o-360-redAt Sun 'n Fun 2018 we interviewed Jeff Schans, Lycoming's Sales manager and we asked about the popular Thunderbolt Engines. Watch the short Product Minute video as Jeff describes the benefits of the Thunderbolt product line and what it means for the aircraft homebuilder.
Dynon Avionics' latest-generation SkyView integrated avionics called the SkyView HDX has a newly designed bezel and user controls for easier use while flying in turbulence, plus brighter displays and a reworked touch interface. Larry Anglisano takes a product tour of the HDX with Dynon's Michael Schoefield in this video.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Dynon continued to push into the world of non-certified avionics with its SkyView SE, a less expensive version of its popular SkyView EFIS system. Paul Bertorelli prepared this video report.
The G5 is a self-contained electronic flight instrument, which can be interfaced with Garmin's G3X/Touch avionics and autopilot for backup and flight instrument redundancy. The GMA245 and remote GMA245R Bluetooth audio panels have advanced entertainment input functions and onscreen programming.
At Sun 'n Fun 2016, Just Aircraft is showing off its new Titan-powered SuperSTOL XL. Harrison Smith took Paul Bertorelli for a half-day demo flight in the new airplane, and here's his video report.
Kit manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company has released a new 360-degree VR short video to showcase its kit aircraft and to promote the rewarding hobby of kit aircraft building and flying light-sport aircraft.
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