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Loki the SubSonex Jet is a Free Bird!

My ever-vigilant neighbor caught the official end to my Phase 1 test period on "Loki," the little jet, this morning as I made a pass to "check altimeter calibration" (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it...) and then pulled up for the landing pattern. With that pass, I finished the prescribed 40 hour test …


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SubSonex

SubSonex

The practical jet age arrives. By Paul Dye.

Kitfox Super Sport

Kitfox Super Sport

Marc Cook reports on the process of developing a new Lycoming O-233 engine package for the Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport and samples the result.

Higher, Faster, Stronger

Higher, Faster, Stronger

Glasair’s decision to turbocharge its Sportsman model opened up the door to additional design considerations and refinements. But getting to the desired performance has proved challenging. By Marc Cook.

Newsline

AirVenture 2019 NOTAM Includes Important Changes

Oshkosh air traffic procedures are required reading for all aviators flying to AirVenture There are several important Federal Aviation Administration-approved changes in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association's 67th annual fly-in convention July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. These changes …

Bearhawk Designer Bob Barrows Injured in Landing Crash

Bob Barrows, who designed the Bearhawk line of Experimental aircraft, suffered a landing accident on approach to Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport (N21) on Monday. According to reports, Barrows clipped power lines on approach and the Bearhawk LSA impacted the turf runway in a strongly nose-down attitude. Photos of the aftermath show the airplane crumbled right …

BIG: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2019

If the Mojave Experimental Fly-In had a theme in 2019 it turned out to be "big." The planned part of big was Mike Patey arriving in Draco, the over-the-top Wilga on Pratt & Whitney turbine steroids. Certainly the hero-class leader of back country STOL experimentals, "Draco" features PT-6 power and a showy, high-gloss and feature-packed …

Indoor Aviating at Mojave

It's taken seven years for us to attend the Friday night glider build and free-flight soaring competition at the Mojave Experimental Fly-In, but this was finally our year, and it was good, low key fun. We didn't build anything last Friday night, but enjoyed catching up with friends, ate a little pizza and watched the …

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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

Carbon Cub EX-3 NKET Approved

The Federal Aviation Administration's National Kit Evaluation Team has reviewed and approved the Carbon Cub EX-3 and that the aircraft has been added to the list of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits that satisfy the majority build requirement (commonly referred to as the 51% rule) on the FAA website. The EX-3 joins the original Carbon Cub EX …

Superior Engines Daily Forums at AirVenture 2019

Scott Hayes, vice president, sales and marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced that the company is again hosting its series of 45-minute educational forums during Oshkosh AirVenture 2019. "We are very proud of the outstanding support that our forum series has received over the years," Hayes said. "We see many of the same people …

Randy Lervold is Glasair Aviation's New President & CEO

Randy Lervold  Industry veteran Randy Lervold is joining Glasair Aviation as its new President & CEO effective today. An experienced pilot and homebuilder, Lervold will be responsible for spearheading "Glasair's refreshed presence in the market." "This is a great opportunity to build on Glasair Aviation's rich history and legacy," he says. "I think we can improve …


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AVweb.com

Apologies: AVweb Suffers Hack Attack
An apparent "denial of service" attack took AVweb down for several hours this afternoon. The system is back up and running, and new security...

Ethiopian MAX Crash: Trim Jackscrew Set Nose Down
Investigators probing the wreck of Ethiopian Airlines Fight 302 have reportedly recovered the airplaneā€™s trim jackscrew and found it set to a...

EASA Publishes Easy Access Rules For Flight Crew Licensing
With a 1735-page PDF document, EASA has published its complete set of "Easy Access Rules for Flight Crews" in accordance with regulation (EU) No...

Swiss Civil Aviation Authority Stops Commercial JU-52 Flights
The Swiss Civil Aviation Authority (BAZL) has revoked operator JU-Air's authorization to conduct commercial flights with its historic Junkers JU-52...

Short Final: Flight Following
I was flying with a student in SoCal. Before taxi, she got an appropriate VFR clearance as required per ATIS...

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N958PD first flightSubSonex Serial #21 (N958PD) made its first flight out of the Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada on the 24th of March, 2019. Winter kept trying to hang on in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but the weather smiled on us, I had a great crew that made themselves available on short notice, and we got "Loki" …
RANS S-6 N646GTN646GT started with six members in an LLC, and currently has four left, 10 years after we bought the kit. One of our team is Richard Hogan, the designer of the new Commutercraft. Our RANS S-6 started construction at a hangar at the now defunct Mathis Airport in Suwannee, Georgia, then moved to another hangar …
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 …

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.
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