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August 2019 Issue

Flight Reports

RANS S-21 Outbound

Great looks, easy to build, and a wide choice of engines. Is this the RANS you’ve been waiting for?

Builder Spotlight

Garmin’s New Budget Navigators

Just when we thought the stand-alone GPS navigator was dead, Garmin introduces two new ones aimed at lower budgets.

Sail By Wire

Paulo Iscold’s Nixus sailplane debuts a fly-by-wire control system.

Flying to All 50

With Hawaii and Alaska out of the way, I decided to visit the other 48 states.

Good Vibes...

Dynamic prop balancing demystified.

The Most Reliable Engine

What is the most common cause of engine failure? It could be you!

Let There Be Light

Build your own mobile shop light tower.

Shop Talk

Home Shop Machinist

The jack hack.

Aero ’lectrics

Franklin vs. Edison, Thomson, Millikan, et al.

Unairworthy

Missing labels.

Shop Tips

Shop Tip

Scrape Without Scratching

Designer's Notebook

Wind Tunnel

Design process—CG limits and tail size, part 2.

Exploring

Editor’s Log

There’s always a way.

Building Time

Weigh and balance each addition.

Checkpoints

Do’s and don’ts of aircraft building.

Rear Cockpit

Twice the angst and what a cost!

Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
Photo by Richard VanderMeulen
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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