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Engine Day!

SubSonex turbojet engineI know that "Kneeboard Notes" is supposed to be about flying as well as building--but winter weather seems to have settled into our little valley on the eastern side of the Sierra, and this week has presented low clouds, snow, freezing mist--all of those things that tell you not to open the hangar door. But …


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Flight Review: Practical Glass

Flight Review: Practical Glass

Marc Cook admires Dave Ammenti’s exceptional GlaStar and details why these designs have held their value in the used market over the years.

Sam LS

Sam LS

Retro look for fun flying. By Kevin Horton.

Ready to Build?

Ready to Build?

You can begin your aircraft project right now—before even deciding on a kit. Here are 10 ways to get ready to build. By Reiff Lorenz.

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One Week Wonder Coming to Sebring's Sport Aviation Expo

One Week Wonder 2018This January, EAA Chapter 1240 will be bringing the "One Week Wonder" aircraft, built at Air Venture 2018, to the Sebring's Sport Aviation Expo. Look for the "One Week Wonder" at the EAA tent located on the South side, adjacent to the Workshops tent. This is a wonderful example of the great possibilities that exist …

New Flight Test Manual From EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association has published a new Flight Test Manual which brings the processes and procedures of professional flight testing to the amateur-built aircraft community. The 47-page manual is a comprehensive program for amateur-built aircraft flight testing. It includes outlines for each essential test point, as well as a booklet of 19 test cards …

Hands-On Aircraft Building Workshop Comes to the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase

CH-750 CruzerFor the first time, Zenith Aircraft Company is bringing its popular hands-on workshops to the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase. At the workshop, which begins on Thursday, November 1 (and runs through Friday, November 2), participants actually build their own Zenith Aircraft rudder assembly from a standard Zenith kit. If you think you may enjoy building …

ADS-B Rebate Available Again

ADSB RebateStarting on October 12, 2018, the FAA will offer rebates of $500 to owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft based on their purchase of avionics that have received an ADS-B Technical Standard Order authorization and meet ADS-B Out rule requirements. The program will run for approximately one year or until the funds for all remaining …

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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.

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Garmin's 2019 Aviation Training Events

garmin-classroom-trainingGarmin released its expanded pilot training opportunities for 2019 to include additional classes throughout the United States and more instructor-led courses. These training classes are available for the G3X Touch, GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight display systems, Garmin Integrated Flight Decks, and the GWX aviation weather radar. These …

Electric Aircraft Design Competition

Electric Aircraft Design CompetitionThe International Light Aircraft Design competition for 2019 is now open for entry in association with Air Race E, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Light Aircraft Association. This year's competition is looking for entrants to design an electric-powered racer and is aimed at promoting major innovation in the aircraft design sector and to encourage the …

Garmin Aviation Webinars for Fall/Winter 2018

Garmin announced the addition of several aviation webinars through the end of the year. 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 …


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Tuskeegee Airman Takes Birthday Flight
Old habits die hard and when retired Air Force Col. Charles McGee took the controls of a HondaJet last week, he banked gently left and right,...

Distracted Flying Cited In Landing Accident
Distracted flying has been cited in the dynamic rollover of a light helicopter in Ireland in July. The country’s Air Accidents Investigations...

FAA Cracks Down On Illegal Charters
An Oklahoma helicopter company has been fined more than $50,000 for dodging FAA regulations and illegally chartering fixed-wing aircraft....

Top Letters And Comments, December 7, 2018
This week's letters brought comments from readers about a runway overrun, sumping fuel tanks during preflight inspections, self-driving cars...

Short Final: Twilight Zone
My wife and I departed Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix in our Cessna 177RG. Before departing we received a complicated taxi clearance to what looked...

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marc-friesen-glasair-sportsman-c-fmhfFinally, after over 3 years Sportsman kit #7091 left the ground. It flew really well and only needed minor trim adjustment. The airplane is fitted with 31" Bushwheels on the Glasair Cub-style landing gear and a T3 tailwheel.  The big wheels make a great set up for my type of flying and it still manages 133mph …
Brammer-Zenith-CH-750I recently completed my Zenith CH 750 after the original was nearly destroyed due to engine failure and subsequent off airport landing. Performance is pretty good with the Lycoming O-320. Paint scheme is not paint but actually 3M-1080 vinyl wrap. --Chris Brammer
Santorelly-CubbyN724JV is a Wag-Aero Sport Trainer Acro version with a Continental C85-12F engine. It was a 16 year build and was completed in July, 2017. The color scheme was inspired by a Clip Wing Cub that was based at Warwick Airport in Upstate New York back in the '70s. The wings are all wood construction, …

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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