Sling Prices to Go Up in March

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Citing changes in the currency exchange rate and other factors, the South-African company The Airplane Factory is saying it will increase its kit prices in the United States by approximately 10%. Continue reading "Sling Prices to Go Up in March"

What's in YOUR Cockpit?

Central Oregon

I spent most of my life living - and flying - in the middle of the country. It's hard to find places between the Rockies and the east coast where you can't find civilization in a reasonable number of miles. Heck, keep ten thousand feet of air between you and the earth, and you'll almost always be able to reach a runway! But the west is different. Continue reading "What's in YOUR Cockpit?"

Kitplanes Flies Cubcrafters EX-3

CubCrafters FX-3

Cubcrafters, the Yakima-based creator of the Carbon Cub and a variety of experimental Cub kits, has recently introduced their beefy -3 model--available as the FX-3 (factory assisted build) or the EX-3 (homebuilt kit).

Featuring an airframe several hundred pounds lighter than a traditional Super Cub, but with 180 or 186 HP and a constant speed prop, this is the high-performance airplane in their line-up, and its Experimental! The EX/FX-3 has an increased gross weight of 2000 lb, which coupled to the low empty weight makes for a tremendous useful load. Continue reading "Kitplanes Flies Cubcrafters EX-3"

HUD's Up!

GRT HUD

I spent some time this weekend testing a new Heads Up Display product from Grand Rapids Technologies, and I think that folks who have been lusting after a real, functional HUD are going to be wanting one! GRT has taken a very simple, commonly available product intended for automotive use (the Hudly, priced at about $300) and adapted it to the experimental market by providing an Android App that runs on a stick PC ($50) or an Android phone which talks to the GRT EFIS via Bluetooth.  Buy the Hudly, get a stick PC or your Android Phone, buy the App from GRT, and you're essentially there. I haven't talked total App price with  GRT, but this is a HUD capability for just a few hundred bucks. Continue reading "HUD's Up!"

Dave Armando's Kitfox Speedster Model V

Dave Armando Kitfox Speedster Model V

After 6 years of building my 2001 Kitfox Speedster Model V was flown. Equipped with a Jabiru 3300 120 hp 6 cylinder, swinging an IVO medium constant speed prop, my own designed smoke system, Grove gear, Maule tail wheel, removable wing tips with a fishing pole locker inside, Super Bee lithium battery for weight reduction, and Cherry wood Instrument panel with the typical gauges plus a G meter. Continue reading "Dave Armando's Kitfox Speedster Model V"

Dave Armando's Rotorway 162F

Dave Armando Rotorway-162F helicopter

After 600 hours of build time my 2008 Rotorway 162F helicopter departed the earth. First flight was from my driveway after pushing it out of the garage. I have great neighbors! Continue reading "Dave Armando's Rotorway 162F"