Kitplanes Editor in Chief and Former NASA Flight Director to Speak at EAA Museum

Paul Dye, NASA flight director

Before Paul Dye signed on as the Editor in Chief of Kitplanes Magazine, he was longest-tenured flight director in NASA history.

As part of the EAA Aviation Museum's Aviation Adventure Speaker Series, Paul will be presenting about his career and aviation experiences on Thursday, April 19. His entire life has revolved around flight - from building and flying models in grade school, rebuilding old Cubs and earning a pilot certificate at 17, to a degree in aeronautical engineering and a distinguished career at NASA. And if that was not enough, he flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder's Council. Continue reading "Kitplanes Editor in Chief and Former NASA Flight Director to Speak at EAA Museum"

Mojave Experiemental Fly-In 2018

The 6th Annual Mojave Experimental Fly-In (MEFI)--a two day event at the Mojave Air & Spaceport in Mojave, CA is this weekend, April 20-21, 2018. Fly-in or walk-in, all airplanes welcome. Bring the kids!

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New Integrated Flight Deck For Experimentals from BendixKing

BendixKing XVue Touch

With little fanfare, at Sun 'n Fun 2018 BendixKing was showing its new XVue Touch integrated flight deck for experimental aircraft. Priced at $5499, the XVue Touch system has a high-resolution (near 4K graphics) 10.1-inch WUXGA color display with split-screen capability. The coated glass used on the display is anti-scratch, anti-glare and anti-smudge. The tech trickles down, in part, from hardware used in the F-16 fighter aircraft's avionics, according to BendixKing. Continue reading "New Integrated Flight Deck For Experimentals from BendixKing"

Postcards from Sun 'n Fun

Lockwood Drifter
Lockwood Drifter

As the show draws to a close, we too are concluding our coverage of Sun 'n Fun 2018 with a set of snapshots photographer Mariano Rosales took while roaming the grounds.

In upcoming issues of Kitplanes Magazine we will have detailed articles about the planes we flew, products we tested, and the interesting people we met. Our intrepid reporters will ply the grounds of Oshkosh in July, so if there is something you'd like us to cover there, let us know in the comments below.

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Tiny Transponder from uAvionix

uAvionix Transponder

It may seem like everything but the kitchen sink is included in this new, tiny transponder from uAvionix. The echo ESX is a Mode S transponder with a 200 watt 1090ES ADS-B transmitter and dual-band ADS-B receiver. Compatible with many EFBs and EFIS, it is designed to interface with the likes of Dynon, Skyview, GRT and MGL Avionics. Continue reading "Tiny Transponder from uAvionix"

Anderson Van's RV-4

Darrell Anderson Van's RV-4

After on-and-off construction started in November, 1991, N144DV took to the air on July 4, 2016. (Yes, that's 25 years into a 3-year project!)

A little over a year later, with only 50 hours on the Hobbs, I flew it from Montana to Oshkosh AirVenture 2017. I was honored to be awarded a Bronze Lindy in the Kit-Built category. Continue reading "Anderson Van's RV-4"