News and commentary about homebuilt/experimental aviation from the editors of Kitplanes Magazine.
Author: Marc Cook
KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for 30 years. He is a 4500-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glastar Sportsman 2+2.
Designed for primarily for VFR aircraft, the Aspen Evolution E5 Electronic Flight Instrument has received STC approval for installations without an onboard GPS. That is, it's meant to be installed with a conventional set of nav/comm radios. The E5 is approved for IFR flight when it's connected to a TSO'd GPS.
According to the company, the new configuration was based on market requests for a system in VFR aircraft with the intention of training students on the use of glass cockpits without incurring the expense of a full IFR-approved setup. The E5 sells for less than $5000 in this configuration. Continue reading "Aspen Announces VFR Version Of Evolution E5"
You can't leave all the unusual aircraft to Burt Rutan. So there's the Horten HX-2 flying wing, which is slated to make its US debut at Oshkosh this summer.
Powered by a Rotax 912 of 100 HP, the HX-2 is described as a "highly modern economical two-seat tailless light aircraft without a fuselage." Which is a bit of a stretch since there clearly is a place for two humans to reside in side-by-side seating. We can confirm it doesn't have a conventional tail. Continue reading "Horten HX-2 Flying Wing To Make U.S. Debut At Oshkosh"
CubCrafters is building out its house. Because a good portion of the 100 aircraft the Yakima, Washington-based manufacturer plans to build in 2019 are experimental versions as part of its Factory eXperimental builder-assistance program, it needed an extra 11,000 square feet of floor space, which it now has. Continue reading "CubCrafters Opens New Completion Center"
A devastating fire broke out at the manufacturing facility for Belite Aircraft late last week. The company produces the Chipper experimental and the UltraCub ultralight, as well as the Radiant instrument line. Continue reading "Fire Damages Belite Factory"
Burt Rutan will be celebrated and heard at Oshkosh this year. And if that sounds nothing like news, consider he hasn't been an active participant since 2015. This year, though, Burt will take part in a Theater in the Woods event on Thursday and have three daytime forums during the show week. Continue reading "EAA: Rutan To Be Celebrated At Oshkosh"