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.
It was a close one, but "Gray beauty" edged out the RV-4 Stingray panel and "Black beauty" by a hair.
The winner is Hans Bissig from Switzerland with this photo of the panel from HB-YNJ, Lancair Legacy 2000 RG, and for sending in the winning photo, Hans will receive a $25 gift certificate from Aircraft Spruce. Congratulations, Hans!
Thanks for the many entries that were sent in for this month's photo contest! It's clear that lots of you are proud of your panels, and whittling them down to the traditional four was tough - but here they are! Sadly, no one sent in a truly traditional choice, like the Editor in Chief's favorite, the Pietenpol above (from a Kitplanes file photo). But, he's not eligible to nominate or vote - so take your pick of the four modern pictures below and vote here.
Winner of Best of... Workshops: Shawn Edwards of Atlanta, Georgia. This is Shawn's RV-14A vertical stabilizer in the shop. Apparently, Shawn has mastered a method for producing airplane parts without contaminating the workbench and floor with dust and aluminum shavings. Surely that's what's shown in this photo. 🙂
Next Best of... Experimental Panels Photo Contest
No matter what you built and fly, it probably has an instrument panel. Even the Wright Flyer had a few instruments - simple as they were - and while Experimental aircraft in the US are't really required to have anything, most builders lavish a great deal of time and attention on the part of their airplane they look at the most. We'd like to see your best panel pictures - and remember that best picture is not the same as best panel.Who can really say what the best panel is anyway? For some it is the one that cost the most money. For others, it is one that is laid out for the easiest operation. Many think that symmetry is essential in a panel - and others just love anything with a wood grain, a leather combing, and a little brass that is typical of an old-timey biplane reproduction. Be proud of your work, no matter if it is VFR or IFR - we hope to see as many Peitenpol and Baby Ace panels as we see those from Lancairs, Sportsmen and RVs.
So let's see those panel pictures! Submit your photo today - the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Aircraft Spruce.
As homebuilders, we're partial to well organized shops - they help us keep the project on track and it's no secret that many award winning airplanes came from shops that reflect the builder's desire to impress.
Nicholas Blanck from San Francisco, CA is the winner of the "Camping with your airplane" photo contest with his shot from Cavanaugh Bay, ID before heading to Oshkosh. As the prize, Nicholas will receive a $25 gift certificate from Aircraft Spruce.
Our next photo contest topic requires you to show off your workshop. As homebuilders, we're partial to well organized shops - they help us keep the project on track and it's no secret that many award winning airplanes came from shops that reflect the builder's desire to impress. Send us your photos of a workshop you're proud of!
In the meantime, check out Matt Johnson's article on his Garage Mahal in the June 2010 issue of Kitplanes.