Kit Plane Books and Videos
I've collected a great little handful of kit plane
books and videos that have really proved beneficial throughout my
build. I'm constantly using a couple of these books for
specific technical reference, while others helped me get my head around
the big picture. The videos helped me prepare as I began a
new section or task. You will really find these useful as
Get These Books
There are two kit plane
are a must
if you are going to
build an airplane, plus four books by Tony Bingelis that really round
out the whole picture.
Inspection, Repair and Alterations [AC43.13-1B2B]
This is the
“Bible” for accepted
practices. It has
all the rules to live by. You
probably won’t need the parts for
aluminum aircraft because the kits are so good.
But when you get to the finishing details, you
it. It contains
info you will need for electrical
systems, hydraulic tubing, safety wiring, etc.
Aircraft Handbook for Mechanics and Technicians
little gem has a lot of technical info from drill sizes, to nut and
identification, to torque specifications.
Mine no longer lays flat.
It is dog-eared
and dirty from constant use.
notes on things I look up a lot on the inside of the front cover,
saving me time.
Anything by Tony Bingelis
is a definite must have. His kit plane books cover everything.
thoroughly enjoyed these four, and found they really helped me out in
Builder Aircraft Construction
Sportplane Builder is
Tony's first book on airframe construction topics. It contains many
helpful, although more generalized hints and tips for the builder
including the setting up of a workshop, basic construction practices
and standards, and is then followed up by a few more specific topics
such as routing control systems, working with composites, electrical
basics, etc. Like Firewall Forward, this book is also most relevant for
self designers and first time builders of plan-built and simpler
This book includes reprints of articles formerly appearing in EAA's
Sport Aviation magazine covering topics such as engine selection,
installation, design of the exhaust systems and fuel systems, fitting
cowls, making hoses, instruments and sensor set-up and much more. This
first edition is mostly relevant to self designers and builders of
plans built aircraft using smaller non-certified engines.
Bingelis on Engines
Tony Bingelis' second book on the installation of engines and
powerplant systems in experimental and light aircraft focusing on the
installation of certified Lycoming and Continental engines in today's
more advanced experimental and certificated aircraft.
An excellent update to Firewall Forward focusing mainly on issues
encountered when installing Lycoming and other traditional engines in
today's established kit built craft such as RVs, Lancairs and Glasair
class projects. On-Engines details such concerns as oil cooler
placement, control linkage, wiring decisions, baffling, magnetos,
exhaust systems, electrical power systems, fuel and vent systems,
etc... Written and illustrated mostly using Tony's RV-6 as an example.
On-Engines is also completely relevant and highly useful for
A&P technicians complete understanding on the firewall forward
systems and components of certified light piston aircraft.
Tony Bingelis' Construction Techniques book includes a continuation of
articles appearing in later issues of Sport Aviation. The topics
covered are more specific and more applicable to the more advanced kit
planes such as RVs, Lancairs, etc. Some topics covered include; making
fittings, molding fuel tanks and wheel pants, hinge installation, a few
nice cockpit refinements, etc. Like his other books, each article is an
actual detailed and illustrated set of instructions on how to complete
that specific project.
“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
I bought the videos for my RV-8.
These really came in handy.
There were times when I just didn’t get it,
even after reading the directions and studying the plans. Then I would watch the
video, and what the
plans were telling me became clear.
They were also fun to watch with a cup of
coffee on Saturday morning. I
would watch the section
covering what I was
going to do next, then go to the airport and do it. Get the
videos for your kit. Definitely worth it.
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