The Skybolt Site Steen Aero Labs
The guys you can buy the plans and components from.
Goggles, helmets and scarves... Gibson and Barnes
You want a good looking leather helmet ? Good looking goggles ? A scarf ? This is the place to get it. I got my "set up" from these guys and it looks marvolous.
Other Skybolt Sites Beej's 65degree's Site
Great site! John Nunn has been building his Skybolt for a little over a year. John does a good job of explaining what he is doing
and why he is doing it. Many pictures.
Fidot's Skybolt Blog
Fi has just started building his Skybolt (June 2014). It looks like he has quite a bit of experience with 3D CAD's; making each piece in IronWorks to see if things fit or don't fit first. It'll be interesting watching him make his journey through the build. Good Luck with it, Fi !
Al Rice's Skybolt Page (dead link right now 11/7/14?) Another nice Skybolt site. Al does a great job of explaining the process with pictures and words.
Vance's site has a little of everything on it.
A few modifications that he has done to his Skybolt
are explained in detail. Nice article on how to
make a beer keg into a gas refuler. Brad's Skybolt Page (dead link right now 2/5/14?)
Brad has been building his Skybolt for a few years. Has details on building the ribs, wings, and fuselage. Many photos.
Other Biplane Builder/Owner Sites Heinkel HE 51
Peter Garner and his team have been doing beautiful work on this HE 51 project. Museum quality work.
An S-1SS Blog
Stuart Mackereth's, aka MacWolf on the biplane forum, S-1SS Builder's log. Nice site... nice work. (sold to Richard Hood, who is now building it)
Nice Blog by one of the biplane forum members... John Smutny
Great Airports Lee Bottom Flying Field
As they say... "Where Old Planes Go To Fly" Rich and Ginger, the owners, are my kind of people. I plan on flying my Skybolt there when I get it finished.
Homebuilt Aircraft Homebuilt Airplanes Forum
Great site for those just getting into building your own plane. Great site for those that have more
experience too. Homebuilts of every type, not just biplanes. Highly recommended.
A Few Of My Favorite... The Chilton DW-1
This little beauty caught my eye when I was still knee-high to a grasshopper. A beautiful single-place, open-cockpit british aeroplane
Bower's Fly Baby
Looking to fly low and slow. This open-cockpit fun flyer is the one for you. It's been around for years.
Bull Dog Autogyro
Beautiful, nostaglic-looking autogyro. I gotta have one !
A sleek two-place Italian beauty.
The Flitzer Aeroplane
A cute, nostalgic WWI era group of biplanes. I gotta build me one of these. : )
Beautiful, all wood, fast, low-wing speedster. I like the looks of this one. Maybe...
This has got to be the oldest homebuilt out there. Vernon Payne designed this beauty back in 1928. His biplane has gone through at least a dozen iterations. Another one I'm seriously thinking about building. Steen Aero sells the plans. The link above is to a Knight Twister forum. Micro Mong
Two wings and wind in the hair on a budget. Pretty niffty looking midget biplane. Built to meet FAR Part 103. Midget Mustang
A HOT ROD with 100 ponies. Another must have airplane.
Futuristic plane from the 70's. Designed by the one and only, Molt Taylor; the designer of the Aerocar and Coot Amphibian. A beautiful, sleek
airplane. On my short list too !
Myers Little Toot
George Myer's beautiful little single place biplane. It's such nice looking and flying biplane, there should be more of these flying. I hear that there is a 2-place "Big Toot" in the works. I'm sure that a lot more
plans will be sold now that you can bring along someone else for the fun ! Tommy, Geroge's son, is keeping the legend alive. Maybe I'll add a Toot to my stable.
Pitts Model 12
If you're looking for a more modern looking biplane with loads of performance, the Model 12 is for you. And if you go with the Model 12, you'll have all the support you can
handle and that's saying a lot for, not only the Model 12, but for Kimball Enterprises as well. In addition to selling plans and fabricated parts for the Model 12, the Kimballs are into restoring and building from scratch many classic aircraft. Check them out !
It's a Light Sport Amphibian. Richard Bach introduced me to the SeaRey with recent posts about his journey from Florida to Washington state (May 2012). He has such a high regard for the aircraft he purchased and the people of SeaRey (aka Progressive Aerodyne) that I had to post it here on my link's page.
One of the first biplanes I remember seeing in Sport Aircraft magazine; a sharp looking yellow and white one.
Don Stewart has designed some of the most fun
flying airplanes.... the Headwind, the Foo Fighter
and now the Model 265. The Model 265.. a beautiful
aeroplane that reminds me of one of my favorite
aircraft, the Kinner Sportster. I hope he puts it down on
paper and sells it in plans form.
Fighter pilot wannabe ? Build one of these fighters and you'll be in heaven. Half-scale fighters from the BIG War. Wittman Tailwind
Maxamizing performance is what an airplane is all about to Steve Wittman. Steve Wittman eeked out the most from airframe and engine.
Big Ol' Radial Engines Air Repair
Parts and overhauls on Jacobs and Continental radial engines. Radial
Information and overhauls on BIG ol' radial engines... all kinds. Gesoco Industries Inc
Information on BIG ol' Russian M14 radial engines. R
and R Engines - Yahoo Group
Any builders of radial and/or rotary engines are
welcome. And if you have an interest in full sized
"round" engines, we would welcome you
Aviation Organizations Experimental Aircraft Association
Experimental Aircraft Association. THE Association to join if you have any interest in building a plane. International Biplane Association (IBA)
Jed Keck is spear heading the drive to maintain the history of biplanes and to promote the biplanes which are being built, flown and preserved today. He's doing one heck of a job. If you like biplanes... go on over and sign up to be a member.
Owners and Pilots Association
AOPA backs it's memebers 100%. Great GA (General Aviation) organization. Covers everyone from Cub flyers to
Gulfstream drivers. EAA Chapter 216
My local chapter. A lot of knowledge in
them thar boys.
Parts and Pieces for Your Homebuilt Baxter Throttle Quadrants
I saw a few posts on the Biplane Forum by Rock over the years. Was unhappy with the feel of my quadrants, the ones I made, so I gave Rock a call. Talk about custome service !!! He is the man to go to for your quadrants. Can make anything you want, or take one of his existing styles and custom make it to your liking. Give him a try ! Iron Design Tailwheel
If a tailwheel could look beautiful... this is one of them, the Bob Tailwheel. Nice handcrafted tailwheels. A replacement for the Scott 3200 but
a lot less expensive and a lot less weight. One of these, with an 8" tire, will be going on my 'bolt. If you have any questions, just send Scott an email. He
answers them quickly. Wings and Wheels Soaring Supplies (instruments)
I've been keeping my eyes open, looking for some "old" looking instrument faces. Found this site. Looks like they cater mainly to the soaring crowd but their ivory colored instrments just
scream old Winter Bordgerate instruments. Kool Knobs (11/2014 wholesale now)
I was looking for some custom knobs for my throttle quadrant. Found Bruce's website. He has been making knobs, for cars, for 15 years for fun. Just retired (6/08) from teaching and will be doing it pretty much
full time now. One of the nicest guys you'd ever know. Goes above and beyond on customer service.
Great Aviation Sites Back issues of FLYING magazine
You could spend hours looking at these back issues. Brings back a lot of memories. Airbum
Budd is an aviation writer that captures what
all pilots think and feel. He has been writing
for years. On his site you can find an archive of all his
stories. 5 stars Be A Pilot
Not a pilot yet, or maybe thinking about becoming
one. Check this site out. Landings
A vast amount of information on this site. Millions of take offs and landings.
Builder's Supplies Aircraft Spruce
Good prices. Has everything in stock. Fast shipping. Three locations. Airparts Inc.
Great source for aircraft metals and hardware. Cyber Weld
Best prices around for Smith Ailrine welding tips, torch handles, etc. Taig Tools
Got my micro-lathe from these guys. Beautiful tools. WagAero
Good source for building supplies.
Some other favorites SolarImpulse
The first round the world solar flight... Go ahead, adopt a photo cell.?
Wittman Tailwind Yahoo Tailwind Group
Got a question... wanna know all about Tailwinds. Join the Group! LuceAir
Great site. Earl knows all about Steve's (Wittman) airplanes.
Tips and Tricks Squeezing Rivets
When I started working on some sheet metal parts I looked for information on rivet squeezing. Couldn't find much. I gleened some information from asking a few of the right questions and through making a few mistakes. It's a start for someone knowing nothing about squeezing rivets.
In surfing the net I found a nice Pietenpol site. The fella had a &page showing how you made an inexpensive block/jig for drilling straight holes for all his fittings.
Thought that it may help someone out, including me.
Beer and Stogies Temporarily off line...Whitey's Pub
Whitey has put a lot of time and effort in to keeping this site up and running. Whitey is a talking head
for a national horse racing show. A lot of information on sports, beeer and cigars. Worth checking out.