Can you build your own airplane? You bet! There are laws allowing you to do so because they are experimental category aircraft and they are amature built and not to a certification standard like commercial aircraft are. So, there are rules and parameters to "home built" aircraft that they must fall within the most important being that they cannot be used for compensation and only for personal use and are built for personal education. Beyond that the experimental category has no restrictions on relative size, speeds, or configuration with the exception of being jet powered. You have the freedom to succeed or fail based on your design, judgement, skill, and capabilities. Can they be small? Yes, a further subset below the experimental category that is still part of the homebuilt movement is the simplest, smallest, cheapest, and most fun form of this is the “ultralight” that must weight less than 254 lb. in and can't fly at more than 64 mph. Not considered an aircraft, it instead is considered a "vehicle" for a single pilot needing no license or pilot qualification and is considered most like having a flying motorcycle.
Do you need to be an engineer or a Phd to do any of this? Absolutely not! Most builders buy pre-engineered kits with the really difficult parts pre-made and with really good assembly support. Do you need a lot of special training? No, the majority of builders have done nothing more complicated than changing the oil in their cars prior to beginning their projects and use normal power and hand tools found at your local home improvement store when they did it. Do you need a big fancy workshop? No, most people use a two-car garage at home thus the term “home-built”! Does this take a lot time and money? Yes it can, but so can a couple Starbuck’s coffees or packs of cigarettes every single day. But, your journey isn’t just about making an airplane, but about learning new real-world skills, ideas, and concepts and learning from others who become your friends that will push you to grow as an individual. And when you are all done you can fly your creation whenever and wherever simply because you want to and you can!
Looking Forward into May!
Chapter policy is towards safety and with the low hospitalization rates we are back at in-person meetings. Our NEXT MEETING IS ON TUESDAY MAY 24TH. This is at the Pearson Field Pilot's lounge on the airfield. We normally have a potluck dinner at 6:30 to help out the folks who work a bit late and the meeting itself will START AT 7:00 PM.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIT IN ON THE MEETING PLEASE EMAIL email@example.com OR CALL BOB AT 360-601-9317 and we will email you a link.
IN THE MEANTIME, MANY OF OUR MEMBERS WOULD BE PLEASED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT DESIGN OR CONSTRUCTION OF THE MORE POPULAR DESIGNS (ESPECIALLY THE RV SERIES) OR CLASSICS LIKE THE EARLY BONANZA'S OR FUNK'S THAT YOU MAY BE HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH.
FOR QUESTIONS OR OTHER INFO CONTACT:
BOB MARTILLA 360.601.9317