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 armature built and not to a certification standard so they must fall within some simple parameters: they cannot be used for compensation and only for personal use and built for personal education. Beyond that the experimental category has no restrictions on size, speeds, or configuration. You have the freedom to succeed or fail based on your design, judgement, skill, and capabilities. 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 being the “ultralight” that is less than 254 lb. in weight and flies at less than 64 mph. Not considered an aircraft, it instead is considered a "vehicle" for a single pilot needing no license or pilot qualification that is 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? 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!
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OUR NEXT MEETING IS ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28th. THIS WILL BE A TRAVELING MEETING OUT TO A MEMBERS HANGAR TO LOOK AT A RARE BEECH STAGGERWING AT A NEARBY HANGAR. BOTH ARE WILL BE WITH OPEN DOORS TO MAXIMIZE AIRFLOW. A 6:00 POTLUCK DINNER WILL BE HELD DUE TO ANTICIPATED DARKNESS AROUND 7:45 SO THE MEETING ITSELF WILL START AT 6:30 PM AND WE WALK OVER SHORTLY AFTER THAT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIT IN ON THE MEETING PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org OR CALL BOB AT 360-601-9317 FOR DIRECTIONS.
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.
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