Kit Built LSA

The world of homebuilt aircraft — officially known in the United States as Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft — has existed as long as powered flight. One could say, in fact, that the Wright brothers were the first homebuilders, since they never relied on a factory to construct their airplanes. They, like the homebuilders of today, used their own abilities and craftsmanship to construct a safe and efficient flying machine.

Today, tens of thousands of homebuilt aircraft fly throughout the world. A significant number of homebuilt aircraft have flown around the globe and one, the Voyager in 1986, was the first airplane ever to fly around the world non-stop on a single tank of fuel.

Homebuilt aircraft provide a path where nearly anyone can pursue their personal dream of flight.

There are many things to consider when deciding whether to build or buy.

  • How many dollars will I save?
  • Will building my own get me the plane I want?
  • Do I enjoy large projects?
  • Would this be a good parent son or daughter project?
  • Where will I build the plane?
  • Should I consider a build assist program?
  • Do I know any experts when for when things get tough?
  • Will my spouse be comfortable having this project at the home? Noise, dust, clutter..
  • Do I want to be able to perform my own inspections and repairs?
  • Will my relationships permit me time away?
  • Am I willing to wait for a plane or do I want to fly now?
  • If I buy am I loosing out on the building experience I would have enjoyed?
  • Should I join a club so I can find other builders.
  • What tools will I need?
  • If I go for composite will temperature and humidity be a problem?
  • What is the cost of insurance for a homebuilt vs a factory built?
  • Will having the large lettering "Experimental" in the cockpit be a problem?
  • What if I get half way done and loose interest?