Choosing Your Homebuilt - the one you will finish and fly! Both events last a week. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The advantage of this type of construction is that it does not require complex tools and equipment, but commonplace items such as saw, planer, file, sandpaper, and clamps. The midget racer class spread nationally in the US and this led to calls for acceptable standards to allow recreational use of amateur-built aircraft. I would expect that toward the end of that period, there might be some design ventures into electric-powered aircraft, but only if battery technology improves significantly.
This page was last edited on 10 September , at In the post-war period, manufacturers needed to find new markets and introduced models designed for tourism. The term "homebuilding" became popular in the mids when EAA founder Paul Poberezny wrote a series of articles for the magazine Mechanix Illustrated where he explained how a person could buy a set of plans and build their own aircraft at home.
This allows the company which sells the kit to avoid the long and expensive process of certification, because they remain owner-built according to the regulations.
Several common construction methods are detailed below. A combination of cost and litigation , especially in the mids era, discouraged general aviation manufacturers from introducing new designs and led to homebuilts outselling factory built aircraft by five to one. Emerging markets such as China and India could also boost demand for our products, but entire infrastructures will need to be formed before small players like us could benefit. Archived from the original PDF on After the structure has been completed, the aircraft is covered in aircraft fabric usually aircraft-grade polyester.