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Buying a Used Homebuilt

You don’t necessarily have to build your own airplane to enjoy the benefits of an Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. A so-called “homebuilt” often has more performance than a similarly sized production-line aircraft and almost always has more modern equipment—all for less money, sometimes far less, than what you’d pay for a much older Cessna or Piper. Even better, as the owner you can make substantial additions and need only to have a licensed A&P mechanic perform the annual condition inspection. The flexibility doesn’t stop with the original builder.

Where do you start? Right here. We’ve assembled some of the most valuable features on buying a flying homebuilt from Dave Prizio, our resident maintenance guru, and other authors. Dave is a Designated Airworthiness Representative and recent winner of the Tony Bingelis Award for dedicated service to the homebuilt community, as well as a multi-time builder himself. Click on the features below to get your research started—and welcome to the family.

Buying Used: Kitfox

Always in high demand, be ready to act fast when you find one you like.

Buying Used: Van’s RV-6

What to look for when shopping for the world’s most popular Experimental.

Buying Used: GlaStar

This article begins a new series that takes off from our previous articles on buying a used Experimental/Amateur-Built airplane. Where the previous series took...

So, You Want to Buy a Used Experimental Airplane

Is this a good way to acquire a plane of your own?

Buying a Used Homebuilt: Budget, Mission, and Skill

Be sure to consider budget, mission, experience, insurance, and training.

Buying a Used Homebuilt: Different Types

Fly before you buy, factory support, engines, and Light Sport.

Buying a Used Homebuilt: Pre-Buy Inspection

The pre-buy inspection-what is it and why do you need one?

What’s a Nice Guy Like You Doing in a Plane Like This?

Making the transition from certified aircraft to Experimentals.

The Ins and Outs of Pre-buys

Dont buy a used Experimental aircraft without one (Part 2).

The Ins and Outs of Pre-buys

Dont buy a used Experimental aircraft without one (Part 1).

Searching for the Right RV-6

If at first you don't succeed, keep looking-sooner or later you'll find it!

Buying Your First Homebuilt Aircraft

Building isn't the only path to owning an Experimental aircraft.

Maintenance Matters

Deal makers and deal breakers when buying a used Experimental.

Buying a Used Homebuilt: A Serious Consideration

For someone considering aircraft ownership, used Experimentals deserve serious consideration.

Safety Is No Accident: Buying a Previously Owned, Flying Homebuilt

Ron Wanttaja looks at the accident data to determine whether its safer to buy than build an Experimental, and he identifies the key factors to ensuring a successful outcome.

In Case You Missed it

Engine Swap Time

Exploring the many different options.

Homebuilt or Store-Bought?

Raising the bar for RV-10 interiors to an entirely different level. By Bruce Eicher.

Split Decision

Building a vertical-split cowl for an RV-7A.

Home Shop Machinist

DROs and VFDs.