Buying Your First Homebuilt Aircraft

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

2015 Engine Buyer’s Guide: Traditional and Conversion Engines

Choices have never been better or more plentiful. By Tom Wilson and Patrick Panzera.

2015 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory

A brief overview of kit and plansbuilt fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft. Compiled by Richard VanderMeulen and Omar Filipovic.

Finding the Perfect Project

The information in our Buyer's Guide is just the start. Here are some additional insights to help you make the right decision.

2014 Alternative Engine Buyer’s Guide

Converted for flight. By Patrick Panzera.

2014 Engine Buyer’s Guide

Conventional engines—purpose-built for flight.

2014 Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide

Essential knowledge for choosing and flying Experimental rotors. By Roy Beisswenger.

Homebuilt O2

Do-it-yourself oxygen systems for when the air gets thin.

2014 Plans-Built Buyer’s Guide

Not everyone starts with a kit. By Paul Dye and Mark Schrimmer.

2014 Kit Aircraft Buyer’s Guide

The state of the kit world is sound. By Paul Dye and Mark Schrimmer

In Case You Missed it

Wind Tunnel

When the airflow separates from a surface, the result can be unsteady forces or turbulent wake shedding, neither of which is desirable.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir gives step-by-step instructions for building an outdoor scanner antenna.

Floating The Dream

Rick Lindstrom revisits Canadas Dream Tundra, this time when its on floats. Dream Aircraft Founder Yvan Desmarais spent 10 years developing the prototype for this design, with the intention of building and kitting a better bushplane. Lindstrom says hes achieved that goal and then some.

Ask the DAR

What builders need to know about Light Sport Aircraft Repairman Certificates.