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

2013 Engine Buyer’s Guide

The outlook for the alternative engine market for Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft is positive, and there are new additions since last year—even more reason to join the auto-conversion club. By Patrick Panzera.

2013 Engine Buyer’s Guide

For homebuilders, power is a top-of-mind issue, and engines are among their most important decisions. From the familiar Lycomings and Continentals to the options in radials, here’s what the traditional aircraft-engine market offers.

In Case You Missed it

Checkpoints

Making a list and checking it twice.

Found From Space

A technology developed by ham radio operators, called automatic position reporting system (APRS), coupled with low-cost GPS receivers, a decent antenna and the World Wide Web, have made it possible to track light-aircraft flights without incurring access or subscription fees. Yes, you'll need to get a Technician license for radio operators, but thats a minor obstacle if this system is something you want or need to use.

Light Stuff

The rules around Letters of Deviation Authority are labyrinthine, which helps explain why they are relatively rare. But the problems could be—and should be—corrected through a few regulatory changes. By Roy Beisswenger.

Light Stuff

Not all airports welcome “out of the ordinary” aircraft such as gyros, ultralights or powered parachutes. If you’ve been shut out, here are some tips to get you back in. By Roy Beisswenger.