Homebuilt Aircraft Directory 2016

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Over 1000 kits and plans listed. Introduction by Paul Dye, compiled by Omar Filipovic

Buying Your First Homebuilt Aircraft

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

Shopping for a Second-Hand Project

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Bargains are out there, but do your homework before writing a big check.

How Complete?

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Different manufacturers have different ideas about what makes a kit complete.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

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From simple to complex, there's an Experimental aircraft for almost everyone.

2015 Engine Buyer’s Guide: Traditional and Conversion Engines

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

2015 Homebuilt Aircraft Directory

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

Finding the Perfect Project

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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

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Converted for flight. By Patrick Panzera.

2014 Engine Buyer’s Guide

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Conventional engines—purpose-built for flight.

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

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DAR Mel Asberry continues his discussion of aircraft operating limitations by looking at why we do what we do during those important Phase I tests.

Replacing Baffle Seals

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They wont last forever, but are critical for proper engine cooling.

Revised Raven

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RANS adds metal wings and a big engine to their popular side-by-side.

Ask the DAR

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Are computer software programs sufficient documentation of a build, and what do you do when a DARs request seems unreasonable?