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Homebuilt vs. Certified

Seemingly two peas in a pod are the GlaStar and its factory-built derivative, the OMF Symphony. We flew both of these wonderful two-seat aircraft to get a handle on what either FAR Part 23 certification or the freedom of homebuilding means to those facing such a delectable decision. By Ed Wischmeyer

Ask the DAR

Mel Asberry clarifies the requirements for a builders log. The bottom line? The requirements are minimal: It should show that you actually built the aircraft, but its helpful to show as much detail as you can. And make sure you're in the photos, doing the work.

Custom Fluid Lines

Doing it yourself–with professional help.

Ask the DAR

SLSA max empty weight, sailplane condition inspections, licensing a RANS S-7LS as an ELSA.