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A Rutan Long-EZ homebuilt in 1984 in England
A homebuilt aircraft is an amateur build plane. These aircraft are built from scratch or from a kit. The finished aircraft is usually well built and the safety record is equivalent to certified aircraft. In the United States the homebuilt aircraft can be licensed under FAA as experimental if the owner has done at least 51% of the work building it.
Homebuilt aircraft usually seats one to four persons and is constructed from simple materials. Metal frames or wood/fabric or even fiberglass is used. The materials most commonly used are wood, Sitka and Douglas fir are considered best. Metal, Composite made of cloth and strength materials like fiberglass and wood/composite mixed.
Vans aircraft RV-4 are the most common metal homebuilt type.
The engines used in the Homebuilt aircraft can be a certified aircraft engine or to keep the cost down, a car engine. The favorite automobile engines used are the Volkswagen cooled or the Subaru liquid cooled and the Mazda RX7.
Homebuilt aircraft typically out sell factory aircraft because of litigation, which discourages aviation manufactures from making new models.
Homebuilt aircraft became really popular after National Air Races were held in Dayton Ohio in 1924 for the amateur built aircraft. Because of many accidents Federal standards were put on design, engineering, stress analysis, use of aircraft quality hardware to prevent death in the races and for general use.
Below you will kind Homebuilt aircraft, Kits and parts to get your flying off to a good start.
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Homebuilt Aircraft and Ultralights for Sale. You can build and fly your own airplane from scratch, plans or buy a kit. And there are Homebuilt airplanes all ready to go that someone else built. A homebuilt means that the owner has done at least 51% of the work in building it.
The Homebuilt Airplanes are usually small and made out of different materials like fabric covered wood or lightweight metal over a frame, fiberglass and aluminum. You want it to be lightweight and sturdy as possible.
Homebuilt Aircraft outsell the factory aircraft by five to one because of the restrictive rules, which inhibit aviation builders from introducing new designs. This helps the Homebuilt Aircraft business to boom but the safety record of the Homebuilt isn't as good as the general aircraft, which is a concern to the FAA. Better training and loosening up the rules for general aircraft would greatly improve the accident rate. Of course the builder of the Homebuilt Aircraft aren't the biggest concern but those who buy these aircraft are the ones not getting enough training to fly them safely.
The first Homebuilt Aircraft was build by those whose only goal was to fly. And today those who are enthused to get into the air and experience the freedom of flying seek the same objective. On this page you will find Homebuilt Aircraft for Sale plus materials and kits.
Sasquatch and a Homebuilt RV6A
A Tall Tale
Out in a remote place in Idaho my husband and I have a little cabin. Our income comes from doing Squidoo and other Internet stuff. We have about 20 acres and have 5 campers set up for others to live in who want to join us. Two are already filled with my mother-in-law and my sister who decided to leave the rat race and live an independent life with us. Each person that joins us needs to have an independence income. Either something they already have or we will teach them how to do it. Also each person needs to have some type of ministry that helps others. They can help us with our ministry or have something else.
Where we live is quite remote so we were pretty surprised when a small aircraft buzzed our compound. Being a pilot myself I knew that this aircraft wasn't the typical Cessna or tail dragger. The plane kept circling and finally moved its circles elsewhere but it seems to be hunting for something on the ground.
This happened several days in a row and being curious I pedaled my bike to the closest airstrip that was about 10 miles away. This airstrip was just a dirt runway where a few locals liked to take off from it and I had plans of getting back into flying myself and using it some day.
Coming to the airstrip I noticed a couple of vehicles parked there so waited to see who would land. I have left home in the late afternoon to better catch anyone that might be quitting for the day and be landing their plane. I waited for an about an hour before noticing a plane coming in. Sure enough it was the one that had been buzzing our place. When it landed two men got out and came toward me and I walked over and introduced myself. I admired their plane and found out that it was a Homebuilt RV6A, which was really cool. We talked aircraft for awhile before getting on the subject of what they were doing in the area.
Come to find out they were hunting for bigfoot for the History Channel. There were many reports of these big hairy elusive creatures in our area and they were using a special camera that would pick out heat from large creatures. They wanted to see if they could find any before sending out a filming crew. Our compound made the camera light up so they would circle until they realized that it was people below and not the creatures they were looking for.
I found all this quite interesting and we talked at length about the program. I had seen a few of their bigfoot videos and hoped they would find something in our area. They gave me their card and told me to let them know if I ever saw anything. So far they haven't had any luck. I thanked them for their time and headed back home. Now I would be on the look out and hoped I could have something to report and bring them back to our area again. It would be fun to have the History Channel crew doing a documentary in our back yard.
I am writing to you in behalf of your Heavenly Father. He is seeking you like a lost sheep. You remember the Bible story? It is about a shepherd who has 100 sheep. But when he brings the sheep home one night, one is missing. He then leaves the 99 sheep and goes out into the wilderness until he finds that lost sheep.
In this parable the shepherd goes out to search for the one lost sheep-the very least that can be numbered. So if there had been but one lost soul, Christ would have died for that one. To read more click Lost Sheep
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