Airfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1866 times:
There are many kits out there. From what I hear you just follow instructions and bolt piece a to piece b and repeat that about 10,000 times. Didn't John Denver build his own plane and then subsequently crash it?
SEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 6473 posts, RR: 41 Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1811 times:
Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 1): Didn't John Denver build his own plane and then subsequently crash it?
No, he bought the aircraft from the builder and then crashed it. There used to be a magazine "Kitplanes" that I subscribed to for a while; I did consider building my own plane (being an engineer & mechanic.) I read an article that said, in essence, that if you want to build a plane, then build a plane. If you want to fly, then buy a plane. I wanted to fly more that build, so I bought a plane (a Cessna 182). I did overhaul the engine myself and install a custom instrument panel, though. But if you want to build a plane you can build just about anything you want. Both the Lancair and Cirrus, which are now certified, started as kit planes, and I believe you can still buy kits for both of them.
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