Fact 1: Contrary to popular belief, not everyone in
aviation is rich.
Fact 2: Some builders want to say they did it
themselves, and mean all by themselves: no kit.
Fact 3: Just because the economy has everyone
hunkering down, it’s still possible to build an airplane.
. . . saves money,
but isn’t for everyone
Enter the plans-built airplane, in which a roll of paper shows up in your mailbox and your energy and imagination magically transform
that paper into a flying machine. The homebuilt side
of sport aviation has its roots in building from plans,
and that concept is still alive and well and living in
garages, barns, and workshops across the world. Better
yet, the plans-built concept is now, more than ever,
a viable way into homebuilding. And there are still
many designs that can be built strictly from plans.