What are some tips for building your own ultralight airplane?


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Experienced ultralight aircraft builders advise novice builders to purchase a kit from a reputable provider of aircraft parts and to read any instructions included thoroughly. You can elect to purchase a complete kit or purchase parts individually. Using a kit reduces the time taken to complete the project.

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Although people have successfully created original plans, experts suggest using a kit or existing plan that is already approved by the Federal Aviation Agency in order to pass inspection by an FFA Designated

Airworthiness Representative allowing the craft to be legally flown. If you do choose to create your own plan, a program such as X-Plane allows you to design a plane and fly it over virtual landscapes.

Some experts suggest building the frame or chassis first, followed by the engine, flight controls and other body parts. Although construction can begin in a garage, the craft requires a hangar as it gets bigger. Wear a dust mask for protection from chemicals used in construction.

Experts also advise novices to connect with other ultralight builders through organizations such as the Experimental Aircraft Association, which has several local chapters and features workshops and demonstrations covering topics such as sheet metal construction, fabric covering and building wood truss wing ribs at its annual conference in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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