Homemade Ultralight Airplane Plans

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Homemade Ultralight Airplane Plans
Flight certification is required before piloting an ultralight plane. (aeroplane image by Melissa Schalke from Fotolia.com)

Cost-conscious aviators build homemade ultralight aeroplanes to enjoy the experience of flight for less. Ultralight aeroplane plans are available online for free or a specified fee. Ultralight aeroplane requirements differ from other forms of aviation.

Ultralight Airplane Requirements

Ultralight aeroplanes are single-occupant only and used for recreation. They cannot fly as far as more expensive planes because of a maximum 5-gallon fuel tank size requirement. Homemade ultralight plans vary, but each must go no faster than 55 knots at full power in level flight. A Federal Aviation Administration representative also must certify each homemade ultralight is flight worthy before take-off.

Construction Plans

Ultralight plans are available for the first-time builder as well as the more seasoned. Plans and build instructions are available through services, like Affordaplane, which charges £5 for plan packages; Plans Delivery, which charges £16 for digital plans, and Evans Aircraft Company, which charges £38 for wood-based ultralight plans.

Required Registration

After completing the build, ultralight owners will need a completed Affidavit of Ownership for Experimental Aircraft, AC Form 8050-88 and Aircraft Registration Application, AC Form 8050-1. The Federal Aviation Administration requires a £3 registration fee too.

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