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DIY From Toolbox to Takeoff : Build an Airplane in Two Weeks !!

 
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DIY From Toolbox to Takeoff : Build an Airplane in Two Weeks !!
ARLINGTON, Washington — When Doug Barry set out to build his own airplane earlier this month, he wasn’t entirely sure where he’d be at this point.

Where he is … is done.

The New Mexico resident and experienced pilot built a Glasair Sportsman TC. It’s a four-seater with a turbocharged engine and carbon-fiber body. And he assembled it in just two weeks. Well, 11 days, if you want to be exact.

“I was a bit apprehensive,” Barry says. “I didn’t think you could build something of that caliber in that amount of time. It’s pretty satisfying, putting the machine together in two weeks, and it flew well.”

Barry didn’t build the airplane alone. It came together during the ultimate DIY aviation vacation: Glasair’s “Two Weeks to Taxi” program, which provides a would-be Howard Hughes with everything needed to build an airplane. It’s a handy way to help the home builder avoid the most common pitfall of DIY aviation — never finishing the project.

Barry arrived at Glasair’s factory — about 20 minutes from Boeing’s huge factory outside Seattle — on Nov. 1. He completed his first flight Tuesday. His new plane goes into the paint shop Monday, Nov. 22, and Barry plans to fly it home sometime next month.

“It’s better than a factory plane: You know everything that’s inside of it,” he says. “With a factory plane, all you can trust is that somebody else did it right. I know it’s right. I was there. I built it.”

Glasair has been making kit planes for nearly 30 years, but its accelerated-build program has drawn a whole new clientele who see building their own high-performance plane as a great way to spend a vacation. It also ensures they finish what they’ve started.

Homebuilt planes, officially known as experimental amateur-built aircraft, have long been popular. Traditionally, the homebuilt market has appealed to pilots eager to fly aircraft that simply aren’t built by the major manufacturers. Such planes can also offer a relatively cheap way to get into flying. More than 30,000 of these kinds of airplanes have been built in the United States.

Trouble is, it can take years to finish the job. Home builders typically work in their garages, basements and even living rooms, and it can take anywhere from several hundred to several thousand hours. Not everyone finishes it. No one keeps any kind of statistics, but the consensus is there might be as many planes finished as not.

So Glasair, which sells kits to pilots around the world, started thinking about how to help customers build their planes in less time while adhering to Federal Aviation Administration rules that say the “major portion” of the aircraft must be “fabricated and assembled by person(s) who undertook the construction project solely for their own education or recreation.”

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Burt Gummer

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11/20/2010 05:53 AM
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Re: DIY From Toolbox to Takeoff : Build an Airplane in Two Weeks !!
....50K plus tax for the kit plane....
..ad another 15K-20K for the avionics package that you cannot install.

It will be 75K before you are finished...even with your labor.





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