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Hands, Mind, and HeartWhat started as a handful of passionate enthusiasts has developed into a major force—and a significant component—of the aircraft industry.
The world of homebuilt aircraft — officially known in the United States as Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft — has existed as long as powered flight. Even the Wright brothers were homebuilders, since they didn't rely on a factory to construct their airplanes. They, like the homebuilders of today, used their own abilities and craftsmanship to construct safe and efficient flying machines.
EAA was founded in 1953 by a group of airplane enthusiasts mostly comprised of airplane builders, although anyone with an aviation interest has always been welcome in the organization. EAA has been the organization of record as the homebuilt movement moved from simple, single-place tube-and-fabric airplanes 60 years ago to today's wide spectrum of aircraft that feature plans- and kit-built models. No matter the airplane project, one thing remains constant – homebuilt aircraft provide a path where nearly anyone can pursue their personal dream of flight.
Experimental amateur-built aircraft, often called "homebuilts" because they are typically built in people's garages and basements, are the fastest growing segment of new aircraft in the United States. Amateurbuilt aircraft are built by individuals and certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as "experimental amateur-built" (E-AB).
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EAA's extensive resources, available through the EAA members' area or the association's staff, can help any aircraft builder or restorer to create a safe, efficient aircraft that provides recreation and education.
EAA Homebuilders Week
hank you for making our first EAA Homebuilders Week event a great success! EAA members can watch recordings of all Homebuilders Week videos on demand.Read More
At first, building your own aircraft might seem like a crazy idea. These resources will help you get the skills, experience and confidence you need to build or restore your own aircraft.Read More
EAA’s highly interactive, in-person and hands-on weekend workshops are now available online. These workshops are the perfect place for do-it-yourself aviators to learn about aircraft building and restoration.Read More
Intro to Aircraft Building
Why build an airplane instead of just buying one? Building an airplane is one of the most rewarding experiences in all of aviation.Read More
Kits & Plans
Homebuilding requires a big commitment, but just about anyone who’s finished a project will tell you that it was worth it. See the Kits & Plans that are out there.Read More
EAA Builders Log
This builders log provides homebuilding members a way to document compliance with the 51% rule and share their building progress with others.Read More
Hints for Homebuilders
Watch EAA’s collection of more than 500 “Hints” on all aspects of building or restoring.Read More
How to Articles
As an EAA member, you have access to an amazing collection of resources, from advice at your local chapter to digital content, like the Hints for Homebuilders video series.Read More
SOLIDWORKS is the design tool of choice for aircraft and kit manufacturers at companies from Cirrus to Zenith. EAA has worked with SOLIDWORKS to obtain FREE access to a personal-use version for EAA members!Read More
EAA’s Technical Counselor's Program, Flight Advisor's Program, and EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council all help to ensure EAA's continued focus on vital programs of benefit to current and future homebuilders.Read More
Founder's Innovation Prize
Help us keep the spirit of innovation alive in the EAA community and leverage its creativity toward solving specific challenges facing the general aviation community.Read More