Hands, Mind, and Heart

What started as a handful of passionate enthusiasts has developed into a major force—and a significant component—of the aircraft industry.

Aircraft Building

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.

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.

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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.

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Building your Aircraft

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.

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Hints for Homebuilders

Watch EAA’s collection of more than 300 “Hints” on all aspects of building or restoring.

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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.

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SportAir Workshops

EAA’s highly interactive, hands-on weekend workshops are the perfect place for do-it-yourself aviators to learn about aircraft building and restoring.

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Solidworks

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!

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Volunteer Assistance

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.

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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.

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EAA Staff Zenith Build: Time-Lapse
This time-lapse video, shot over a period of about 3 hours, shows the progress on the fuselage skins as our Zenith CH 750 continues to come together.
Amateur-Built Accident Rate Drops to New Low in 2017
10/4/2018

The experimental amateur-built accident rate dropped to below three per 100,000 flight hours for the first time ever in 2017.

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Improve Your Homebuilding Skills at AirVenture With SOLIDWORKS
7/21/2018

Since 2016, all EAA members can access and use Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to help with the design, building, and enhanc... Read More

Fiberglass SportAir Workshop Empowers Sheet Metal Builders
4/19/2018

Van’s RVs and similar homebuilt aircraft are largely constructed by working with sheet metal, but there’s more involved in th... Read More

Record-Setting Homebuilder Featured in New Book
3/29/2018

When we last wrote about Eileen Bjorkman, EAA Lifetime 435061, a few years ago, she was “blogging her way to a book” titled T... Read More

Nominations Sought for Tony Bingelis, Spirit of Flight Awards
3/8/2018

Do you know of an outstanding technical counselor or a pilot who has significant flight test experience and shared that knowledge with fe... Read More

Harmon Rocket

Low Wing - Metal

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Hatz

Biplane - Steel Tube, Wood, Fabric

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Headwind

High wing, steel tube, single place

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Hi-MAX

High wing - wood & fabric

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