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  1. #11

    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    20000$ on barnstormers (search "emeraude") on that day. This fine airplane has the most pleasant control harmony and is a joy to fly.
    Put your 5000$ in for flying it safely (extensive carry-through inspection).

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    You won't build an emeraude for less money and you will fly soon in your own airplane.

    See Budd Davisson pirep
    Last edited by JLS; 08-19-2021 at 10:50 AM.

  2. #12
    That is an interesting idea and may not be a bad way to go. I was really hoping I could find something my son and I could work on together and he could start learning some mechanical skills.

  3. #13

    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Ask help from a local EAA counselor for needs of restoring it (fabric, engine, instruments). Nevada, IA is central, and I don't know if it's wet or not. I don't know if an emeraude is rare on the market, I wish you the best for future if you take that route (note: this aircraft is not out of annual and is ready for flying, price is honest).
    Last edited by JLS; 08-20-2021 at 04:30 AM.

  4. #14

    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Buy a partial Van's kit and learn the rest. Best resale, buy flying, just make sure you do a prebuy.

  5. #15
    How about a gyrocopter? Safe and easy to fly. Doesn't stall like a plane.

  6. #16

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Quote Originally Posted by Fightfire50 View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    I am researching the feasibility of building my own airplane. The first thing I found is that there are thousands of plans and kits out there, and no real discernable way to narrow the search down. I think I have a pretty good idea of what I want the plane to do, but no idea how to narrow down the selection. If anyone could suggest kits or plans that suit what I am looking for, I would really appreciate it.

    Plane specs:
    Bi-plane or low wing
    Easy to build for first time builder
    Easy to fly/land
    2 seats
    Must be able to easily communicate with passenger
    Low cost-like fly baby cost but 2 seats
    If open cockpit, Easy to add a removable canopy

    Local site seeing solo, with my son, or with another adult
    $100 hamburger runs with my son
    Occassional x/c. Willing to make fuel stops if needed

    My skills:
    Home construction

    I cannot:
    Paint very well

    If I have omitted any useful information needed for a suggestion, please let me know. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.
    Consider looking at the Pietenpol or the Sonex.

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