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    first build suggestions

    My middle kid is turning 8 next month and when we ask her what she wanted for her birthday. She said an airplane she could fly in. So, we told her that we get her a set of plans and build one as a family. So now I need help finding one we can afford.

    It needs to have 2 or more seats.
    BE easy to fly so she can learn to fly in it.
    Price will be a big factor.

    So far I have been looking at the Pietenpol air camper, Wittman tailwind, and the buttercup.

    Thank you for any suggestion or advice would be helpful.

    P. S. Sorry if this is a double post.

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    Oooh, I like the look of the Buttercup!

    I'd rule out the Pietenpol because it's tandem seating and you won't be able to see your daughter's big grins.

    The Wittman looks like it would fit the bill as well, but I like the sexiness of the Buttercup. The Buttercup looks more new pilot friendly as well.

    Proviso: I am totally unqualified to speak the merits of the Wittman versus the Buttercup. I'm just going off of stats and looks.
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    Why don't you build me up, Buttercup baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilemikey View Post
    My middle kid is turning 8 next month and when we ask her what she wanted for her birthday. She said an airplane she could fly in. So, we told her that we get her a set of plans and build one as a family. So now I need help finding one we can afford.

    It needs to have 2 or more seats.
    BE easy to fly so she can learn to fly in it.
    Price will be a big factor.

    Buy a C-150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martymayes View Post
    Buy a C-150.
    +1

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    If you want to build rather than buy, Fisher has some pretty nice wood 2-seaters. Airdrome has a couple as well, if open cockpit works for you.

    It might be just me, but I can see building something out of wood as more of a "family project" than welded tubing and aluminum. Maybe not. Depends on what you're after, I guess.
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    Sounds like your looking for a plans built, but if not, RV-12.
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    Zenith would be my choice. These are really easy builds with holes drilled in the parts and all. You just assemble the kit. They build one a year at Osh in seven days. I have a friend who built a Zenith 750 in a 20 foot camper turned into a shop. It took him about one year. He did this in his spare time after work. He used an 0-200 for the power plant.

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbrasch View Post
    Sounds like your looking for a plans built, but if not, RV-12.
    I highly recommend the RV-12 in every respect except one... the cost. It's a super nice airplane, and I love mine, but he did say price was a factor and it's not a cheap build.
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    Nothing about aviation is cheap. Some are just not as expensive as the other. I know my buddy has over 20 grand in his Zenith and this is just the kit. Extra's like engine and such are not included in this cost.

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