Homebuilt Aircraft

What is a Homebuilt Aircraft?

Homebuilt aircraft, also known as amateur-built aircraft or kit planes, are constructed by persons for whom this is not a professional activity. These aircraft may be constructed from "scratch", from plans, or from assembly kits.

Homebuilt aircraft obtained in popularity in the UNITED STATES in 1924 with the beginning of the National Air Races, kept in Dayton, Ohio. These races needed aircraft with loads of 150 pounds (68 kg) and also engines of 80 cubic inches or less and also therefore of the class limitations most were amateur-built. The years after Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight brought a height of passion between 1929 and 1933. Throughout this period lots of aircraft designers, home builders as well as pilots were self-taught and also the failure rate brought public outcry and increasing guidelines to amateur construction. The resulting federal standards on style, design, stress evaluation, use of aircraft-quality equipment and testing of airplanes brought an end to amateur building except in some specialized situations, such as races. In 1946 Goodyear restarted the National Air Races, consisting of a class for airplanes powered by 200 cubic inch and also smaller engines. The midget racer class spread nationally in the U.S. which brought about calls for appropriate criteria to allow recreational use of amateur-built aircraft. By the mid-1950s both the U.S. as well as Canada once again permitted amateur-built aircraft to defined requirements and limitations.

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