# First attempt to build which airplane?

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#### sleeperrx7

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Hey SleeperX7,

Have you considered finding your local EAA chapter. I just did a search and there are loads of them in Ohio. Unsure how close to you, but it is worth a try. I joined my local chapter here in Los Angeles since I dont have the space to build either. Rather then jump in feet first and build something for myself, I have decided to get involved in our club project (Cygnet SF2a) and I figured by doing so, I will also learn many of the skills I will need to build a plane of my own. Also while being there, my choices in planes I would like have changed many times. Before i never owuld have considered a metal airframe because i had no experience in sheet metal; my composite skills are strong. Yet after helping on a Sonex and also a little on an RV9 I am becoming more open to it each day. More so the pop rivet construction over the rivets in the RV.

Also ny joining the EAA club, i have been exposed to more people who fly then I coudl ever imagine. It is a great way to meet people who fly and who are builind or have built. The Have built part is nice since you can get rides in some very interesting planes from members.

Hope this helps.

Marc

#### SVSUSteve

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If you can find a spot to put it, you could also consider one of those portable garages. The ones that are basically just a tent, supported by hefty metal poles. You can buy them fairly cheaply. In fact you can get the carport model that's just a roof, then add walls made from polypropylene tarps grommeted to the front, back, and sides, for probably less than \$300.00. It won't be pretty, and it'll probably be hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but it will keep the weather at bay, and can be heated or cooled easy enough....Alot cheaper IMO than renting hangar space at an airport, or even securing an old shipping container, but at least it'll be a space to work.......
For the cost of a carport, you could get enough lumber to build a decent size building. I used to raise chickens for 4H and we built a huge chicken coop that would, in hindsight, have made a **** fine workshop. We just used a plastic corrugated material for the roof but the walls and floor were plywood with standard framing lumber supports.

#### rheuschele

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For the cost of a carport, you could get enough lumber to build a decent size building. I used to raise chickens for 4H and we built a huge chicken coop that would, in hindsight, have made a **** fine workshop. We just used a plastic corrugated material for the roof but the walls and floor were plywood with standard framing lumber supports.
It's a nice thought, but way too many building codes, laws and zoning will cure that thought.

#### SVSUSteve

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It's a nice thought, but way too many building codes, laws and zoning will cure that thought.
Nope. It's classifiable the same as a "yard barn" or, at most, a detached garage. If it's not permanently anchored into the ground and not intended as a residential or commercial structure, it is generally not beholden to most building or fire codes in most jurisdictions. Zoning would not be an issue unless you're trying to run a business out of it (and even then there are ways around that). Even if you need a building permit, it would be no different than requesting one for a detached garage which often simply just requires a few pages of paperwork and a nominal fee.

#### sleeperrx7

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Why can't I find more people like this in my area? I gotta get out more. Thanks for all the great ideas everyone!