# Inexpensive Homebuilts... Why?

## Which is the closest reason to why you're interested in "inexpensive" homebuilts?

• ### I CAN afford many offerings, but can't get the (performance, looks, etc.) in my price range.

• Total voters
75
• Poll closed .

#### FritzW

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I think aviation (at least the kind that interests me) is too expensive because we make it too complicated. I like simplicity and simplicity usually goes hand in hand with inexpensive.

#### Toobuilder

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None of the responses fit me, but I do look for good value. My $100+k Rocket is cheap in some circles, high end in others, but I consider it an exceptional bang for the buck. I also enjoy my$10k, 4 GPH auto gas Taylorcraft. I define my mission requirements and then buy what I can afford. "Inexpensive" is not a primary consideration "good value" is.

#### VFR-on-top

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A cheap homebuilt is my only ticket to fly on a regular basis.
Fly on a regular basis. BINGO!

#### skier

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I'd be interested to know out of all the people on here that say they're interested in inexpensive homebuilts, how many are building one or own one?

I know there are a couple:
Dana
Pops
Wanttaja

Are there other's I'm missing?

#### Topaz

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I'd be interested to know out of all the people on here that say they're interested in inexpensive homebuilts, how many are building one or own one?

I know there are a couple:
Dana
Pops
Wanttaja

Are there other's I'm missing?
I think that's good material for another poll!

#### cavelamb

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Me?
But I'm not flying any more so I probably don't count.

#### Topaz

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I'd like to make sure I understand the "cheap bastard" answers here, because it's very interesting how that's coming to the fore. I'm seeing some themes emerging, and so let me rephrase a very general version of what I'm hearing, and "read it back" to make sure I've got it right:

"I would like to own a new airplane(/homebuilt) but, let's face it, an airplane is a 'toy' or 'luxury' purchase, regardless of its occasional utility for travel, etc. That being the case, I just don't want to spend the kind of money they're usually asking for on that kind of purchase. I have the money for homebuilts that are out there, but the meaning/actual utility an airplane will have for me doesn't add up to those kind of numbers. It just doesn't. An 'inexpensive' alternative is more in line with the value I get from an airplane in my life."​

Is that, as a very general restatement, accurate for you folks in the "cheap bastard" category?

#### skier

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Is that, as a very general restatement, accurate for you folks in the "cheap bastard" category?
That hits the nail on the head for me.

#### choppergirl

##### Banned

I'm starting to dig the heck out of airplanes pre-1914.... like the Grade II and Demoichelle . You could own an ultralight, and a real head-turner too... you know if you land a replica from 1909 people are going to do a double take. And you could probably get away with flying it into a WW1 fly in. And if you built one of the offbeat ones, you'd very likely own the only close copy in the world. You could use modern materials and techniques and not be anywhere near 100% authentic, and still have a total airshow beauty queen.

Those guys faced the same problems ultralight builders did. They built their planes really kite-like light because they didn't have powerful engines or a lot of money to spend. Some 80's ultralights were pretty much inspired copies of these early designs (B1RD, Weedhopper, Woodhopper, Dream Classic)...

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