- Feb 13, 2010
- Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA
Most of my interest in homebuilt aircraft is low and slow flying for fun. Still, I do sometimes daydream about long cross-country adventures, maybe a trip around the circumference of the USA. I am not looking for transportation on a schedule and don't want an IFR machine, just a fun flyer that can cross long distances and make good time with one hefty pilot and baggage including lightweight camping and survival gear. What are some existing homebuilts that could be suitable for solo cross-country adventures on a budget. Off the top of my head I am thinking *minimum* performance like this, though more payload and speed would be desirable.
- Total budget (flying and fully equipped to night VFR levels) under $25,000
- Cruising speed at least 100 mph (162 kph)
- No-reserve range at that cruising speed at least 500 statute miles (760 km).
- Payload with fuel for that no-reserve range at least 300 lb (136 kg)