There's a Kolb Mk 3 driver named John Hauck who has flown his 912 powered Kolb from Alabama to !)(#*$# Alaska and back more than once!There's a Kolb Mk3 driver that's flown it from Alabama to the Black Hills several times, but I won't be duplicating his flights...
there are a whole bunch of them out there especially if you're looking at two seaters that you're only going to use one seat.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.
My first thought is something like a Sonerai II set up as a single-seater from the rear cockpit complete with short canopy and the front 'pit given over to fuel and baggage with no provision for a passenger. Published specs show it with 300 mi range at 16 gallons fuel and a 2180cc Aerovee but since operating at a lower gross weight I bet I could manage close to 500 mi with 20 gal of fuel, an 1835cc VW, and the right prop. Other suggestions welcome, but let's keep this thread to existing homebuilts not idea designs.
- 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)
Yes...Can you scratchbuild a Sonex?
You could, but of course that would mean Mathew is serious about building an airplane to meet this mission in the near term or if at allYou could buy a "slightly assembled" Onex kit and get there. There is one on Barnstormers now not too far from you Matthew.
Any mention of factory built aircraft in my post are meant for performance comparison purposes only....I'm pretty sure the OP said he wanted to scratchbuild. The frequent mentions of used flying homebuilts, or 3/4 completed projects, or turn-key Cessna 172's... don't meet his purpose for this thread.