You could acquire a used Pulsar I for around 15-20K. It will also be a decent cross country traveler too. Provided you are no taller than 6 feet and under 200 pounds. You could fly solo and weigh as much as 250 lbs for a commute.Hello, I'm happy to join this forum.
I'm looking at starting a build of a single sitter that I hope to use for commuting 30 miles daily, weather permitted.
I'm pretty good with mechanics (restored and rebuilt cars, engines, bicycles, appliances), electronics (my other job) and some carpentry.
Is there a consensus on what that TBD plane should be? My basic criteria is:
1. Fly 30 miles with some spare gas for surprises.
2. I need to be able to build it.
3. I need to be able to finish it in 12-24 months.
4. I'm budgeting about $15K for plans, materials and engine. Could pony up $10K more if a quick-build will save a lot of time.
5. Needs to fly in and out of Class C/D airspace, so no ultralight (unless it is registered)
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Not to be pedantic, but it's the lack of an engine powered generator, not a stater, that drives the "no transponder/ADSB" thing. With the availability of light, high capacity batteries, a total loss electrical system with a starter and electronic ignition is a viable thing today.An Evans VP-1 Volksplane (or VP-2) would fit the budget if you did the VW conversion yourself and, if hand propped, no ADS-B or transponder required.