# Truly possible to build plane within $5-8k budget? ### Help Support HomeBuiltAirplanes.com: #### venividibxtchy ##### New Member I fully admit ignorance on this issue, and have much more to learn about aircraft in general, but I'm curious if it is truly possible to build a safe, general-purpose airplane within a$5-8k budget?

I spoke to someone who owns their own 1973 Grumman Traveler AA-5 that they fly cross-country, and they convinced me that with knowledge and careful investment that it is possible. I said I always had an interest in flying, and in owning or even learning to build my own plane, but I had written off the idea due to the expense (and difficulty). It always seemed like a pipe dream for me.

I appreciate his encouragement, but after browsing many classifieds, and plane kits, the prices seem to be much, much higher...

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

#### Joe Fisher

##### Well-Known Member
Once some one starts to build a kit it isn't worth much. And most finished home built airplanes sell for less than the kit cost. There are exceptions the really popular ones like the RV series. So if you follow Barnstormers you can find airplane kits like Avid Flyer that sold for $16,000 and after not being finished might sell for$5,000.

#### wally

##### Well-Known Member
If you can consider a single place, you might be able to build one for about that. Or as Joe said maybe find a partially built kit and finish it.

Or if you get lucky, you can sometimes find a single place flying plane for that amount. I have seen Flybabys go for about that.

Yes, it is possible. My brother is well along the way to building a VFR Tailwind for less than $5K, complet with 400 hour Lyc. O-320. He has hurricane Katrina to thank for the savings on the power. Should fly this summer - if he doesn't get sidetracked with his boat. You can take your time and wait for good deals (save your cash so you can pounce when needed), or you can spend the money and "get it now". eBay is your friend:devious: #### bob.shea ##### Well-Known Member I'm trying to get it done, I paid$1700 for a single place, all metal plane ( kit was about 85% built, its 30 years old but clean, I am the 4th owner.) Baught basic instu. and portable radio off B-bay, about $500. The plane came with a 1600 vw that was in a flying plane. I havn't decided whether to rebuild or replace it yet. First trying to finish my private 30 hrs into it ( Love being in the air). I am hoping to have the plane finished, a very basic single seat low wing, with basic VFR and a GPS for between 5 & 6 grand. might be worth$9000 when finished. But for me its a dream that I can own and fly forever.
So, Yes it can be done and I will do it, so can you.
But before you worry to much about how much money it will cost. set your self a time table to try to be finished. I tried for 3 years, now things have worked out that I will should make that, but if it takes 4 or 5 years so what, once done its yours forever. Set your goal and have a plan, be sure of the type of plane you want. changing your mind mid stream will always cost more.
I think the hardest part is just starting.
Good Luck

#### lr27

The Hummelbird is about as cheap as you can get for a real, all-metal airplane. It uses the half-VW but that even costs $4000 or so. If you convert one yourself there's some specialty welding to it. Some guys have put Rotax 532s or 582s in them, but that engine costs money, too. The engine can cost as much as all the rest of the airplane put together. And that's why the occasional airplane owner come to the airport to fly and finds his cowling off and the engine mount hacksawed through and the engine gone. Or the prop missing. There are some guys who will do anything to get an engine. Dan Last edited: #### Joe Kidd ##### Well-Known Member 5K to 8K for a completed plane? Perhap's you can get most of your material's and insturment's, maybe a good core engine, but iffy. Why? Have you honestly assesed your tool's, skill's and where you'll do the build? Everything spent for tool's, training and facilities is as much a part of the building cost as the plane kit or materials, so don't fail to consider it into the equation. #### litespeed ##### Well-Known Member If you could stretch that to$10,000 you should be able to build a nice but basic panelled WW1 fighter. Great fun, easy 400hr build as a replica, and a heap of fun in a real aircraft, replica Guns and all.:gig:

Even if you take 700hrs to build a nice one it is very cool for a home build.:ban:

Andrew

#### Nickathome

##### Well-Known Member
I've been casually deciding whether I want to build or go for a well used production built plane. In my case I want all metal so my choices for an inexpensive kit or plans built plane are limited. The hummelbird is nice and seems inexpensive but for my size it'd be like stuffing 10lbs of $hit into a 5 lb bag. The Thatcher cx-4 is a real nice looking plane and can be built for under$20K, but that I realize is about 4 times more than what you want. The Teenie Two is a choice for you but its really small as well. Good luck and I hope you find a machine. If you do let me know because I would love to find something I can afford, and fit into.

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#### bmcj

##### Well-Known Member
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Unless you are going with light and slow, engine cost is likely going to be your deal-breaker.

#### needswings

##### Well-Known Member
The BK1 (Bruce King BK1.0 Home Page) and the Hummel Bird (Hummel Aviation - Bryan, Ohio) will probably be fairly close to the 8k mark if your careful about what your spending your money on, and go for a basic instrument cluster.

Be aware though that only part of the cost will go into the plane - unless you've got a fairly well equiped workshop you may need to buy a load of tools.