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.