Homebuilt or experimental aircraft have been around for more than a century. The Wright brothers built the first airworthy plane as “experimental” in their shop. Today, there are thousands of experimental aircraft at varying stages of completion in garages across the country.
Hundreds of homebuilt or experimental aircraft plans and kits qualify as airworthy under specific FAA rules and regulations. That means you can build your own experimental aircraft, then fly it under your private-pilot certificate. You can learn more about the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at www.EAA.org.