So where can you get plans or kits to build your custom aircraft? Actually, as you move into the world of experimental aircraft you’ll find hundreds of valuable resources and dozens of manufacturers vying for your attention — and dollars. None of them are getting rich, but many have successfully sold plans and kits that are now up and flying.
If you haven’t guessed already, one of the leading resources for custom-built aircraft is the EAA. It not only helps those who want to build their own airplanes, it also works with manufacturers to develop and promote safe aircraft.
Building your own kit aircraft doesn’t mean you automatically get to fly it. You still must have a pilot’s certificate to fly any aircraft. And part of the aircraft construction process requires that the plane be checked for safety before you ever fly it. There are no shortcuts to safe flying.
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
-- Andre Gide