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Also known as amateur-built aircraft or kit planes, homebuilt aircraft are constructed by persons for whom this is not a professional activity. These aircraft may be constructed from "scratch," from plans, or from assembly kits.Armstrong, Kenneth: Choosing Your Homebuilt - the one you will finish and fly! Second Edition, pages 39-52. Butterfield Press, 1993. ISBN 0-932579-26-4Peter M Bowers: Guide to Homebuilts - Ninth Edition. TAB Books, Blue Ridge Summit PA, 1984. ISBN 0-8306-2364-7


In the United States, Australia and New Zealand, homebuilt aircraft may be licensed Experimental under FAA or similar local regulations. Provided that the owner has done at least 51% of the construction work themselves they can also apply for a repairman's certificate for that airframe. The repairman's certificate allows the holder to perform and sign off on most of the maintenance, repairs, and inspections themselves.

Alberto Santos-Dumont was the first to offer for free construction plans, publishing drawings of its Demoiselle in the June 1910 edition of Popular Mechanics. The first aircraft to be offered for sale as plans, rather than a completed airframe, was the Baby Ace in the late 1920s.

Homebuilt aircraft gained in popularity in the US in 1924 with the start of the National Air Races, held in......
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