The Glasair 2 being built by the Boeing ONE BCnF project will be certified by the FAA as “Experimental, Amateur Built”. What does this mean? Apparently, some airplanes out there are built by amateurs. How many? Are they safe?
I currently co-own and regularly fly an RV-6A, an airplane that is very similar to the BCnF team’s Glasair. It, too, has an airworthiness certificate that says “Experimental, Amateur Built”. I firmly believe that this kind of airplane embodies a unique combination of safety, performance, innovation, customizability, and service history. These are terrific and seriously under-appreciated airplanes.
This blog post is an introduction to the world of “home-built” airplanes, something that few people – even in the aviation industry – ever think about. By the end, I hope that you will realize why so many pilots love these airplanes and would not want to fly anything else.