The world of home-built aircraft — officially known in the United States as Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft — has existed as long as powered flight. One could say, in fact, that the Wright brothers were the first home-builders, since they never relied on a factory to construct their airplanes. They, like the home-builders of today, used their own abilities and craftsmanship to construct a safe and efficient flying machine.
Today, tens of thousands of home-built aircraft fly throughout the world. A significant number of home-built aircraft have flown around the globe and one, the Voyager in 1986, was the first airplane ever to fly around the world non-stop on a single tank of fuel.
EAA was founded in 1953 by a group of airplane enthusiasts mostly comprised of airplane builders, although anyone with an aviation interest has always been welcome in the organization. EAA has been the organization of record as the home-built movement moved from simple, one-place tube-and-fabric airplanes 50 years ago to today’s wide spectrum of aircraft that feature plans- and kit-built models. No matter the airplane project, one thing remains constant – home-built aircraft provide a path where nearly anyone can pursue their personal dream of flight.