Builder Resources

We put this page together to help builders find some aircraft related supplies, accessories and resources. Please feel free to contact us if we have left anything off that you think should be on this page.

Aircraft Construction/Classes/How To's - Back to the TOP!

  • Aircraft Construction Work Table
    EAA Chapter 1000 Standardized Work Tables Plans and Building Instructions
  • EAA How-To Books
    The Official EAA Merchandise Catalog.
  • EAA SportAir Workshops
    Build your own airplane! Let us show you how.
  • Experimental Aircraft library of how-to Articles
    Lot's of cool articles about everything to do with Experimental Aircraft.
  • Jim's RV-8A Fiberglass Tutorial
    "Fiberglass!", "Why does it always have to be Fiberglass?" Tutorial on a fiberglass modification to a FAB airbox.
  • Mixing Proseal
    The mixing and application of "Proseal" during the building process.
  • RV Rudder Fiberglass Tip Installation
    Rudder Fairing installation.
  • RV Training Project Practice Kit
    This is a training project used to introduce prospective RV builders to the materials and techniques used in putting together an RV kit. You'll assemble a short section of control surface and, in the process, learn the basic sheet metal skills needed during actual kit construction.
  • Sheet Metal Video
    Demo of constructing the RV Training Project Practice Kit *(go to "Videos", "Other Videos", and look for "Sheet Metal Tools").
  • Texas Welding Schools
    Texas Welding Schools helps inform people about every Texas state-approved welding program in their area. They have information about programs located in major metro areas like Houston, DFW, and San Antonio, as well as an interactive map that displays all programs across the state. The site also has resources on how to find financial aid for welding schools, welding programs for veterans, what to expect from welding school, and other educational resources on the blog.
  • Wing Incidence Drilling Simplified
    Van's PDF file on setting the wing incidence.

Aircraft Electrical/Wiring/Ignition - Back to the TOP!

Aircraft Engines/Conversions - Back to the TOP!

Aircraft Fuel Systems/Accessories - Back to the TOP!

Aircraft Graphics - Back to the TOP!

Aircraft Inspection/DAR/FAA - Back to the TOP!

  • T C Willis, LLC - FAA DAR - Experimental Aircraft
    Supporting Experimental aircraft builders nationwide since 1995. providing; FAA DAR-T Amateur-built, Research and Development, Special Light Sport and Experimental Light Sport Certification Inspections Nationwide.

Aircraft Interiors/Soundproofing - Back to the TOP!

Aircraft Lighting/Strobes - Back to the TOP!

Aircraft Paint/Painting Services/Aluminum Polishing - Back to the TOP!

  • Article on Polishing Aluminum
    Polishing Aluminum Panels. The Swift Method to a Mirror Finish.
  • Axis Products, Inc. Painting Systems
    Axis Products in Gilberts, Illinois, manufacturers of the CITATION HVLP combination paint sprayer and supplied-air respirator system.
    Complete aircraft refinishing on single, twin and small jets. Fiberglass, metal and fabric repair. Custom graphic and art work.
  • Flying Kolors Aero Paints
    Flying Kolors Aero Paints is a family owned and operated business that takes pride and works hard at turning out the best possible paint jobs. We have been painting since 1981 and expanded in 1997 to our present location at the Riverside Municipal Airport in Riverside, California.
  • Gillis Aeropaint
    Located just south of Will Rogers World airport in Okahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Glo Custom Aircraft, Inc.
    We provide quality exterior finishes (factory or custom design) to the private aircraft customer.
  • Lone Star Wingwaxers
    The Ultimate in Aircraft Detailing, Aluminum Polishing, Paint Touch-Ups/Repair and Internal Corrosion Treatments. Located at NorthWest Regional Airport (52F), Roanoke, TX. Gary Funderburk - 214 546-7849
  • Painting Your Own Aircraft
    This article, entitled "PAINTING... Solving the Mystery" was first published in EAA's Sport Aviation magazine by Ron Alexander.
  • Sherwin-Williams Self Etching Primer
    988 G.B.P. Self Etching Primer - Aerosol is ideal for spot/panel repairs where small bare metal areas are present. It increases both adhesion and corrosion protection on small sand throughs. 988 may be topcoated directly for quick and easy repairs.
  • The Great Pinhole Filler - UV Smooth Prime
    UV Smooth Prime is a crosslinkable waterborne urethane. It is used on composite aircraft to protect the structural epoxy of your composite surface from harmful UV light. It also provides an easy-to-apply, sandable coating and fills pinholes in your composite surfaces.

Aircraft Parts/Accessories/Hardware - Back to the TOP!

  • Aerox Oxygen Systems
    AEROX is your specialist in aviation oxygen systems and accessories.
  • Aircraft Extras
    MANY Products for RVs.
  • EPM.AV Corporation
    Innovative Aftermarket Products for Experimental Aircraft.
  • Fairings-Etc. Fiberglass Aircraft Fairings
    Custom made with pride and craftsmanship, Fairings-Etc. fairings can give your aircraft additional style, sleekness and increased efficiency.
  • Genuine Aircraft Hardware, Inc.
    We at Genuine Aircraft Hardware Company specialize all of our service in the area of Aircraft Fasteners and items closely related to Aircraft Fasteners.
  • Inifity Aerospace - Military Stick Grips
    Military Style Control Stick Grips for Aircraft, and for *MANY* other uses.
  • James Aircraft Inc.
    James Aircraft is the manufacturer of the "Holy Cowl" for the RV series and Mustang II.
  • Latches for cowling and access doors
    The Hartwell H-5000-2 is a unique spring-loaded, trigger action latch for cowling and access doors. Made of corrosion resistant steel. Rivet or spot weld to structure.
  • Micro Fasteners
    For many years hobbyists and engineers have relied on Micro Fasteners' inventory of affordably priced socket screws, machine screws, locknuts, washers, sheet metal or self tapping screws, wood screws, other fasteners and related items in U.S. and metric sizes.
  • Sacramento Sky Ranch
    Distributors of Aircraft Parts since 1940.
  • Sensenich Propellers
    Sensenich Propeller Manufacturing Company manufactures and services our own fixed-pitch metal (aluminum) propellers for Type Certified and Homebuilt / Kit aircraft.
  • Skybolt Aircraft Fasteners
    20,000 SQ FT State of the Art Manufacturing and Distribution of Specialty Aerospace Fasteners.
  • The Sport Flying Shop
    We are YOUR source for the most advanced glass panel displays available for sport/experimental aviation!

Aircraft Tools/Supplies - Back to the TOP!

  • Air Salvage of Dallas, Inc.
    Aircraft part and accessories.
  • Aircraft Spruce and Specialty
    Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company carries everything a pilot could need, including pilot supplies, aircraft parts and tools, always at the lowest prices. Aircraft Spruce supplies components for a wide variety of homebuilt aircraft including the Lancair, Vans Aircraft, Cozy, Starduster and Europa, as well as factory built parts for Cessna, Piper, Beech, and Mooney.
  • Aircraft Tool Supply
    Shop in our online store for rivet guns, riveting kits, sheet metal tools, inspection equipment, aircraft engine tools, and other specialty aircraft tools.
  • Avery Tools LP
    Avery Tools is a leading tool supplier to the Sport Aviation Market. We sell specialty tools aimed towards the construction of aluminum aircraft.
  • Brown Aviation Tool Supply
    We stock a wide range of tooling including: Air Tools, Hand Tools, Cutting Tools, Rivet Guns, Bucking Bars, Threaded Drills, Countersinks, Hi-Lok Tooling, CherryMax Tooling, Jo-Bolt Tools, Cobalt & HSS Drills, Rivet Sets, Tool Kits, Carbide Tooling, Composite Tooling and much more.
  • Cleaveland Aircraft Tools
    Cleaveland Aircraft Tool & Material located in Boone, Iowa has become one of the most reputable suppliers of tools needed in the construction of the RV projects.
  • ExperimentalAero
    ExperimentalAero's goal is to provide experimental aircraft builders and owners with innovative tools and components for their projects. Home of the DRDT-1 & 2.
  • Great Plains Aircraft Supply Co., Inc.
    Great Plains Aircraft Supply Co., Inc., is an international manufacturer and supplier of VW based engine kits, components, and airframe parts.
    Highest quality name brand aircraft tools, lowest prices, best guarantee. We will work hard to earn and keep your business. We ship to RV Builder's around the globe.
  • Professional Air Riveting Tools
    Professional quality tools, for homebuilt Aircrafts.
    Craftsman Fly Circle Cutter
  • The Yard
    The Yard is your low cost resource for new and used air tools, aircraft sheetmetal tools and aviation tool needs. Whether you are looking for a rivet gun, right angle drill, pistol grip drill, pneumatic rivet shaver, cleco, microstop, holefinder, reamer, drill bit, scale, rivet set, or any other tool related to aircraft or airplane maintenance and repair, we are your supplier.
  • U.S. Industrial Tool & Supply Company
    Manufacturer of quality tools and machinery serving thousands of aircraft tool users worldwide.
  • Wicks Aircraft Supply
    Helping Aviators Build the Aircraft of Their Dreams for Over 30 Years.

Airports - Back to the TOP!

Aviation Websites - Back to the TOP!

    All gassed up and no place to go? We have an ever growing list of Aviation Events and Fun Places to Fly, provided by pilots like you who love aviation.

Avionics/Systems/Monitors/Panels - Back to the TOP!

  • Advanced Flight Systems
    Engine Monitoring.
  • Affordable Panels
    Instrument panels for experimental aircraft.
  • Avery® Clear Inkjet Labels
    Professional-looking labels with excellent black and color print quality. Works with Microsoft Word on HP, Canon, Epson and other inkjet printers.
  • Avionics Hangar
    We offer products ranging from individual components to complete, custom avionic installation kits that enable you to install your own avionics.
  • Dynon Avionics
    Dynon Avionics designs, manufactures and distributes a growing line of affordable glass cockpit avionics. Operated by aviation enthusiasts, Dynon utilizes the very latest state-of-the-art technologies to create modern avionics products with an emphasis on lowering prices and enhancing reliability.
  • Experimental Panel Planner
    The ePanel Builder is an online aircraft instrument panel design and collaboration tool providing you the resources necessary to design and build your custom aircraft's panel.
  • Grov-Air Custom Molded Panels
    Because of our extensive experience with advanced aircraft avionics we are now offering custom-built instrument panels for the RV-series of aircraft.
  • Kelley Instruments, Inc.
    Our mission is to provide our customers high quality aircraft instruments with unconditional satisfaction. Over the years, we have been a business of integrity with exceptional values. We are committed to these traits, and providing our customers with exceptional service.
  • Navaid Devices, Inc.
    The Navaid Devices autopilot was designed specifically for homebuilders and is intended for use only in aircraft licensed in the experimental category.
  • PS Engineering
    Audio and Intercom Systems.
  • Rocky Mountain Avionics
    Experimental aircraft all over the world are using the microENCODER and microMONITOR to add safety, reduce panel space and enjoy computer-based electronic instrumentation.
  • RST Engineering
    RST Engineering is a small, family run aviation and communication electronics kit manufacturer and direct seller.
  • Stark's Aviation
    Electrical and Lighting Services.
  • The Sport Flying Shop
    Comms, Avionics and Instruments.
  • TruTrak Flight Systems, Inc.
    Trutrak Digital Autopilots represents the greatest advance in General Aviation autopilot technology since the invention of the Century III Autopilot in 1965.
  • Vertical Power
    Simplify your flight operations and monitor your engine with five buttons. Yes, five!

Builder Assistance/Help/Aircraft Services - Back to the TOP!

  • Exp Aircraft Services
    Welcome to Exp Aircraft Services, our capabilities include: Dynamic Propeller Balancing & Vibration Analysis; Altimeter/Static System Certification (CRS pending FAA approval); Transponder Certification (CRS pending FAA approval) ; Avionics/Electrical Systems Repair & Troubleshooting; Airframe/Engine Maintenance & Repair; Certified Aircraft Weighing and Compute W&B. For Experimental Aircraft, we specialize in Van's RV series Aircraft; Annual Condition Inspections; Comprehensive Pre-buy Inspections; Instrument Panel Modifications; Electronic Ignition Install; Auto Pilot Installation; Builder Assist, Structure/Systems/Avionics; Oxygen Refilling; FREE Safety Inspections, PLUS an EAA Technical Counselor.

Email Support Groups/Help - Back to the TOP!

Flight Training/Transitioning - Back to the TOP!

  • Light Sport Certificate Pilot Training in a 2007 Legend Cub!
    Four Winds Aviation offers pilot training specific to the Light Sport Certificate. This newly offered FAA rating is unique in that once a pilot is certified, does not require that Pilot In Command to hold an FAA Medical Certificate. Aero Country Airport, McKinney, TX
  • RV Flight Training
    Alex De Dominicis
  • Sport Pilot Training
    You can train to become a Sport Pilot in the new LSA category right here at McKinney airport (TKI). Current aircraft is the Zodiac CH601XLi

Homebuilder Logs - Back to the TOP!

  • ExperCraft Simple Log
    ExperCraft Simple Log is a powerful yet easy-to-use system allowing builders of experimental/homebuilt aircraft to store and share their project log information on line.
  • Kitlog Pro
    KitLog Pro is an organizational tool that allows the builder of any type of aircraft to create, archive, maintain, and display the entire building process.

Homemade Tools - Back to the TOP!

Insurance - Back to the TOP!

  • EAA Aircraft Insurance
    The EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan and the EAA Non-Owned (Renters) Aircraft Insurance Plan addresses these special requirements by offering a wide array or expanded insurance coverages for all types of aircraft.

Kitbuilt Aircraft Showcase - Back to the TOP!

  • James Redmon's Berkut
    If you are interested in a Berkut, this is the go-to website. It has extensive construction photos(with detailed narrative) and exciting videos of the Berkut in flight.
  • Mike Schipper's RV-9A
    If you want to see how to build a Van's RV-9A, check out this website. Experience the fun of flying the completed project. This is why you build.
  • Rich Guerra's Velocity XL RG
    This website is a picturebook on the construction, maintenance, and joy of flying the Velocity. Several videos are included. Air racing is a highlight.
  • Rick Henry's Mustang II
    Excellent construction photos and amazing trips to Alaska and the Bahamas. Good discussion on decision to build.

Kits and Plans Companies - Back to the TOP!

  • AeroCad, Inc.
    Manufacturers of the AeroCanard-FG, AeroCanard-RG, AeroCanard-SB Kits and advanced composite parts.
  • Atlantica Blended Wing Body

  • Bakeng Duce
    Bakeng Deuce aircraft factory website.
  • Berkut
    Berkut's cockpit visibility and comfort are unmatched by any of today's canard pusher aircraft or its tractor configured side-by-side competitors.
  • Cozy Aircraft
    CoZy Development offers a 4 place plans built canard aircraft.
  • Homebuilt Homepage
    This is a great resource for researching what type of homebuilt airplane you are interested in. It lists virtually every link to kit manufacturers and many websites of builders who can show what is involved in constructing their type of homebuilt airplane. It is worth a look.
  • Kolb Builders Sites
    The New Kolb Aircraft is a proud member of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association.
  • Mustang II and Mustang Midget
    Home of the Midget Mustang and Mustang II Experimental Aircraft!
  • Team Tango
    Team Tango is the leader in fast-build aircraft kits, and we are taking fabrication technology to a new level.
  • Van's Aircraft, Inc.
    Total Performance RV Kitplanes.
  • Warner Aerocraft: Revolution II and SpaceWalker
    Information on building the experimental airplane from Sportster kits supplied by Warner Areocraft a homebuilt.

Learn how to Fly! - Back to the TOP!

Paint Your Own Airplane! - Back to the TOP!

Reference/Conversion Tables - Back to the TOP!

Replica Builders - Back to the TOP!

Research, Magazines, Articles, Books, Videos, Museums, Special Interest - Back to the TOP!

  • Aerospace Engineering's Aerospace Digital Library
    Design-centered introduction to Aerospace Engineering.
    Great website to see what is going on at all airshows, including Oshkosh and the recent Gathering of Mustangs and Legends. Lots of pictures and aircraft videos.
  • Builder's Bookstore
    Aircraft constuction books and videos.
  • Cavanaugh Flight Museum
    The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America's aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation.
  • EAA Chapter 1000 Standardized Work Tables

  • FAA Safety Home Page
    Click on "Learning Center." (left column) Then, click on "Pilots Resources" (in the left column). This takes you to a gold mine of resources and other links dealing with virtually every aspect of flying.
  • FAA Web Page for Pilots
    This is the FAA's web page for pilots, where manuals, handbooks, and all manner of information for pilots are available. Take a look.
  • FlightAware
    Free Flight Tracker: Tracking, Status, Maps, and Graphs for Private (General Aviation) IFR flights, Commercial (Airline) flights, and airports.
  • Flying Machines Press

  • GeoBeck, Inc.
    RV Construction Videos
  • LiveATC.Net
    World Coverage Map
  • LiveATC.Net
    Live Air Traffic Control Communications
  • Sport Air Racing League
    The Sport Air Racing League exists to promote open course air racing for experimental and production aircraft.

Texas EAA Chapters - Back to the TOP!

Videos (for motivation) - Back to the TOP!

Weather-Navigation-Flight Planning - Back to the TOP!

  • AirNav: Aero Country Airport

  • AirNav: Collin County Regional Airport

  • DUAT
    Data Transformation Corporation's FAA Sponsored DUAT Service.
  • Gears Down: Fly! Free flight planning, weather briefing and more!
    Here is a great resource to do all your flight planning at one website.
  • KTKI Weather
    Current weather conditions at McKinney, Collin County Regional Airport at Mc Kinney, TX, from the National Weather Service.
  • Runway Finder - Flight Planning/Weather is a flight planning resource for U.S. pilots, showing current weather conditions for airports in an area at a glance displayed on seamless sectional and terminal charts. In addition, routes, range circles, and temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) can be plotted.
  • Sky Vector Air Charts
    You can view several different aeronautical charts for the airspace of interest. Also get flight plan data and see weather status at each reporting airport.
  • The Weather Channel
    The Weather Channel's provides a national and local weather forecast for cities worldwide, as well as a weather radar, map and report.
  • Weathermeister
    Dan Checkoway's Weathermeister. A great flight planning tool with complete weather forecast geared just for aviation.