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I'm in the process of buying a CH750 kit, and I am confused over the pathway from being a non-pilot kit builder to flying the plane I just built.
The process as I see it is this...
Build the kit, have it inspected, test fly it, flight training, pilot certification.
So the part I'm having trouble visualizing as how you go from being a kit builder with a plane to being a certified pilot. Am I correct in saying that once I have the plane built I need to go out and find a flight instructor with a similar plane received my flight instruction and my pilot certification before I can fly my own plan?
Thanks for your reply Christopher, let me start off by saying that I have a A&P license and about 20 hurs in a glider. My intent is to have a sport pilot's license as opposed to a private pilot's license. From your message it sounds like I will have to acquire flight training in another plane before I can fly my own plane. I guess this was something I was trying to avoid, I was thinking that I could use my own plane for flight training to help reduce the
cost. S0 much for that plan, lol
I'm both an A&P and an instrument rated pilot. While I think pilots have a slightly different perspective of aircraft than do A&Ps (and some of that perspective is good), I think your A&P will give you most of the background you need.
The problem with getting a pilot's certificate before you have an airplane is that you will be very rusty before the aircraft is finished. In my view, that's particularly true for low time pilots.
If you have someone that you get along with that would be willing to fly off the 40 hrs. for you, then get a instructer that is willing to teach in a OBAM plane, you got it made.
I was lucky in that regard.
A lot of guys build and then learn to fly. Nothing wrong with that.
That was the same though I had. It would be hard to do, letting someone fly your new plane.