These pages chronicle the progress of
We decided to investigate the possibility
of building our own aircraft. We own shares in a Piper Archer, but it
is getting old, becoming increasingly costly to operate, and has restricted
availability (owned by a group of 12 pilots). We rarely fly with more
than 2 people so the luxury and cost of the 4 seater is not really necessary.
Our Piper Archer
various options, and home building had a great appeal. It will be a real
achievement, it is the lowest cost way of getting a brand new aircraft,
we can fit it out exactly as we want it, and we can operate it at much
lower cost with a small group (probably 3 or 4 people).
the Europa for several reasons: It has a well proven track record (over
900 kits sold), they provide a good level of technical back up, the firm
is based in the UK, it can be rigged and de-rigged easily if we want to
store it away from an airfield, the performance is excellent (150 mph,
ample payload, good range, excellent visibility, very stable to fly).
We visited the Europa factory in
North Yorkshire. By the time we had a test flight, we were convinced it
was the right decision.
our deposit, delivery of the kit expected mid November.
brought forward to mid October. We are booked on the Europa weekend workshop
on 18th October. Need to get cracking with preparing Peter's garage.
Garage cleared, started painting walls white.
Peter's girlfriend, Lyn, did most of this while
Peter watched the Ryder Cup on the telly.
Peter sealed the garage floor with an old tin of
sealant. Bought some nice shiny new garage floor paint.
Ian painted the floor. It looked really nice. It will take 48 hours to