April 6 (Sat) 12pm - Building Your Own Airplane

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Every pilot wants to call an airplane their own, but with factory-built aircraft being so expensive, many turn to kit planes as a cheaper alternative. With most kit planes taking thousands of hours to build, a project like this requires a lot of planning, time, and commitment. In addition to building the plane, there are many regulations that need to be followed for the airplane to be airworthy.

Join Tim Roberts and Thomas Carlson from San Carlos Airport EAA Chapter 20 as they share their experience of building a kit plane and show the progress they have made in the “Build-a-Plane” program - an airplane build project with EAA and young people.


Tim recently retired from the University of California and is getting back into aviation as a priority in retirement.  He recently earned his Light Sport Repairman certificate and is a long time certificated Private Pilot, but has been somewhat inactive in recent years. He is now getting refresher training in the Rans S6 and looks forward to flying the Vans RV-12 that the club is currently building as part of the Build-a-Plane program.  He first joined EAA in 1968 and is a lifetime aviation enthusiast.

Thomas Carlson is a sports pilot rated since 2010 and has done Aerodynamic Aviation at KRHV. He took two trips to Oshkosh in 2016 and 2017 in a Vans RV-12 that he built with his dad.


San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation thought safety, community, and adventure.  AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2018 as the best flight school in the West.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminar and guest speaker programs.  Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home, or recorded at a later date.  Contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access.