A good friend gave me some things to think about recently. About why I’m building this plane. He challenged me with the following proposal; if I am building this plane to help teach my son some skills, then when I am done why don’t I just sell it and use part of the money to do something nice for my family? I know all my airplane buddies out there will ask if I am nuts. I probably am a bit nuts yes.
There are reasons that I won’t go into right now that do put this project right on the ragged edge of iffy-ness. If all continues to go well then we should be fine. However, I am in ministry in my church. I’m not a pastor but I have a practical ministry nonetheless. With so many people in hard times, and with certain other considerations in my personal life, is it really a responsible use of that money to build an airplane right now? If it’s to teach my son then yes. But if it *is* to teach my son then I should also teach him about sacrifice and letting go.
So I have therefore decided to build this airplane with my son with the intention of selling it. We’re going to look at this as a family business of sorts. Now this does somewhat tread into the grey areas of the FAA’s amateur homebuilt intent but I do intend to fly the plane for a bit. So really it does meet the “for education and recreation” intent of the FAA’s amateur-built experimental aircraft rules. If after I have sold the plane the economy has turned around and I am in a good financial position, then I will simple build another aircraft — this one to keep for myself.
Carl, this is my answer. Thanks for the challenge bro and for your ongoing sacrifices!