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What are the accident rates for kit built aircraft vs. normal aircraft of the same model?

I know that some manufacturers both sell kit and finished version of their aircraft. For a fair comparison of accident rates, i was wondering: What are the accident rates for kit built aircraft vs. ...
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How to modify an amateur kit build with wing hard points

I plan on modifying an amateur-built all-metal kit plane so it has a hard point under each wing where various external loads (cameras, probes, etc) can be fitted to (university research). The location ...
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Is c.g rear or fore of wing leading edge?

This video states that the c.g of most non tapered airplane is 25%-30% of wing chord REAR of the leading edge.The aerodynamic center(a.c) of most wing is 25% rear of the leading edge ....Does this ...
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How hard is it to certify a kit aircraft if it is based on a production design like a Cessna 180?

I was looking at older planes, specifically the Cessna 180. It is discontinued, but people love them, so they fetch premiums. I saw St. Just Aviation has a kit Cessna 180. There are only 25ish planes ...
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What material is used on the wing surface of this airplane?

This is one of the Redbull's 2015 Flugtag contestants; I was wondering what material is used on the wing surface of this airplane? video here.
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How can I design and build an aeroplane from scratch? [closed]

Let's say I want to build an aeroplane completely from scratch (not downloading some blueprints on the internet, I mean really designing it myself). The goal is to create a flyable aeroplane from ...
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can the wreckages of a hot air balloon and a hang glider be salvaged for a working hang glider?

I'm currently working through my collection of Spike and Suzy albums, and in the album I'm currently reading, one of the main characters crashes with a hot air balloon near the wreckage of a hang ...
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What is a flying fuselage aircraft (FFA)?

I'm fond of ultralight flying and stumbled over the SF-1 Archon site. Specifications for more details. I found it very appealing as an ultralight and feel like flying it even though i don't have any ...