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The MakerPlane Lets Amateur Aviators Build Their Own Aircraft

By: Michael Hines - Published: Aug 23, 2012 • References: makerplane.org and dvice
The number of amateur aviators is set to soar once the MakerPlane project gets up and running. The MakerPlane is the latest endeavor from the folks over at Makerspace. The project's mission is to make it cheap and easy to build an airplane. The beauty of the MakerPlane is that almost all of its parts can be printed from a 3D printer. Being able to print airplane parts will still cost a pretty penny, but it'll be a heck of a lot cheaper than buying them individually.

The printed plane will be a single-engine sport aircraft that can seat two. This type of plane offers very little in the way of looks and thrills, but it only takes 20 hours of instruction and a few tests until you're licensed to fly alone. The folks behind the MakerPlane expect to having a working prototype up sometime in 2014.