I have been calling past owners and builders of our ultralight and experimental aircraft asking them what their experience was like so that I can share them with you. I talked with Per Anderas last night and he shared this with me.
“We were camping at Oshkosh, and my young boys had a great time looking at all the kits available. They wanted to build one themselves, and we settled on the R80 Tiger Moth. We promptly named it Tigger. My oldest boy was the most involved, but the other three participated. When they built a rib, they signed it. The building process was straightforward and fun. It was very much like building a model airplane, just bigger. Once all the pieces were built, I finished all the system installations. We painted it like a tiger! We actually won a Second place trophy at Oshkosh in 2003!”
Building one of our ultralight aircraft can be a rewarding family exercise that doesn’t involve electronic devices! This was an experience that Per’s boys will never forget and that helped strengthen the bond between father and sons.