Building a Skyranger or Nynja
Just about anybody with reasonable DIY skills can build a Skyranger or Nynja. There are nearly 1500 of these aircraft flying all over the world and they all have one thing in common: every single one of them was built by someone just like you.
The airframe consists of straight aircraft grade aluminium tubes which simply bolt together, not unlike a mechano set. Most of the bolts and brackets are already in place and many come as sub assemblies. The covering, whether it is fibre glass or fabric is straightworward. The Skyranger fuselage covering is all pre made and simply laces up underneath. The Nynja composite panels rivet top and bottom. Flying surfaces, ailerons, flaps, rear stabilizers, elevators, fin and rudder are all complete and pre-covered. The wing structure bolts together and the pre made wing "sock" slips over the structure.You will be amazed at how quickly it all goes together. It is fun and educational, you will be surprised at how much you can learn by simply bolting something together.
A comprehensive build manual is included with every kit and is written in english (not a translation from another language) I also offer as much dealer support as you require.
There are many advantages of building your own aeroplane. Some are listed here.
1. Cost. You will save many thousands of dollars over a factory built machine. In many cases you will be fitting the same engine, prop and instruments as a factory built aircraft with similar performance.
2. Within reason you can modify the aircraft to your own requirements. You may be short or tall so seat position can be altered to suit you. Instruments and in some cases controls can be configured to your requirements.
3. Aircraft maintenance can be expensive, but building your own plane means that you are the best person to do the maintenance. After all you know every nut and bolt. This will give you great confidence in the aircraft itself but also the confidence to maintain it safely and legally.
4. Training.You may train in an aircraft that you have built. In fact you can even form a syndicate and all the builders in that group may train in that aircraft. This alone could save you thousands of dollars.
5. Flying an aircraft that you have built yourself will give you enormous satisfaction. I have experienced it myself and have seen it in others many times. The grin just will not go away!!!
How long will it take me? Average build time for a Skyranger or Nynja is around 350 hours, some say less but that seems to me to be about average. You might do that all in about 10 weeks or it might take you 12-18 months it just depends on the time you have available.
How much room do I need? Well, the more the better, but a Skyranger or Nynja can be easily built in a single car garage or even a carport. They have been successfully built in a lounge room although your partner may have other ideas. It does make it easier if you are able to wheel it outside to trial fit the wings. Final assembly is usually done in a hangar.
Do I need any special tools or jigs? No, just normal DIY tools, some metric spanners, a variety of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, a hand riveter etc. Some clecos are handy as is a small hand held grinder. No jigs are required, the kit is all self aligning. There is no painting required on either kit as the white gelcoat finish on the fibre glass parts does not require painting.
Can I get help if I get stuck? I will give you as much help as you need but you probably won't require much. There is also a network of Skyranger/Nynja owner/builders all over the country who are always willing to give fellow builders a helping hand.