we build planes

A 21st century aircraft builder's log

Join a community of amateur, homebuilt aircraft builders, sharing their passions and hard-earned lessons

Your online builder's log

Keep track of your build, and post other fun, interesting, or helpful things

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Help when you need it

Automatically see top-rated relevant posts, or ask questions of other builders.

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Enthusiastic community

Whether building or already flying, this community has a lot to offer.

Recent posts

Steve Tilden Test Pilot
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11/11/19

11 hours ago
Will Jen Test Pilot
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Dan Schultz Test Pilot
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Bryce Werner Test Pilot
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Bryce Werner Test Pilot
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Zac Holmes Test Pilot
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Your online builder's log

Quick & easy

Snap photos directly on the page, no extra steps. Quick-post an entry with a few photos in just seconds.

  • As much or as little as you want: Post quickly for your personal reference and build log, or craft full blog posts for others to enjoy.
  • Collect pictures, text, and videos about your build.
  • Post other fun or useful content, unrelated to your plane.
  • Categorize by aircraft section, custom tags, drawing/reference number, and more.
Take photos directly from the website
Snap pics from your log, while posting. No extra steps
Take photos directly from the website
Snap pics from your log, while posting. No extra steps
Track your build

Track build times, expenses, flight time, and more.

You control your data

Your data is safe. Your data is yours. (no vendor lock-in).

We Build Planes is founded and created by a passionate home builder who shares your concerns for the safety, longevity, and portability of your builder log. We have multiple layers of built-in safety nets, as well as the ability for you to export and maintain your own data to ensure your log is completely safe and secure.

  • Export your posts to common, reusable formats (JSON, HTML). Take control of your log, and move it anywhere, any time.
  • Your posts and photos are automatically backed up in multiple, redundant data centers.
  • You decide whether your posts are public or private.
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Help when you need it

Automatically see the most helpful posts.

When you're building a particular section of your aircraft, you can easily see other posts for that section which have been voted as most helpful.

Helpful relevant posts are shown automatically as you build your plane

Ask questions and get help.

The home-built airplane community is incredibly enthusiastic, helpful, and collaborative.

Ask and answer questions

Browse others' build logs for ideas, tips, and tricks.

Browse by plane section, model, manufacturer, and more.

Come across somebody else's post you think will be useful later? Add your own private sticky note for future reference. It'll be at your fingertips when building that part of the plane.

Add a private sticky note to posts

Community-driven knowledge base

Unlike traditional discussion forums where the info gets buried and becomes hard to search for, all information posted to We Build Planes is categorized by aircraft type, section, and other tags, as well as rated for helpfulness, so it's readily available to anyone who needs it, when they need it.

Amateur aircraft builders learn (and teach!) so many things, and it's often not related to specific aircraft. Find and share general-purpose tips about tooling, construction methods, workshop setup, workbenches, or anything else.

Add a private sticky note to posts

Let's build this resource in your vision

We Build Planes is still under active development, and we're only scratching the surface of how helpful this resource can be.

So many great ideas have come from others like you, so be sure to share your suggestions to help this community realize its full potential

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Join a community of aviation enthusiasts

  • Give confidence, kudos, encouragement, assistance

    Vote on useful posts, leave comments, and answer questions.

  • Share mistakes

    Humbly share your mistakes and hard-earned lessons, helping others have a better build experience.

  • Already flying?

    Post photos, videos, and log your aircraft adventures to inspire other builders. Share maintenance tips, upgrades, and characteristics of your plane.

  • So much to see...

    Most of us would probably admit there's a lot of fun to be had seeing how other people set up their workshops and hangars, or their tool recommendations, and choices of upholstery and paint.

Browsing hangars and workshops
We Build Planes gives you an easy way to indulge your curiosity and tour others' workshops and hangars, and of course post your own.

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Join the We Build Planes community today!

Questions? Feedback?

Get in touch if you have any questions, comments, or other feedback.