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Benjamin Johnson
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#1 Posted: 4/29/2011 15:55:45

Does anyone know if it is possible to get aircraft parts and supplies for homebuilding in Thailand?  Are there places to buy these things there, or would they need to be purchased from a company in the states and shipped over?

Thanks



James Whitaker
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#2 Posted: 4/29/2011 16:18:17

Why would you want to build an American airplane from foriegn parts. Keep it American!!!

 

 

Jim



Benjamin Johnson
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#3 Posted: 4/29/2011 16:24:23

I'm all for American products when practical, but shipping lumber, steel, fabric, etc half way around the world would probably take any project completely out of my budget.



Benjamin Johnson
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#4 Posted: 4/29/2011 16:26:27

I should probably clarify...I'm speaking of working on the airplane while physically in Thailand, not trying to find Thai parts to ship back to the US.



James Whitaker
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#5 Posted: 4/29/2011 19:15:22

If your planning on comming back to the US, what do you suppose it will cost to ship your new airplane back? Just a thought.

Good Luck.



Dolpho Silva-Sadder
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#6 Posted: 5/6/2011 06:48:28

The question is perhaps too broad. What Parts or supplies?  Wood, raw metal, hardware, instruments, engines what? Do you intend to finish it  and test it there? The regs are different and pilot requirements are different.

Anyway, I suggest you start by contacting the local aero clubs around. Suggest you visit the Thai Aero Club's website and start there.  You made no mention of where you will be located, so clubs tend to vary (some airports allow ultralights etc operation while other don't or can't.  Local current regulations probably change based on locations (and things are kinda hot due to artillery border fighting with Cambodia).

 If you intend to fly, you will need to validate your license. If you intend just to build, then other posters have a point that it would be a financial burden to then export the completed unit out. It is not difficult to import/export non mil. aircraft parts in most of the world due to general tariff agreements. (See WTO).

On the other hand if you wind up in Phuket, congrats! If you need a test pilot or labor building help suggest you contact this fellow who is looking for a new career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIMigVo1pyA

have a good time and good luck!