Thanks, GaPL, and BShaef. I've been reading the EAA sight and have friends of friends who have built planes. Right now, I'm building a boat (just a small one) but it's taking longer than it ought (perhaps because I have two young children at home).
Anyway, my thought is to build something with either an open cockpit, or a very slow stall speed and short take off roll. The idea would be to land on a tiny little piece of ground near a home out in the country. I want to fly to have fun, not because I have to.
BTW-Recent Saudi instability is making the news. Should make domestic energy supplies move valuable.
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Well, if there is one thing I have learned in my years of trading.....look for the spike in short interest vs natural gas pricing. There is almost 100% correlation to a growing number of open interest short contracts signalling a gas move to a higher price is about to occur. Likewise, a growing short-base for IFNY is probably signalling a contrarian move upwards is about to begin.....spikes in short interest are almost always a good time to buy. All IMHO.
The fly in convention that your engineer friend goes to is called: The EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI in July. Its located just off of highway 41, south of Oshkosh. You can see it from the highway. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA for short) in the largest fly-in in the world. You should see these planes flying overhead, there beautiful, but loud.
I have a petroleum engineer friend in Tulsa who built and maintains his own airplane. He goes to the fly in convention every year somewhere in Wisconsin. He spends a lot of time on his plane. He gets a lot of satisfaction working on that plane.