He tossed the greasy liquid to the ground and from the well, near the large, home-built
barn, refilled the make-shift basin.
Home-built aircraft like the Questair Venture involved in a fatal midair collision Monday have been rapidly growing in popularity in recent years, according to flying enthusiasts.
About 22,000 home-built aircraft are currently flying in the United States, he added.
There's higher technology being used in home-built experimental planes these days than current manufacturers are using in their GA (general aviation) fleet,'' said George Petterson, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.
A home-built airplane crashed amid cloudiness and light rain Friday morning, killing the pilot and scattering wreckage for 150 yards across the desert.
Described as a single-engine home-built Lancair 235, the plane disintegrated as it hit the ground and skidded across the desert, scattering parts and crumpled bits of wreckage across the sagebrush.
The Burt Rutan-designed home-built aircraft that singer John Denver flew to his death was a popular model, despite 61 accidents - including 19 fatalities - between 1983 and 1996.
It's extremely efficient,'' said Wayne Wright, a Long-EZ pilot who maintains the Internet Web site of Canard Aviators, a group of home-built aircraft enthusiasts.
The two Simi Valley men are recovering from injuries suffered when the home-built Lanceair plane piloted by Richards crash-landed about 4:45 p.
Photo: A home-built Lanceair plane clipped several trees be fore landing upside down near Camarillo on Tuesday.
Sleek home-built airplanes in the highly competitive Formula One class will roar around a three-mile-oval course at speeds topping 260 mph in three days of races expected to draw 20,000 to 30,000 spectators.
In addition to the races, there will be experimental aircraft on display, radio-controlled airplane demonstrations, sailplane demonstrations, and a race among six Long EZs, home-built aircraft built to a design by Burt Rutan, the man who designed the Voyager aircraft that flew around the world on one tank of gas.