Hi all, new member here..
For a long time now, it's been my dream to build and fly an aircraft across the united states. I have never built a kit before and I was wondering if anyone could provide suggestions for a good first-time builder that would be a wise choice for such a long stretch. I originally wanted to use a motor-glider for this purpose but at $60k base, the price tag for the ones I have seen is too steep. While not a requirement, i'd like the aircraft to be 2-place tandem dual flight control with an enclosed cockpit, some cargo space and as optimal range and glide characteristics as I can manage.
My current thinking leads me to the Quad City Challenger as a first choice, and its been recommended to me as a new builder, but i'm wondering if there are any better options? I like the Challenger's design and prolific status in the U.S. which would lead me to think that If I needed any parts or support along the way I could get it.
I also looked at a Minimax Eros, but I honestly don't know much about them at all, ive never seen one or flown one.
If anyone can give me some good advice for this ambitious venture, please dont hesitate.