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dave4754 02-12-2018 05:18 PM

Getting closer
Just hooked up the wiring and thanks to DR here my RV 7 made the front page, the panel is lit up and the radio is working great.

The seats are done, the engine is hung with sensors and fuel lines to install. The cowling is complete needing paint and the wheels and canopy are on and done.

Wings are half done awaiting final wiring

After that one finds all the parts from every nook and cranny in the garage and Presto we should be looking at first flight by Sept.

I work away from home so it takes awhile.!Apov9vtfo19vzSqx9qApgVx6r8fR


mgomez 03-12-2018 10:04 PM

How to ship a project?
Hi, folks,

Iím moving my project from a storage unit in Virginia to my garage in California. Itís at roughly the Quickbuild stage. I installed a lot of stuff in the wings and fuselage, and have a few more boxes of parts, but it looks a lot like a QB kit with a completed empennage. The tools are already in California.

Any suggestions on how to get it safely across the country? Iíll rent a Uhaul as a last resort. And none of my cars are in Virginia...theyíre all in California already, so using them to tow is an upleasant option.

Thank you in advance,

sahrens 03-13-2018 08:04 AM

Trucking company
I used Partain Trucking for movement of mine. They are an advertiser here on VAF. I haven't used them in several years, but it is a least a place to start. Other folks may know of similar companies that will move aircraft components.

KatanaPilot 03-16-2018 06:06 PM

First Flight!
First flight of RV-7A S/N 74594 temporary tail number N859DF from Mallard's Landing (GA04) this afternoon.

Flew about 45 minutes, ran engine hard, then performed clean and dirty 1G stalls and back for a landing.

CHT's with Bill Lane's excellent plenum were better than expected with a new engine. Oil temp rock steady at 180.

A few minor squawks but overall very satisfied with the performance of the airplane. Now on to the rest of Phase I...

papamike 04-05-2018 08:33 PM

A new engine in Plano!
After an amazing trip to Kamloops, BC a few weeks ago, I got my engine installed today!

Builders Log posts:

The build at AeroSport:



Had a lot of great help and support!

Maxrate 04-23-2018 01:15 PM

Wings to fuselage
After 5 moves 9 years and two kids I hit a big mile stone this week. a friend and I built a fuselage cradle for transporting the fuselage to a friends hangar to mate the wings to the fuselage. I have been impressed with this kit how everything lines up and fits with very little effort. We installed the wings and the first time there was only 1/4" forward sweep on both wings. The incidence had only 2 tenths twist between the root and tip. Very negligible. I was able to step drill up to the number 5 bolt. Three days of very rewarding progress with some old friends. Here are pics and a builders link.

flytoday 04-23-2018 10:19 PM


Originally Posted by Maxrate (Post 1255055)
After 5 moves 9 years and two kids I hit a big mile stone this week. a friend and I built a fuselage cradle for transporting the fuselage to a friends hangar to mate the wings to the fuselage.

Congratulations Mark! Great milestone...


fcordrey 05-12-2018 08:04 PM

RV7 wing progress
I have been working along on my wings for some time now and today they came off the stands. They are safely in the wing cradle and the stands were taken up. My dad came up and helped my over the last couple days to get the top skins on and I had the Aileron brackets complete so we installed them as well.

Skins ready to be riveted.

http://20180426_172442 by , on Flickr

And Left wing is done!

http://20180510_151820 by , on Flickr

Then we finished the right wing.

http://20180512_103158 by , on Flickr

In the cradle.
http://20180512_144448 by , on Flickr

http://20180512_163158 by , on Flickr

Feels great to get this step done. I really need to get busy and finish the wing kit. My fuselage is supposed to be here this week! Good times.

pazmanyflyer 08-02-2018 05:18 PM

Up they go
Bought a new house and moved the RV7 project over. Downsized from 4 bedroom to 3 so I had to put them somewhere! 9 ft ceilings - 2-3" top and 6-9" below for door clearance.

MeAndMyToys 08-17-2018 02:09 AM

Getting closer
Starting to feel like I'm getting close.

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