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Old 08-20-2019, 02:03 AM
Earl Findlay Earl Findlay is offline
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Default Earl and Hal's RV-14

I ordered an RV-14 kit in Oshkosh, and I while nervously await the arrival, I began asking myself just how the heck I was going to build this thing, given my fairly limited experience building anything. I am a retired engineer, so bookwork wise, I get it, but putting it into practice, I doubted myself.

By a stroke of luck, I was introduced to a retired corporate jet director of maintenance who just purchased a home in my community. Well, Hal has always wanted to build an airplane, but couldn't outlay the money. Me? I can outlay the money but I am not sure I can build it. Haha. So we have formed a strategic partnership, in exchange for 25% equity in the kit, Hal will guide me through the build, using his 40+ years of airplane maintenance experience.

Our first kit should be shipping any day now, and we hope to have the airplane flying by Sept 1 2021. We each can devote at least 40 hours per week into this, so if we can stay on track and I don't louse up the project too badly, with a bit of luck in two years, I'll be posting our first flight info!

Stay tuned to follow along a hopeless builders adventure towards having something that flies within about two years! Oh, and wish us luck.
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:00 AM
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kentlik kentlik is offline
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Well, that is a fortuitous meeting for both of you! Good Luck and God's speed!
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:06 AM
Canadian_JOY Canadian_JOY is offline
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As a guy who came from the world of certificated aircraft maintenance I will suggest that Hal may need some re-education. In the certified world you are maintaining an existing aircraft, the design of which is cast in stone, documented in maintenance manuals and parts catalogs.

It's a MAJOR paradigm shift to move to BUILDING an airplane rather than maintaining one that's already built. It's also a major shift to have to figure out how to build the airplane, how to configure it, how to provision it for all the little bits and pieces that will have to be installed.

You no doubt have chosen the right airplane for this pairing, given the high degree of preparedness that exists in the RV14 kit. Still, you will have to convince Hal to accept that a homebuilt airplane is not a corporate jet. Failure to do so will likely yield an over-built, over-weight airplane. Don't hesitate to reach out to those in your area who have RV experience as they are a valuable resource.

Best of luck in your build - it's at first a formidable task, one that ultimately yields supremely rewarding results.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:42 AM
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kiljoy kiljoy is offline
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40 hours a week of build time?! I'm so jealous! I'll be happy when I squeeze out 8.

You're going to have a blast. The 14 goes together seamlessly. A monkey in a diaper (meaning me) can put one together.
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