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Old 02-22-2018, 12:17 PM
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Default RV-14A versus RV-9A

I have an RV-9A that my wife and I built.

I love the airplane. April 30th will be three years since I completed it, and I have about 350 hours on it so far. It is a great IFR plane, great cross country plane, etc.

I want to build an RV-14A. My wife thinks I'm crazy (I'm also supervising, through Tango Flight three RV-12 builds right now), and she is likely correct.

Should I seriously think about it, or not? I'd like a faster/bigger plane, but mostly I just think I'd like to build another airplane.

Thoughts/Opinions?

-Dan
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:14 PM
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The 14 is a really wonderful kit to build, and the airplane is a joy to fly. Yes, I am the Van’s East Coast Rep but I get nothing for convincing you to build one. ��.

If you have an opportunity to get near Atlanta come and see me and we can go fly it.

Vic
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:31 PM
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The 14 is a really wonderful kit to build, and the airplane is a joy to fly. Yes, I am the Vanís East Coast Rep but I get nothing for convincing you to build one. ��.

If you have an opportunity to get near Atlanta come and see me and we can go fly it.

Vic
What I really need you to do is convince my wife . Maybe I talk her into coming as well....

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Old 02-22-2018, 01:51 PM
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Another option - build an RV-10 instead.
The RV-10 is, in my opinion, Van's best airplane, a real no brainer option. All in, and RV-10 project is not much more expensive than the RV-14, but does so much more. My experience is the RV-10 is a little faster than the RV-14 as well. My economical LOP cruise was ~171 knots at 11.5gph flying low, and down to ~9.5gph at 14K+.

The RV-10 is also a much easier sell to the boss (I did it, so can you).

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Old 02-22-2018, 02:35 PM
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What I really need you to do is convince my wife . Maybe I talk her into coming as well....

-Dan

My wife has convinced more wives than I have, including 2 the last month. So do bring her!
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Old 02-22-2018, 02:40 PM
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I had a real nice 7A that was also very trouble free. We traveled with it and enjoyed it tremendously. I end up selling it and regret that decision very much. I then decided to build a 14A, it has been absolutely a Joy to build and it is coming along really well. It will be more $$$ for the fuel but I have a bit more space.
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Old 02-22-2018, 02:48 PM
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Have your wife sit in a 14, if the extra room doesn't sell it, and it might not, nothing will.

Since you already have a 9 the marginal gains might be hard to justify to her. Maybe better to go the 10 route.

I was looking to build a 9 just before the 14 came out. Once my wife sat in the 14 she was all thumbs up for the 14 over the 9. If we already had a 9 she would have given me the stink-eye.

I had already built a Sonex but she understood that it could not fulfill the mission of a 9 or 14. Now that we have been traveling in the 14, she is not interested in discussing another build. Me building two airplanes was her limit.
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:35 PM
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I guess there is a case for having a wife that doesn't like to fly!
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:02 PM
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All in, and RV-10 project is not much more expensive than the RV-14, but does so much more.
All other things being equal (like avionics), the RV-10 standard build airframe kits add up to about $13K more than the RV-14, and the IO-540 is $14K more than a 390. By the time you add up other things like upholstery, primer & paint, etc you are probably looking at $30K more to build a comparable RV-10. For some people that's 'not much more expensive' but for others it's a deal breaker...and the operating costs on the -10 are higher too (fuel and insurance).

The -10 will also take longer to build, and it has a different mission than the -14...two more seats and greater useful load are nice if that's what you're looking for, but the -14 offers acro capabilities, bubble canopy, and more nimble handling than the -10.

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My experience is the RV-10 is a little faster than the RV-14 as well.
Sadly this appears to be true, at least comparing the -10 to the -14A. But look on the bright side, the OP will be able to go a bit faster in a -14A than he did in his -9A while burning a lot more fuel
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:09 PM
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Unless you need 4 seats, you would be hard pressed not to love the RV14. Every time MJ comes back from a flight she gushes how much she is in love with her new toy. I feel pretty much the same way and that's after owning 3 RV6's. Myra's next adventure is getting acro training. Can't do that in a 10.
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