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View Poll Results: How important was the existence of VAF in your decision to build an RV.
It was not a factor. 95 43.98%
It was a factor. 26 12.04%
It was a significant factor. 84 38.89%
It was the most important factor. 11 5.09%
Voters: 216. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-06-2017, 09:32 AM
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Exactly what Dan wrote except for a 3 year build.

EDIT: I was qualified to take the poll - got the bug in 2006, started the build in 2007, first flight in 2010.
RV-7 Tipup, Flying, I0-360,
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Old 12-06-2017, 12:17 PM
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Default This site is a big deal

Sellers should definitely consider promoting this site to potential buyers. I think it's capable of adding to the sales value of your aircraft.

I'm a third owner, and this site was incredibly useful when searching for and buying my used RV. But it's been even more useful when it comes to maintaining that RV.

I've searched for and bought a used homebuilt once before, and in my experience the range of expertise and info here compares very very favorably to what I've seen for other homebuilts.

Originally Posted by vic syracuse View Post
There's no doubt as to the contribution of this site, though, for both new builders, repeat builders, and buyers of AB aircraft.
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It is rare that I find someone who is building and is NOT aware of this site. The area that does "concern" me is that the 2nd and 3rd owner segment of AB aircraft tend to be unaware of it, as well as other sources of information.

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Old 12-06-2017, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by dlloyd3 View Post
Exactly what Dan wrote except for a 3 year build.
I too voted "not a factor" since I started before VAF, but Dan Checkoway was a major factor on my decision. VAF expanded on it.

Maybe, there should be another option in the poll, "not a factor, started build before VAF"
Dan "RoadRunner" Landry
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:23 PM
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Default Definitely a factor for me..

..I wanted to build an experimental plane, but one of the key reasons why I chose a Vans RV-10 for my mission (instead of a Bearhawk or Velocity) was because of the incredibly large community of support and instantaneous access to it through this site. Thanks Doug!
Mike Rettig
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:35 PM
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I didn't know it existed when I started my project but was introduced to it by a friend soon after, THANK GOD!!! My project would have never turned out as good or complete as it did without this site. I owe a lot to Doug and family for putting up with us.
Paul K
West Michigan

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Old 12-06-2017, 03:49 PM
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Default Minority opinion

I was a dyed in the wool certified tube and fabric guy for 30 years and considered home builts with skepticism. I started seeing fast RVís with heaters at the $100 hamburger gathering and found VAF. The quality of the dialogue and knowledge was obvious and I was sold. My two RVís are directly a result of VAF Forum.
Larry DeCamp
RV-3B flying
RV-4 fastback project in the shop
Clinton, IN
Old 12-06-2017, 07:13 PM
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Default Please read Post no 1 before voting.

Originally Posted by roadrunner20 View Post
I too voted "not a factor" since I started before VAF, but Dan Checkoway was a major factor on my decision. VAF expanded on it.

Maybe, there should be another option in the poll, "not a factor, started build before VAF"
The problem I have is that builders are not reading my Post no. 1 regarding voting qualifications. It says that the poll is not open to builders who commenced construction before January 2005.

This condition was specifically to avoid the problem of builders voting "It was not a factor" simply because they started building before came into existence.

It is obvious that VAF could not have exerted any influence before it even existed.

Anyway, you are right. I should have known that some voters would vote without reading the first post. Silly me. As you suggested I should have had the poll option: "Not a factor, started build before VAF".

At any rate I've modified Post no. 1 to further highlight the fact that the poll is not open to builders who commenced construction before January 2005.
Bob Barrow

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Old 12-07-2017, 06:14 AM
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Bob, some are repeat builders, having built both BEFORE and AFTER this site came into existence.

Vic Syracuse

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Old 12-07-2017, 08:00 AM
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Bob, when I clicked the poll on, did not see


The data is not accurate.
David Domeier
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The RV-8...Sold #83261

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Old 12-07-2017, 08:31 AM
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Modifying the first post should help, but people still read top to bottom. The poll still occurs above the instruction.
Ben Keen
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