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Old 04-08-2013, 08:33 AM
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LOL-----I guess I need a booster seat and pedal extensions!!!

yep---planning on sitting in it at SNF--------just to see.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:13 PM
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Not being too personal I hope, but what size fella would ye be?
Hoping to work out the scale, so to speak.
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John:

I'm 5' 10", 160 pounds. I'd probably raise the seat a little if I were building, but very impressed with the visibility all around.

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Old 04-08-2013, 02:16 PM
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Anyone know when the tailwheel version is due out?
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:24 PM
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Hey Chris........I was wondering what modifications, parts, or jigs u made to or for the -14 while it was sitting there at 52F and no one was looking???
Well I kept thinking, "Hmmm, the tailwheel is in the wrong place. Gotta fix that."

I'm also working on an arm extension mod so I can just reach up and grab the center canopy latch -- it's sure a long ways away when you're seated. I think the Canadians built one for the space station I could modify. Should be about right.

Most of the other modifications involved my wallet, as I see it getting thinner if I decide to build one of these.

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Old 04-08-2013, 02:30 PM
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Anyone know when the tailwheel version is due out?
Per Joe Blank who I spoke with at 52F on Saturday, they are working on it now and about to test the design. Apparently, Van's has to build a full fuselage mockup to perform drop tests. That effort has consumed a lot of time but is making progress. If I heard correctly from Joe, the tailwheel version will have the tubular gear ala RV-6, -7 etc. and not the flat steel gear used on the -8 and the tri-gear -14. So additional design changes are still in the works to incorporate all that.

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Old 04-08-2013, 09:40 PM
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Per Joe Blank who I spoke with at 52F on Saturday, they are working on it now and about to test the design. Apparently, Van's has to build a full fuselage mockup to perform drop tests. That effort has consumed a lot of time but is making progress. If I heard correctly from Joe, the tailwheel version will have the tubular gear ala RV-6, -7 etc. and not the flat steel gear used on the -8 and the tri-gear -14. So additional design changes are still in the works to incorporate all that.

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Chris,

The taper rod (Whitman style) gearleg design is not tubular, but rather a solid rod gear leg. There is a lot of testing going on with the -14 in a number of different areas that I can't really discuss. Suffice to say, the TW version is being worked on and the testing is being done in a very thorough and detailed manner. Just like the RV-12 development path, we need to give the engineering team the time and space to get it done. It'll be ready when it's right...

I think folks will really enjoy this aircraft for the particular role that it fills. I can't say enough good things about the model, it's utility, and the handling and performance numbers. You will absolutley love it!
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:10 PM
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The taper rod (Whitman style) gearleg design is not tubular, but rather a solid rod gear leg. There is a lot of testing going on with the -14 in a number of different areas that I can't really discuss. Suffice to say, the TW version is being worked on and the testing is being done in a very thorough and detailed manner. Just like the RV-12 development path, we need to give the engineering team the time and space to get it done. It'll be ready when it's right...

I think folks will really enjoy this aircraft for the particular role that it fills. I can't say enough good things about the model, it's utility, and the handling and performance numbers. You will absolutley love it!
Thanks Joe for setting me straight on the gear (I learned something today) and for adding some helpful information for readers. I enjoyed seeing you again. Enjoy Florida.

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:11 PM
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I hate to correct Joe on his spelling, but hopefully in this case he will understand. It is "Wittman", after Steve Wittman the designer, race pilot, and aviation pioneer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wittman
Thanks for the correction... There was a loose nut on the keyboard...
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:24 PM
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Thanks for the correction... There was a loose nut on the keyboard...
Sounds like a new call sign to me....... Loose Nut

(on second thought... )
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