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Old 02-08-2019, 12:04 PM
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Default Classic Aero RV-14 Side Panel Pictures

Hello RV-14 Builders,

I'm sorry this has taken longer than I expected it would. I've lost count of the number of major design changes we've made, and there still may be a few tweaks before it's said and done. That said, these pictures should represent the final design for the most part.

If you have questions about the side panels that others might benefit from, please ask here rather than calling, and I'll try to keep tabs on this thread. I'll also start off by answering a few questions here too:
  • We are starting out with "Cabin Area" side panels for now (that is what these pictures show). Full baggage panels will be available. Timing to be determined as we get further along shipping these.
  • We are still working out pricing. All of the information for the cabin area side panels should be on our website sometime next week. We won't be taking any orders until then.
  • Other products for the RV-14 will include Glareshield trim, and a much more basic side panel package for those that like the more spartan look. Timing to be determined further down the road.
  • The hidden canopy latch mechanism is a custom design to work with our side panels. It is retrofitable. The handle will be anodized aluminum (the mockup is a painted 3D printed part).
  • The lighter area near the top is the painted structure. All other areas are covered in our standard upholstery materials so that they match our seats. Colors can be arranged to your preference.
  • Headset jacks are in the stock location.
  • Based on past experience, we have used 2024 T3 Aluminum for the structure. This reduces weight (we will have final weight numbers when production parts are ready), increases durability, and aids adhesion. The only molded plastic part is the air vent trim.
  • With a few very small exceptions, there are no visible fasteners.
  • The black trim below the latch is machined aluminum.

Comments and constructive feedback are welcome. These have been a long time coming. They may look fairly simple to the casual observer, but hundreds of hours of design and prototyping went into these. Hope you all like them

Here are the pictures:

Pilot Side


Side View


Armrest Area Close-up


Air Vent Trim


Forward Pockets (wallet and cell phone)


Armrest Storage Area (note: only a small water bottle will fit)


Spar Bulkhead Area
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:28 PM
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Nice quality design. I would think they will sell well.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:04 PM
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Those look great..... now only if you'd jump back into the RV-10 interiors business
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:27 PM
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These look amazing ! Great job👍
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Spectacular!
Will the side panel fit with the JDAir latch?
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:55 PM
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Will the side panel fit with the JDAir latch?
Thanks Kevin. I wouldn't say it's impossible, but probably unlikely. Quite a few parts would have to be redesigned (including the JDAir latch) to make it work. We are planning a more basic RV-14 side panel package that would accept the JDAir latch with no problem though.
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:36 PM
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It took a while but the result is absolutely beautiful, NICE job.
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Thanks Kevin. I wouldn't say it's impossible...
Luke -- I absolutely love the seats you made for me. I asked in May of 2017 if you would ever make a glareshield trim, or side panels for an RV-8. It was told it's on the future list, but it's a long list.

Is it coming any closer to becoming reality? This post makes me so jealous!
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Old 02-09-2019, 12:06 PM
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Luke -- I absolutely love the seats you made for me. I asked in May of 2017 if you would ever make a glareshield trim, or side panels for an RV-8. It was told it's on the future list, but it's a long list.

Is it coming any closer to becoming reality? This post makes me so jealous!
Hi Chuck,

I'm sorry that we still don't have RV-8 side panels and glareshield trim. We do get some requests for the glareshield trim, but not many for side panels. Now that we have some new equipment to do our own CNC sheet metal cutting and forming maybe we can squeeze one or both of those projects in somewhere in the not too distant future.

If you want to give me a call, I'd be happy to give a more detailed picture of where we're at with our current list of projects.

Best regards,
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Hello Luke,
Would it be possible to label the canopy handle with an Open-Closed label. If there is no room could it be stiched into the panel just above/below the handle or engraved on the black aluminum trim ring.

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