Status Report: #1
Here we go, the first actual status of the project.
For who is asking: yes we plan to have a full
autonomic blog and already checking several
templates. Any advise here will be appreciated!
But the main focus is now on the things listed bellow.
Anyway I think it will be great to continue with* brief
updates here even after we will takeoff on the
We are building RV14a. No quick shortcuts, all the
fun is in touching each rivet of the bird so that is what
is going to happen. The engine is standard
recommendation by Vans: Lycoming IO-390. The prop
is: Hartzell 74'' The avionics: from what we study so far
Dynon IFR RV-14 quick panel will do the work. It's not
cheap but hey it is so well organized so no doubt we are
not going to cook anything better on our first construction.
We decided not to focus on electronic wires this time and
let pros to help us here. If you guys have any piece of
advice for us here please speak up!
Priming: yes - we are on the Mediterranean beaches,
with monsterous humidity most of the time. We already
have done some minor research and starting to talk with
local vendors. More news in the next updates.
We are taking break from our professional life and focusing
on the RV exclusively over the next months.
Actually we plan to have no more than 18 months.
That is our budget and we will be totally focused on
the project to stay in the boundaries. On 2020 July
I will turn 40y old. I want to have that bird flying till
So what do we have so far?
We already ordered the 5 basic kits
This 5 is as most of you know the all actual plane,
except the engine, the prop, the fancy leather and
the avionics. Acording Vans & shipping guys the
package will land in our garage some time at the
end of August. That is when we start to count our
18 lunas. We didn't order any extra components,
so if we should please give us piece of advice.
Actually 4 of them 2 toolboxes and 2 small aero-profiles.
We plan to study any possible nuance of that material.
That is why we are not only constructing it by the plan
but also planning to test our prime and study what will
be the best color to use on the final plane. We even have
special plan for a totally original painting scheme, but
will keep the secret for a while - untill we are ensured it
is doable on that metal.
To start scratching the aluminium we ordered some
tools. Most of the ideas is from Vans official
recommendations and the blogs you are posting.
That is the best source so far. Here is the full list,
feel free to leave any comment on that:
Cleveland aircraft tools and Aircraft-tools.com:
16' Back Rivet Plate
COUNTERSINK CAGE & CUTTER KIT
6" Cobalt Drill #30
12" Cobalt Drill #30
1/8" Wedge-Loc Fastener 25/bag..x4
1" Cleko Clamp* .. x10
Edge Forming Tool
3M Riveters Tape
Back Rivet Tape
Rivet Tape Dispenser
PNEUMATIC "C" SQUEEZER KIT
SQUEEZER YOKE (2-1/2")
SQUEEZER YOKE (3-7/8")
CLECO PACK, 25 PIECES 3/32" .. x4
ATS PRO 2X RIVET GUN
SWIVEL FLUSH RIVET SET
STEEL BUCKING BAR SET (4 PIECES)
CLECO PLIERS (HEAVY DUTY) .. x2
SHOP HEAD RIVET GAUGE SET .. x2
ATS 90 DEGREE ANGLE AIR DRILL
COBALT DRILL BIT PACK #40 (6 EA) .. x2
AUTOMATIC CENTER PUNCH
SPEED DEBURRING TOOL (8")
STUBBY DEBURRING TOOL
SHAVIV® HEAVY DUTY DEBURRING TOOL
SWIVEL BLIND RIVETER
AVIATION SNIPS (SET OF 3)
Compressor + pressure line accessories
Raspirators , masks , gloves...
Paint spray gun
Electric drill / screwdriver
Pliers, wrench sets , torque wrench , caliper , drill bits , screwdriver bits , files.
We didn't order the full set of tools but just
those which will help us to accomplish the
training kits. I guess we will be much smarter
once finishing those and will make 2nd
delivery for the rest of them.
That is probably the tricky one. We don't have much
inexpensive space here in Israel so we are trying to
compromise by starting the project in a smaller place
than would be desired.
That is the biggest challenge for now to turn that small
shi**tty garage into a professional aero-lab. The challendge is accepted.
The lucky moment is that the garage is near JFK
...hmm ...hmm probably not, it is the ICAO:LLIB a small
field north of Israel - not that active and good enough
for our test take offs. Any of you wish to fly in - the
beer is on me.
The last one but maybe the most important: we dig
the web for the information. First of all it is great
fun to read how people are building a real plane in
theirs back yard. It sounds crazy almost like
constructing an elevator to the moon using a plier
and a screw driver. But in our case those birds are
actually flying at the end which makes the whole
thing much more magical.
So what are we looking for? The answer is: everything!
Any info about tools, work processes, tips and tricks
and workspace arrangements. We read probably 50-60
blogs so far and that is the best university I could
have. That is so much fun so I am seriously consider
to start writing blog reviews spreading Michelin
stars to the best sheffs. Well probably leave that idea
in favour of finally starting our own blog.
Ahh yeah got the digital version of the instructions
from Vans, helps to spend time in the throne room.
Guys, we are mega excited, we know that we are amatures but all the info is out there, and we have
all the motivation to catch up and the most important:
we enjoy every moment doing that. Like my good friend
says: "Remember: Noah's Ark was built by one amateur, the Titanic by a bunch of professionals."
So don't hesitate to give us peace of advice or just
troll us for anything we say or post. Happy to be part
of such great community of so many tallented individuals.
Roman & Dima