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Old 06-28-2018, 07:21 AM
larrys larrys is offline
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Default I'm years out

Really exciting to see! Keeps the dream alive.
I think Steve's comment "respect" was well stated.
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RV-14 tail, QB Fuselage, Finish kit, QB wings and FF kit, Thunderbolt 390 (in line for delivery, someday), Hartzell C/S Blended Airfoil (delivered). Sill need to put it together... 90% left to go
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:21 AM
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Location: Powder Springs, GA
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Default Congrats!

Jared Solomon
A&P, EAA Technical Counselor

Powder Springs, GA
2019 Dues Paid
RV-14A (N214WJ) - Flying since Sept 2017
RV-7A (N211WJ) Flying since 2009 (SOLD)
RV-7A (N132RD) bought flying 2014 (SOLD)

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Old 06-28-2018, 08:27 AM
Jimbot Jimbot is online now
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Location: FL & NC
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Very cool - congratulations!

How many hours did it take you to build? Iím curious since I think you said you utilized the QB kits.
Jim Hall
2019 VAF Annual Dues Paid

Former President, EAA Chapter 309 - EAA 309

Founder, SUPERBIRD Aircraft Cleaning Products, featuring the SUPERBIRD Aircraft Paint Restoration System
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:47 AM
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How many hours did it take you to build?
It's really hard to say on the hours, but it was 14 months first rivet to first flight, best guess 20-25 hours per week on average, two people.

It helps to have that second person organizing, finding parts (and tools ) and bucking rivets.

Also, doing as much as possible in your shop/garage at home is the trick, those 2-3 hours of work in the evening really add up where otherwise you wouldn't be inclined to drive the the hangar.

Oh, and I don't even want to know what I've spent on next day and two-day shipping. There are many $10 parts we paid $20 to ship to avoid being held up for 3-4 days.
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Old 06-29-2018, 12:14 PM
AlexC AlexC is online now
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Oviedo, FL
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Congratulations on your first flight of a very nice RV-14A!

Btw, I placed an order for the RV-14A empennage kit on the same day as your first flight. Looking forward to joining you in the air ... in 3-5 years.
Alex C.
RV-14A: Empennage, Wings and Fuselage nearly complete; Finish kit ordered; Avionics in queue (SteinAir); Engine/Prop ordered
Dues paid
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Old 06-29-2018, 12:19 PM
tyconnell tyconnell is offline
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Location: Keller, TX
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Congratulations, sir!
Ty Connell
N997TL reserved
RV-9(A?) empennage in progress
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:05 PM
Reflex Reflex is offline
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Sincerest congrats!! I hope you'll continue to post updated information and to add your two cents on a regular basis. Enjoy reading your posts.

Dues Paid for 2020
Empennage Complete (including fiberglass)
Wings complete (including fiberglass)
Front half of fuse complete
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Old 07-02-2018, 05:01 PM
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Default Awesome!

That's how we do it Bill! Love the Firefly reference.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:28 AM
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Default RV 14 First Flight

Awesome Video.
Don Schwartz
RV 9-A
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:30 AM
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kbalch kbalch is offline
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Location: Clermont, FL
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There are few better feelings in aviation than the sense of pride and accomplishment one enjoys following the successful first flight of a homebuilt.

I remember that feeling well from the first flight of my -8 in 2002 and am looking forward to earning it again when I fly my -14A - hopefully late next year.

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RV-14A N114KB (#140494)
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