I did a thing.

February 7, 2018

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(walks up…taps microphone…)

Hello? Are you there?

Remember me? I was building an RV-7 a few years ago.

Well, I’m back!!!

To make a very long story very short, back in 2013, I sold the RV-7 kit to a gentleman in North Carolina after reaching the conclusion that at my (then) current build rate, I would likely need a four-seater (RV-10?).

Well, after a smooth transaction, the family and I made 3 cross-country moves chasing fun Flight Test jobs around the country and finally settling somewhere in the midwest.

Standing in my large garage (ahem….airplane factory), I started dreaming about building again. On the exact same day, the gentlemen who bought my kit happened to post a FS: RV-7 thread on VAF. I didn’t really want to start a used kit, so I was thinking of a new set of preview plans, but I thought I’d investigate anyway.

Whoa, that’s my kit!

So, after a few more emails, and after figuring out that he hadn’t worked significantly on the kit, the wife (yes, girlfriend turned into fiance turned into wife) gave the nod and I purchased the kit back.

After months of getting the house sorted out, I flew out to North Carolina, rented a truck, and drove the kit back across the country over two very long days.

Side note: the RV-7 now has 0.1 air time. There was a hidden set of railroad tracks in Kentucky that caught be by surprise. I’m sure the truck was 8 feet in the air. (In reality, I’m sure it was only light on the wheels, but it was enough for me to stop, go in back, and inspect the kit.)

I was surprisingly sparse with the pictures, but I did take a few.

One of the truck with RV-7 kit inside:

16 foot truck somewhere in NC

One of the tiny storage unit I THOUGHT would hold the wings, but without the wings, because they DIDN’T FIT:

a 5×10 storage unit is about 3″ short of being able to hold RV-7 wings.

And poorly-taken picture of the wings in the garage.

Future aircraft factory…

Also, someone else reserved my N-number when I wasn’t looking.

  1. Immediate actions:
    1) Rename the build site.
    2) Convince a VAF moderator to change my username.
    3) Recommence building.

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SCBC in Salisbury, NC 2012 Edition

August 5, 2012

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Just like two years ago, I woke up early this morning and headed down, via car :-( , to the South Carolina Breakfast Club (SCBC) in Salisbury, NC.

Lots of airplanes, and a few RVs scattered here and there. have fun.

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Checklist and POH

November 8, 2011

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So I realize that I’m a little ahead of the game when it comes to checklists and POH, but I’ve been hot and heavy into them at work for my job, and I decided to try my hand at the RV-7 version.

They are obviously preliminary, but I wanted them to look nice, because I’m considering selling them. Not for the content (which would come from the builder/pilots), but for all the fancy formatting that I’m really perfectionist about.

Let me know what you think of these, and if you think anyone would buy a custom checklist/POH.

The finished POH. (Pages are half sheets; 8.5" by5.5")

A closeup of the tabs.

Sample of Section 4, Normal Procedures

Sample of Section 8, Airplane Handling, Service, and Maintenance. (I know I spelled Maintenance wrong, and yes, it says section 11. I told you it was preliminary.

Keep in mind with the checklists that these are painfully detailed. These describe all tasks. I could certainly make a condensed version with just the highlights.

The three checklists.

A closeup of the emergency checklist

I teach ALARMS to all my students in case of an engine failure while airborne.

A closeup of the passenger brief.

Let me know what you think!

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Château Morrisette

October 22, 2011

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Well, even though I haven’t been building over the last couple weeks, we have been having fun.

Today (which was actually before the post that just came out, sorry I know I got the posts backwards), the girlfriend and I hopped in the truck and started north.

A few years ago, we heard of a local (kind of) winery called Château Morrisette (yeah, I had to look that little “a” up…you type that thing by holding the alt key down and pushing 0226, when you let go a little â shows up!) I love being a nerd.

Anyway, Château (it’s so fun!! ââ) Morrisette has a dog theme, and everyone knows how much we like dogs. We also saw on the news that the leaves here are just past peak, and today’s going to be 65° (that one’s Alt-0176) out, severe clear blue skies.

Let’s go!

Driving north.

Ooh Pilot Mountain.

I can't remember where in VA we were at this point, but it's so pretty.

I'm pretty sure this is the Blue Ridge Parkway now.

This truck was going SOOOO SLOOOOW. (And we were okay with it, no rush, beautiful day.)

This is about an hour away. So pretty. There was some glare inside the car, so these pictures actually turned out better than it looked in real life.

Nice foliage.

A little mill on the side of the road. On the way back, there were a ton of people milling around (pun intended) taking pictures, etc.

I need a piece of property up here.

The next five or so pictures were crap, so the next one you get is us walking up to the restaurant.

Nice place.

The usual sign picture. (Why do I always do that?)

Apparently I do it with menus, too.

And winelists!

After lunch, we walked through the parking lot to the winery. What a great view from the parking lot.

Here's the winery.

There wasn’t really much going on other than a thousand people trying to taste wine. And by “taste,” I mean “when do we get to move on to those sweet wines?”

Really?

[snob on] I love that the east coast has started making wines, and I’m all for wineries using locally productive (sometimes sweeter) grapes for wine, but if you cater to the local tastes (sweet, sweet, sweet), then the more global palette will think you only make sweet wines. The family next to us actually said “when do we get to move on to those sweet wines? I can’t drink that dry stuff.” [snob off]

Oops, I just called them out and they're in this picture. Sorry!

Stop taking pictures of signs, Andrew.

Our favorite? This Cabernet Franc.

That dog kind of looks like Jack.

Nice cork.

Umm picture of a parking lot?

Our dog's rule, too.

Then, we headed back, and we took a ton of random pictures.

Past the peak, my butt. It's gorgeous.

TREE! (Nice picture, girlfriend.)

Seriously, I want some property up here.

Nice fence, too.

That grass is greener than mine.

Sigh. So pretty.

 

HALF A TREE!

Rolling countryside.

More beautiful foliage.

Finally starting to come down out of the mountains.

At least there's no one behind me.

We stopped at a little lookout on the way down.

These next few photos are the best of the trip.

I can see for miles...

There's pilot mountain in the distance.

...and miles...

...and miles...

MY FUTURE HOUSE!

Still pilot mountain.

Okay, after all those pictures, this one is kind of boring.

Andrew, stop taking pictures and get back to building the airplane. Next time, you can fly there, (but not home…not until the next day).

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Sugar Valley Airport (31A) Grand Reopening

October 8, 2011

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Well, today was the grand re-opening of the Sugar Valley Airport (31A) recently purchased and refinished.

They’ve got a paved runway, a 1000′ grass strip adjacent to the paved runway, and an almost 3000′ long lake that can be used as a seaport.

Sweet.

Without too much more commentary, I’d like to move on to the pictures. There’s a whole bunch of them…videos at the end.

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This was early in the day, just a few planes (there turned out to be 60 by the end of the day).

A few trikes on the hill.

Hey, I know that airplane.

An RV!

Wuhoo!

Someone I know...

Same here.

There were more airplanes on the ramp.

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A nice Cessna 140 for sale.

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Okay, also, throughout the day, I took some video.

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Emergency Retraction

July 26, 2011

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Well, apparently I was a little less than forthcoming yesterday on the amount of man-hours completed on the airplane yesterday.

There was a woman-hour (or at least a fraction of one).

See the interior scuffing on the wing walk skin?

That's all girlfriend.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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New Progress Charts

July 17, 2011

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Well. After more closely examining the progress charts I’ve been keeping up on the right side of the page, I figured out that the time-domain charts that google uses (in google charts) is NOT REALLY TIME DOMAIN!!!!

WHAT!?

So after a little engineering magic, I’ve now calculated (based on my last ten entries and last 100 rivets set), my expected completion date, and converted a series of points from date to percentage of that number. Google CAN plot things based on a normal non-time based x-axis, so now you can see the real shape of my progress in both regimes.

(Before, you were seeing how many hours or rivets for each additional entry. Now, you are seeing them in a time-domain represented by percent of expected completion.)

I’m assuming 2000 hours and 16,000 rivets. As I learn more (or blow through those numbers), I’ll update the targets and the charts should auto-update.

Also, as I speed up or slow down, the algorithms should auto-update the slopes of the lines. See how the rivets projection is pretty steep? That’s cause I set more than 100 rivets in the last 24 hours (post coming soon). While you won’t see the end date change (it would be depressing to see the absolute date), you will see the blue ticks climb the line.

It’s like watching grass grow.

Now. On to the pretty pictures.

Hours complete/remaining.

Rivets set/remaining.

I love being this nerdy.

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