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Empennage – Ordered

Well I’ve done it…  Empennage Kit has been ordered. If you were like me and had no idea what an “empennage” was, it’s what I colloquially call the tail section.  The Vans website says this sub-kit contains: Empennage Kit All skins pre-cut, bent and rolled. RV-7/7A, RV-8/8A, and RV-9A skins are pre-punched for all rivet holes. … Continue reading

Air navigation apps for iPad

Thought I’d play around with Air Nav Pro using my iPad this morning.  The train cruises at 70 knots.  Who knew?

Tidy Up

Spent a few hours over the weekend tidying up the shed and getting my tools sorted. Looks a bit better now.

First experience in an RV

Had the privilege to get a ride in a beautiful RV6 this morning. Built by Andrew Tainsh after about 3,500 hours. 2000+ fpm, 150kt cruise. Simply AMAZING!!!

My future work area

Thought I’d take a photo of the future build area.  Hmm … might have to get my two trusty assistants to help me clear some space!

RV-7 Preview Plans and Vans Info Pack have arrived!

Returned from holidays and a Fedex box arrived containing the RV-7 preview plans and the Van’s Aircraft information pack.  Guess who’s going to be up late pouring over these tonight?

Another blog is born

I needed a blog to document my journey in building an RV-7.  I have found other builder’s blogs to be a valuable source of information in my research and knowledge gathering.  I hope that this blog will also end up containing some useful info for others to use. I have never had a blog before. … Continue reading

Wings – yet to start

I’ll update this section when I start work in this area.  

Painting – yet to start

I’ll update this section when I start work in this area.

Fuselage – yet to start

I’ll update this section when I start work in this area.