✈ RV-14a _ Roman & Dima _ - Israel ✈
Introduction:Hello to all of you - mighty airplane builders,
Today we are happy to add our progress thread
to the community forum.
So who are we?
We are two best friends since 8th grade which
makes it 25 years already (...daaa***mn we
are old!!!) and we decided to make this awesome
dream to come true.
Roman - I am a retired soft developer
and studying pilot, for that moment I have only 13
hours of Cessna 152. I hope to have my license
before the construction is done. I am huge fan of
Vans and avionics enthusiast.
Dima - A guy who is super excited
about constructing things. A GE ex-engineer (yes,
we have a local branch). Dima decided to put his
day job on hold for some months and dedicate
next months exclusively to the project.
18 months is the timeframe we are planning to have
the plane flying. Some will say it is optimistics for
first time builders. But we are super determined to
prove it's doable.
I think it is the first project to give a full progress
report from Israel (maybe not the only builder here,
but the only one to report here) and even though
we feel very distant from the community we are
virtually very attached. We are reading dozens of
blogs and studying from all of you so much so
sometimes it feels like we know all and each of you
The big dream for us is one day to take off from
Israel on our self-constructed RV14a to cross the
ocean and land on one of the events you guys are
organizing in U.S. Yes it is possible, the navigation
path was already planned, and what left is just to
build the plane.
Guys, please give us some spiritual support. I hope
to shake hands with all of you very soon!
P.S: Will post our first actual status update in a day or two.
Roman & Dima
distances and really that should be doable.
Probably we will add extra tank for part of
the baggage space. It will extend the range
up to 1800 km (~1120 miles).
Thanks for the help.
Roman and Dima: Welcome to the RV-14A world. Will you be doing a blog or online build log? If so be sure to share link with other VAF'ers so we can follow your work - it's a great way for all of us to learn and get better.
18months is very optimistic but do-able: the biggest challenge I think you'll find is getting parts in time to keep things moving when you make mistakes and have to re-order (trust me it will happen). If I had long shipping times I'd order extras of some items like standard AN bolts/nuts/washers, rivets of all common sizes, etc. You may also want to alter your production planning to consider how to keep things moving when you have waits related to replacement parts shipping. As an example - if a section is delayed waiting for a replacement part you can look ahead into the next section and start prepping/deburring/dimpling/priming parts for upcoming sections. (if you're priming - probably not truly necessary in your part of the world unless you're right on the ocean - of course Van's advises priming certain parts)
Nice to have you here guys. Welcome! Good plan you have with realistic build time frame. Please keep us informed about the project.
PS: A twin piper navajo will be launching eastbound from your woods to the same destination you are planning. In 5 weeks or so. Via Russia with an Israeli RV owner on board, they will be returning via Iceland. A good source of info. :)
Roman & Dima!
I'll be visiting Israel in October to visit with family, and I'd be interested in stopping by if it's convenient. Where is your project located?
My RV-8 has been flying for 15 years now, so the avionics have changed dramatically, but not the squeezing of rivets!
Keep at it...it's worth every minute!
We are working in Karmiel area it's north of Israel
maybe 1.5h from Tel Aviv. The beers is on me.
Zdarova Vlad, I think two engines will be much safer. Anyway I am planning small leaps for the first time: maybe 500-800 km (300-500 miles).
By the way I am happy for any introduction to guys
in Israel that are in that game. We can be much
I am on roman.mandeleil /on/ gmail
total log - it is a second priority for now cause
the actual planning and ordering is the 1st
one, but yeah I am browsing for good blog
templates from time to time. Any
recommendations here are welcome.
Priming for sure: we are on the Mediterranean,
that's not an ocean but that sea can kill any
plane in 3 years.
Thanks Turner, for sure going
to use that list.
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