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rv6ejguy 04-15-2021 11:12 AM

Barry has devoted a lot of time lately to new software destined for the EM-6. He knocked down one of the major projects on that front yesterday and will start on the last major software project next week. That could take 2-4 months depending on our workload here.

After that, it's on to an improved variation of closed loop control we flight tested in an RV-10 back in 2008 so we're hoping that project won't take too long. This will apply mainly to operation on unleaded fuels- Mogas, Swift or the 100LL replacement in the future.

Our present order backlog has now stretched out to around 6 weeks for full systems. Most smaller and parts orders can go out within 1-2 weeks. This is the busiest we've ever been in 27 years. As a result, I'll be taking the occasional Wednesday off starting in May to avoid burnout. I still usually work one of the weekend days but the phone is off that day to maximize productivity.

Thanks to all the folks choosing SDS and thanks for your patience with these longer lead times.

There must be a lot of people building RV-10s as those now represent about 75% of our RV system orders! 04-15-2021 06:09 PM

Back orders
Yo Ross
about your 3-4 week situation. DO not sweat it. sounds about normal.
I want to buy another John Deere tractor. 40 horse power or so.
Oh guess what? If I pay for it now (firm order) I will get it in about 3-4 months.
WHAT???? Yup that's right. Maybe 5.
Oh wait there is one in South Dakota, But, they won't let us have it. I'm in Washington.
Enjoy life while you are lookin at the daffodils from the top side. Art

rv6ejguy 04-15-2021 08:38 PM

I can't sweat it any more, it's just a fact of life now. When orders triple over a period of 6 months or so, it becomes impossible to produce that many kits on the same timeline while retaining QC and customer service levels as before.

Lycoming is at 6 months for an engine, Van's maybe over a year for some kits, Stein, 6+ months from what people tell me.

I don't think anyone can doubt how successful Van's is and their success drives the success of many other businesses like us who supply other bits down the line. I have to thank Van's for creating such demand for our products. :)

rv6ejguy 04-19-2021 02:57 PM

Both phone and internet were down all day. Hopefully back up tomorrow...

mike newall 04-19-2021 03:16 PM


Originally Posted by rv6ejguy (Post 1518203)

Thanks to all the folks choosing SDS and thanks for your patience with these longer lead times.

There must be a lot of people building RV-10s as those now represent about 75% of our RV system orders!


We are trying our best in Old Blighty to actually be the first on an RV10.

Thanks for the info and all the feedback from Les.

By 2025, we should be good to go ;)

rv6ejguy 04-29-2021 11:06 AM

We're having some difficulties getting some parts from Superior which will delay flywheel shipments.

Also, just received word that our main anodizer will do a shop move and be closed from May 6 to May 16. That may impact some deliveries as well.

rv6ejguy 06-23-2021 02:26 PM

So far, most of our vendors have been able to keep supplying us with minimal delays or we've found alternate ones.

As of today, our order backlog sits at 6-8 weeks on EM-5 and CPI-2 kits.

CPIs can usually ship in 2-4 weeks.

CNC parts can usually ship in 1-2 weeks, depending on how busy the anodizer is. In stock things like flange kits usually ship in less than a week.

Our production workers are putting in many more hours now and we have new UV curing equipment to speed up that process on conformal coatings which are hand applied to some PCBs.

As always, we continue to refine and improve parts and software based on customer feedback and we'll be making some more information available soon to help customers understand the systems better and make installations faster.

Work continues on the EM-6 as Barry is dedicating more time to it since May. This is a main reason why the backlogs have increased unfortunately. He has knocked down most of the big software projects and is working on the last big one now. Hope to start testing proto boards in the late Fall if all going smoothly (and sometimes it doesn't).

Thank you to all our fantastic customers for your support and ideas. We're trying our best to keep up with the demand. :)

Tomcat RV4 06-24-2021 06:37 AM


rv6ejguy 06-24-2021 07:36 AM

Thanks. We very much appreciate your comment here.

rv6ejguy 06-29-2021 02:54 PM

Closing Early These Days
With the heat up here now, it's become pretty unpleasant in the hangar upstairs after about 1300 or so we're outta there around this time.

I'm starting a little earlier now, around 0600 to make up some of the hours.

I saw 39C today at one point today which I believe is a new record here. I know you southern folks will laugh at that but hey, we laugh at you when you think -25C is cold too.:D

We'll try our best to keep orders going out the door this week, supposed to cool a bit by the weekend.

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