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Old 02-12-2018, 06:18 PM
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Location: Edson, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 493
Default Getting closer

Just hooked up the wiring and thanks to DR here my RV 7 made the front page, the panel is lit up and the radio is working great.

The seats are done, the engine is hung with sensors and fuel lines to install. The cowling is complete needing paint and the wheels and canopy are on and done.

Wings are half done awaiting final wiring

After that one finds all the parts from every nook and cranny in the garage and Presto we should be looking at first flight by Sept.

I work away from home so it takes awhile.!Apov9vtfo19vzSqx9qApgVx6r8fR

Dave Cobb
[color="Red"]=VAF=2019 Donation - and a bit extra for great work![/COLOR="blue"]
Empennage RV 7 - Tipper
Wings complete

Dynon installed and running
Fuse closer to completion, Canopy complete
AME reviewed and repaired O-320-Lyc installed
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:04 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Northern California, USA
Posts: 537
Default How to ship a project?

Hi, folks,

I?m moving my project from a storage unit in Virginia to my garage in California. It?s at roughly the Quickbuild stage. I installed a lot of stuff in the wings and fuselage, and have a few more boxes of parts, but it looks a lot like a QB kit with a completed empennage. The tools are already in California.

Any suggestions on how to get it safely across the country? I?ll rent a Uhaul as a last resort. And none of my cars are in Virginia...they?re all in California already, so using them to tow is an upleasant option.

Thank you in advance,
Martin Gomez
Redwood City, CA
"My RV-7 is a composite airplane: it's made of aluminum, blood, sweat, and money"
RV-7 Slider QB
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:04 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Battle Ground
Posts: 536
Default Trucking company

I used Partain Trucking for movement of mine. They are an advertiser here on VAF. I haven't used them in several years, but it is a least a place to start. Other folks may know of similar companies that will move aircraft components.
RV-7 N818BG (flying)
Bearhawk Patrol (building)
RV-7 (resurrecting)
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Old 03-16-2018, 07:06 PM
KatanaPilot KatanaPilot is offline
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Location: Locust Grove, GA
Posts: 769
Default First Flight!

First flight of RV-7A S/N 74594 temporary tail number N859DF from Mallard's Landing (GA04) this afternoon.

Flew about 45 minutes, ran engine hard, then performed clean and dirty 1G stalls and back for a landing.

CHT's with Bill Lane's excellent plenum were better than expected with a new engine. Oil temp rock steady at 180.

A few minor squawks but overall very satisfied with the performance of the airplane. Now on to the rest of Phase I...
Krea Ellis

Locust Grove, GA
DA20-A1 "Princess Amelia" - gone home to Amelia Island
RV-7A Phase 2 (Honored to be Van's "Miss July" 2021)
RV-10 under construction at Synergy Air South
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:33 PM
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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: McKinney, TX
Posts: 125
Default A new engine in Plano!

After an amazing trip to Kamloops, BC a few weeks ago, I got my engine installed today!

Builders Log posts:

The build at AeroSport:



Had a lot of great help and support!
Pete Miller
RV-7 Phase 1 !!!
McKinney, TX (T31)
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Old 04-23-2018, 02:15 PM
Maxrate Maxrate is offline
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Location: League city, TX
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Default Wings to fuselage

After 5 moves 9 years and two kids I hit a big mile stone this week. a friend and I built a fuselage cradle for transporting the fuselage to a friends hangar to mate the wings to the fuselage. I have been impressed with this kit how everything lines up and fits with very little effort. We installed the wings and the first time there was only 1/4" forward sweep on both wings. The incidence had only 2 tenths twist between the root and tip. Very negligible. I was able to step drill up to the number 5 bolt. Three days of very rewarding progress with some old friends. Here are pics and a builders link.
Mark Malone, RV7
Wings complete, SB 14 complied with, canopy and cowling in progress, Up on the gear.
N442MM reserved

2021 Donation gladly paid..
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:19 PM
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Location: Houston, TX
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Originally Posted by Maxrate View Post
After 5 moves 9 years and two kids I hit a big mile stone this week. a friend and I built a fuselage cradle for transporting the fuselage to a friends hangar to mate the wings to the fuselage.
Congratulations Mark! Great milestone...


RV7A - purchased flying 05/2020
RV6A - sold
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Old 05-12-2018, 09:04 PM
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Location: Aulander,NC
Posts: 26
Default RV7 wing progress

I have been working along on my wings for some time now and today they came off the stands. They are safely in the wing cradle and the stands were taken up. My dad came up and helped my over the last couple days to get the top skins on and I had the Aileron brackets complete so we installed them as well.

Skins ready to be riveted.

http://20180426_172442 by , on Flickr

And Left wing is done!

http://20180510_151820 by , on Flickr

Then we finished the right wing.

http://20180512_103158 by , on Flickr

In the cradle.
http://20180512_144448 by , on Flickr

http://20180512_163158 by , on Flickr

Feels great to get this step done. I really need to get busy and finish the wing kit. My fuselage is supposed to be here this week! Good times.
Frank Cordrey #74600
Private SEL/SES
RV-7 Emp Done
Wings 80%
Fuselage started- canoe flipped
Finish kit inventoried
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:18 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Litchfield Park, AZ
Posts: 1,128
Default Up they go

Bought a new house and moved the RV7 project over. Downsized from 4 bedroom to 3 so I had to put them somewhere! 9 ft ceilings - 2-3" top and 6-9" below for door clearance.

Carlos in Arizona
EAA Chapter 538
Wittman Tailwind W8 N53CH (built & sold)
Pazmany PL-1 N2029 (bought & sold)
RV7 - N537TC (reserved & building)
Emp, Wings & Fuse done - working on FWF

"The air is an extremely dangerous, jealous and exacting mistress. Once under the spell most lovers are faithful to the end, which is not always old age." - Winston Churchill
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:09 AM
MeAndMyToys MeAndMyToys is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Hillsboro,OR
Posts: 139
Default Getting closer

Starting to feel like I'm getting close.

RV-7 Tip Up slow build
200HP IO-360-A1B
Hartzell CS
Working on wiring and Fw Fwd
Got my RV-7 tail kit for X-mas 2012
Guess the Wife's on board!!
Dues paid 3/11/2019
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