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Old 01-18-2020, 11:03 PM
Earl Findlay Earl Findlay is offline
 
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Three months in ..

Tail - DONE
QB Fuselage & Wings - DONE
Finish Kit - Waiting for delivery
Engine - Ordered. Delivery 7/2020
Avionics - Ordered. Delivery 5/2020

We stand a good chance of flying before the year is up. I CANNOT WAIT to fly the RV-14. I have a RV-9 I am flying now, and if the RV-14 is as fun, I am going to be in love!!!
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Old 02-29-2020, 09:30 PM
Earl Findlay Earl Findlay is offline
 
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We have about 850 hours into the kit. Looks very promising that we will he flying by the years end. This has been a blast.

Engine should arrive in about 4 months (grr). Panel arriving in early May. As of now, it looks like the engine is going to be the holdup. With two people working basically full time on this, a -14 kit goes together fast.

For anyone thinking about ordering a kit .. just do it. I only wish that I did it sooner now.
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Old 06-08-2020, 09:46 AM
Earl Findlay Earl Findlay is offline
 
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1200 man hours done and the avionics have arrived. Working on the wiring necessary for the panel. We opted for a Dynon HDX panel with a GTN 650.

Stepped on a flap and really messed it up. Likely to require a rebuild.

Engine to arrive in about three weeks. IO-390.

Hal has pulled back his involvement to more of a mentor than a builder due to some personal issues that he?s dealing with.
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Old 08-22-2020, 12:27 AM
Earl Findlay Earl Findlay is offline
 
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The engine and panel has been mounted. The build is in the hanger at the airport.

Hal doesn’t do too much with me anymore. We had a bit of a falling out and he told me that he felt we were best to not work on this together anymore. It saddened me but I think that’s what can happen when two people work together so many hours per week. He does still check up on me from time to time, but when he disconnected himself from the project I had to buy my own tools but fortunately I had gained quite a bit of knowledge so I’m doing ok through the build.

I still have a flap that needs to be rebuilt. It got stepped on and damaged the flap significantly. A few members of chapter 1441 are suggesting that I build the airplane without flaps to save weight and complexity, but I think I do want flaps on the airplane.

Onward and upward.
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Old 08-22-2020, 01:58 AM
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Sounds like ure making good progress, well done!
A couple of pictures of your -14 project would sure color those reports?

As for building without flaps, don’t do it! The -14 has good flaps which benefit the aircraft‘s performance. Better fix the damaged one, or rebuild one, and stick to the plans and design.
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Old 08-22-2020, 11:10 AM
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Don't make changes. They add a huge amount of unplanned work and time. Keep it as stock as you possibly can.

In particular, the suggestion to eliminate the flaps is a bad idea. Almost everyone gets to buy replacement parts since we all seem to be human. Press on.

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Old 08-22-2020, 11:42 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike S View Post
Absolutely correct.

The impact of seeing a completed component like a rudder, wing, etc is very motivating to say the least.

Now, if I could just get over the diet plateau.......
80% done, 90% to go
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Old 09-09-2020, 11:27 PM
Earl Findlay Earl Findlay is offline
 
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Well folks, it is time to admit defeat. The RV-14 kit has defeated me. My build is officially over and I am selling the kit. Without Hal's assistance, it was not going to be possible to finish the build and safely have the aircraft flying. I was left without a choice but to sell the kit at approximately 85% completion.

This journey has taught me so much. It has improved my mechanical abilities. It has taught me about perseverance. And it has taught me that I need to be honest with myself. And that honesty has caused me to realize, I am not a builder or mechanic and I never will be. I just don't have it in me.

I am extremely sad, but I know that this is the right choice. The kit will be going to a local builder who I know will see it through to completion. I hope for a ride in it once it's flying.

In the meantime, I am seeking out another aircraft to buy. Maybe a Comanche or a 60's or 70's vintage Bonanza. My budget certainly won't get me the 2020 RV-14 that I was oh so close to having. It's a sad day in the Findlay house, but I am confident that I've made the right choice.

Best of luck to everyone on their build. If I see you out at the airport, I'll give you a wave and a nod. I admire your ability to see your project through completion. I admire your abilities, ability that I found out that I just don't have.

Forever grateful,

Earl Findlay
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Old 09-11-2020, 11:17 AM
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hey Earl, this is really sad!

Pity you can't find a buddy or associate in helping you with that build. The -14 is an absolute top notch RV product and, like you mention, will hopefully take to the skies in a near future.
Thinking about it now, you could have fitted an even bigger/heavier battery... on the seat where the passenger is supposed to sit.

I'm a bit surprised by the lack of reactions from the members to your farewell post...
Assuming you're leaving us for good, I for one will miss the entertainment you provided on different subjects, thanks!

Take care Earl Findlay...
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Old 09-11-2020, 05:43 PM
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Hey Earl. Sorry to see you go.

When & where will you be posting your project for sale?
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