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Old 01-25-2013, 09:02 AM
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Most don't realize how fortunate you are to have a choice. Down here there are no DAR's and no FAA that will inspect (FSDO is over 250 miles away). I am actually considering flying without an airworthiness cert because of that. I did have a quote of $2100 from a DAR way up in the north country, that is simply not going to happen. If the FAA wants it, they should provide it with our taxpayer money. I have spoken at length about this to the FSDO and the EAA, neither seem very concerned about it.

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I had heard that too, amongst other warnings, but I had 600 reasons (the $600 cost of a DAR) to give them a chance. I found them to be fair and professional throughout the entire experience, although they did mention that at times their other work made it difficult to find the time to do home builder certifications. They don't like saying no, but these are a relatively low priority to them. I understand that completely - my own job is similar to theirs in that aspect.

They were very impressed with the quality of the Van's kit and seemed quite interested in the peculiarities of the RV-12. They didn't think much of the frigid cold of the hangar, though, and for that I cannot fault them. I've spent the last four years building up a tolerance to the cold (and iocane powder -- anyone get that?) so it didn't bother me as much.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:22 PM
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I've spent the last four years building up a tolerance to the cold (and iocane powder -- anyone get that?) so it didn't bother me as much.
"You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia' - but only
slightly less well-known is this: "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line
"

Those cold days building will be quickly forgotten when the warm weather arrives and you are flying.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:10 PM
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Dave - congratulations and glad both you and the FAA stuck in there !

BTW: I really like the full backdrop from your blog !
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:01 PM
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Default My RV-12 is in pieces.

Happily, the pieces are getting bigger.



First major milestone: four months / 197.0 hours build time. Will hold off on mounting the tail surfaces and installing fairings until later in the build. Rudder and ASTs are on shelves, out of frame.
Wings are next...kit is on the floor, waiting.
Note: I don't always work in full dress uniform - thought this occasion was special enough for it.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:27 PM
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First major milestone: four months / 197.0 hours build time. Will hold off on mounting the tail surfaces and installing fairings until later in the build. Rudder and ASTs are on shelves, out of frame.
Wings are next...kit is on the floor, waiting.
Great milestone! Brace yourself, the wings won't take much time at all. I think Iit took me longer to build the flaperons than than the wings they attach to.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:45 PM
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Dave, I have enjoyed your construction (and life) notes greatly. You write like a novelist.

Any chance that you could give us the source for the 'backdrop' that you feature. I would like to see the rest of the 'factory'. PS - I think that one of those guys must be my Grandad!!! Thanks again for your instructive and very humorous blogs.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:04 PM
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Default N73HR Airworthiness inspection

After slightly over three years, airworthiness inspection time arrived on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 for N73HR, (Serial 120332. Pictured here, from left, are Bill Champion, an FAA MIDO office employee, Rob Reese, Chief Riveter, Haruko Reese, Superviser of Chief Riveter and Chief Pilot, Frank Sperandeo, DAR, and David Autry, another FAA MIDO office employee. One usually does not have a visit from genuine FAA employees for experimental aircraft inspections...they weren't inspecting the plane, they were inspecting the inspector, Frank. All went smoothly, with no squawks. Only modification needed is booster seat and rudder pedal extensions for the vertically-challenged Chief Pilot--have that handled--see my other posts.

http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1363821489

The second photo includes us and John Albury (Jetguy on the forum), our building mentor and transition training instructor for Haruko. John will be doing the first flight in our bird next week. I'll post the exciting action soon.


http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1363737440
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:30 PM
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:12 AM
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Default Slow progress ...

Well, I haven't broken any speed records but at least I've got this far.

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Old 05-26-2013, 02:41 AM
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looks good keep the good work
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