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Old 03-02-2013, 03:19 PM
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Default First start!

We finally did it! Couldn't believe how easy it started. Just like a car, on the second blade!



I have a video but not sure how to include videos
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:29 AM
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Yesterday we brought the plane back to the airport from the paint shop, all the planning paid off and we got it back with no issues at all.

Heres proof you can fit an entire RV-7 into a 26' Uhaul with lots of room to spare.











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Old 03-23-2013, 10:42 AM
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Default Finally starting to build a -7

Hello to all,

I have been haunting the site (as a paid subscriber) for over a year now and finally started working on my RV-7 late yesterday. I have a few questions:

1. Anyone aware of builder log software that will work for mac? I like Kitlog Pro V2.0 but it is apparently not mac friendly.

2. I want to make sure I abide by any FAA requirements. Do I need to advise them I've begun building? Any paperwork I need to accomplish?

3. I've started on the vertical stabilizer and have filed and buffed the outer edges of VS-808PP. Any suggestions on how to accomplish the same on the inside edges of the lightening holes?

I'm sure I will have many more questions as I progress and will spend many more hours on this site.

Ray
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:03 AM
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Ray,

I'll see what I can do to answer some of your questions.

Build Log Site:
I have found that I like WordPress the best, accessible from anywhere, works on a PC or Mac and gives you some cool stats too on who is viewing your site. A link to my site is in the signature at the bottom.

www.n87dx.com

FAA notification:
When you start the build you do not need to notify the FAA, If you have an N Number in mind you might want to see if its available and reserve it for $10 a year until your ready to register the aircraft.

http://aircraft.faa.gov/e.gov/NN/reserve.aspx

Deburing:
Lots of options on deburing, the larger size holes a small scotchbrite wheel on a die grinder works quite well or just a simple deburing tool. links below

http://www.averytools.com/prodinfo.asp?number=22022

http://www.averytools.com/prodinfo.asp?number=3700

-david
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:51 AM
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David,
I was wondering what type of ramps you used to get the plane into the UHaul? I will be using the same method of transporting and was considering building some kind of exotic ramp system and pulleys to get it up into the truck.
Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:33 PM
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Default Thanks for the info....

David,

Thanks for the answers to my questions. Will check out the builder log software and try the deburring tool.

By the way, very nice looking pics of your -7!!

Ray
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:13 PM
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David,

Your paint looks great. I'm a big fan of black and blue. Can't wait to see it assembled. Congrats!
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:18 PM
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David,
I was wondering what type of ramps you used to get the plane into the UHaul? I will be using the same method of transporting and was considering building some kind of exotic ramp system and pulleys to get it up into the truck.
Thanks.
Bob,
I had the same worries as you and we were going to just kind play it by ear and see how it went as to if we would use the ramps or not. In the end they worked out great, what I did was had an 8 foot 2x6 and screwed a 2X4 vertically to one side to give it support as well as a stop so it wouldent go off the side of the ramp. To attach it to the truck i used a $20 ramp kit (LINK) At the paint shop, we have 5 guys, on on the tailwheel pulling, and two on each gear leg and it was a piece of cake, much easier than I had ever imagined. To Get it out, across from my hanger there is a slight rise into a field, and we backed the truck up so the slope from the truck to the ground was as flat as possible and pushed it out, very very simple.

When you get the truck make sure it has the Square wheel wells in it, they work as great chocks so you really only have to strap it down in one direction.

Sorry I dont have too many pictures, it was snowing and hailing as soon as we got the fuse in the truck.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Old 03-23-2013, 10:15 PM
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Hello to all,

I have been haunting the site (as a paid subscriber) for over a year now -----


Ray
Ray, welcome to the good ship VAF.

Good to have you aboard
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:29 PM
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Thanks for the info about loading the Uhaul. Thats a lot simpler than I had imagined. I did not know about the ramp kit, that helps a lot.
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