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Old 07-09-2016, 11:56 PM
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Location: Dayton Airpark, NV A34
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Default Show us the status of your 14/14A project

Starting new "sticky" thread.
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:19 PM
PRE911 PRE911 is offline
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Location: Novato, Ca
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Default Pink slip for RV-14A

I just received my airworthiness certificate today. 3 years and 2 months from start.
Yeaaah! Just buttoning back up. Hope to fly in a couple of days.

Have a photo but do not know how to post. I know I know, who can possibly build an airplane, and not figure out the clear instructions on this site of how to post one photo.

All the best,


Building RV-14A. #140061
RV 14A N2261 flying as of 7/22/16
KDVO Novato, Ca.

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Old 07-22-2016, 07:41 AM
JHartline JHartline is offline
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Location: Carrollton, GA 5GA2
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Default Absence of photos forgiven if you will provide some specs


Congratulations on getting completed!! Have you been looking at your normal flight profiles and comparing RV-14 versus Maule speeds? (See my signature line)

If you have time, could you post your power plant and avionics choices? I'm interested in seeing what the majority of folks are doing.

Cheers, James
James Hartline
Carrollton, GA 5GA2
RV-14 - First flight 4/7/2019. Phase I complete as of 9/11/2019!!
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Old 08-24-2017, 09:58 PM
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Location: Sachse, TX
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Vertical stabilizer is complete as of 8/24/17. Took about 26 hours. My Efficiency and quality are improving. This is a great kit. I have benefitted immensely from this community. Hopefully I will be able to offer help to others the way I have been helped. On to the rudder--Saturday. Friday We are going flying.

Latest Donation Dates: 06 August 2020 & Dec 2020
RV-14A Empennage Kit #140396

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Old 09-24-2017, 03:03 PM
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Default RV-14A Rudder (Section 7) Complete

On Friday night, 9/22/17, I finished the Rudder (Section 7). It took me over 40 hours.I had to patch an area on the right skin because I creased it during back riveting (ran off the end of the plate as I merrily riveted away without thinking). I have a couple of minor flaws, but I think it is airworthy. Hopefully, someday the FAA will agree.

After two months of building, and I have two assemblies.

What I have learned so far:

1. Keep thinking during every step. The instructions are good. The kit is excellent. The process isn't that difficult, but if you let your mind wander while working (especially riveting), you will make a mistake that will cost you lost time. Stay focused. You can recover from mistakes, but it's much more effective to go at the pace at which you can maintain good focus and avoid mistakes.

2. Keep the rivet gun pressure low to start. It' easier to adjust upward than to make a big mistake because you had too much pressure.

3. Follow the directions. Look at the whole page. Look at each step. Look at each word.

4. This forum is great, but .... Van's instructions are the authority. I was so concerned about the trailing edge and double-flush rivets because of posts on VAF that I was concerned that by following the instructions I was headed for trouble. You can find of lots of over-the-top processes adopted using pro-seal or epoxy or specially made squeezers. In the end, I chose to follow the latest Van's directions using adhesive tape and a back-rivet process, and my trailing edge came out great.

5. I am all in. After two assemblies, I have too much enjoyment and satisfaction to quit.

Latest Donation Dates: 06 August 2020 & Dec 2020
RV-14A Empennage Kit #140396
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:21 PM
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Location: New Orleans, LA
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Default New Seats

While the plane is being painted, hopefully done next week, my permanent seats are shipping tomorrow. Classic Aero totally redesigned the seats and it comes complete with the back installed into the cushion, instead of using Van's seat back and has a more wrapped around type of feel like a race car. They also have the hinges built in, so I will just need to take the pin, pull out the temporary seats provided by Classic Aero while waiting on these and insert the new ones. The color scheme flows with the interior, Hooker Harness belts and the exterior. Hopefully by mid August I will have some pictures of the final with all the paint done.

First RV-14 Flight 04/17/2016
Serial #140087, N214SW - Sold

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Old 08-25-2016, 12:41 PM
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Location: Marcoussis, France
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Default RV14A ... in France

It's the end of the empennage/cone tail kit.
The others kits are somewhere on the seas between US and France !


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Old 09-29-2016, 03:29 PM
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Location: Powder Springs, GA
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Default RV-14 near Atlanta

Aft Fuselage almost done. Wings due to ship the week of Oct 24th

Jared Solomon
A&P, EAA Technical Counselor

Powder Springs, GA
2021 Dues Paid
RV-14A (N214WJ) - Flying since Sept 2017
RV-7A (N211WJ) Flying since 2009 (SOLD)
RV-7A (N132RD) bought flying 2014 (SOLD)

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Old 09-29-2016, 04:00 PM
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Location: Leesburg, VA
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Mated the fuselage halves and had a visit from my EAA tech counselor to check things out. He said everything looked good and I was ok to start covering things up with the baggage floor installation.

Chris Moon
Leesburg, VA


RV-14A kit # 140243 (flying as of 11/18)
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:05 PM
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Looking good Chris!

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