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Old 08-09-2021, 11:54 AM
AL_O_Dine AL_O_Dine is offline
 
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For those who built in their home garage:

At what point did you finally HAVE to move it to a hangar?

And from that point, how long did it take until first flight?

I'm curious, because some people are taking 5+ years building. And if you are renting hangar space for the whole build, at say $300/month, that eats up $18,000 right there.

Ouch.
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:05 PM
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I had everything done that I could do at home, I even fit the wings and rigged the ailerons and flaps. The tail was completely done and installed. I then moved it to the airport, at that point it took about a month the get it ready for the DAR inspection. I flew it 2 days later.

I found it much easier to work at home, as soon as I moved to the airport it took It took longer to get to the airplane to work on it and I sometimes forgot a tool or part and had to make 2 trips to the airport.

The other thing to consider is hangar availability, you might have to get a hangar early so you'll have it when you need it.
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:09 PM
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How frowned upon by airports is it if you can't get a hangar and want to hang the wings on the ramp?
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:31 PM
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Very similar to Sam, I built and fitted everything in the garage, took it to the paint shop and from paint shop directly and for the first time to the hanger. My first flight was approximately two weeks later.
Building in the garage is one way to cut that 5+ years to a far shorter time. My first one took 11 months to build and second one is hoping to be done in 12 months pending back order parts.

Good luck with your build.
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Old 08-10-2021, 08:16 AM
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Very similar to Sam, I built and fitted everything in the garage, took it to the paint shop and from paint shop directly and for the first time to the hanger. My first flight was approximately two weeks later.
Building in the garage is one way to cut that 5+ years to a far shorter time. My first one took 11 months to build and second one is hoping to be done in 12 months pending back order parts.

Good luck with your build.
Same here. I did everything plus paint in the garage. I assembled the 6A on the ramp in about 2 weeks. Wings went on the first day, so securing wasn't an issue. The 10 I did in a hanger (winter) and about 1 month to first flight.

I did wing fitting on the driveway to help with prep and then disassembled.

I did not want the hassle of having to go to the airport to work on the build.
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Old 08-22-2021, 11:12 AM
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Default That brings up another question.

That would totally suck if you finished the plane and it sat in your garage for 3 years or more before hangar space became available. Ughhh

I can see the Classified Ad now…98% completed airplane for sale. Can't find hangar space.

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Old 08-22-2021, 01:12 PM
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Same here. I did everything plus paint in the garage. I assembled the 6A on the ramp in about 2 weeks. Wings went on the first day, so securing wasn't an issue. The 10 I did in a hanger (winter) and about 1 month to first flight.

I did wing fitting on the driveway to help with prep and then disassembled.

I did not want the hassle of having to go to the airport to work on the build.
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Same here built the plane in the garage, trial fitted and rigged the wings one at a time in the garage and then both wings in the driveway, used store bolts and saved the close tolerance bolts for final assembly at airport. Built mine over 5 years largely working weekends due to work travel most weeks. Hangar was a 45 min drive so not easy to just "pop" over to work on the RV, but did have a hangar that could fit my Pacer and the RV. Finished the RV about a month after moving it to the hangar. The advantage of the garage was the ability to do something however small every time you went out there and the motivation of seeing the project take shape every time I went through the garage to drive somewhere.
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:32 PM
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How frowned upon by airports is it if you can't get a hangar and want to hang the wings on the ramp?
How are you going to secure that from wind and other elements. Wouldn't a storage be much safer?
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:44 PM
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RV-10. Started in the garage Aug 2007; first flight May 2011. Moved to hangar Feb 2010. (I was planning on moving about 4 months later than that, but a ‘too good to pass up’ deal came along). Small two car garage, sloped, tree-lined driveway. No way to fit wings at home. I think I could have hung the engine (awkward access, the nose would be in a corner) at home, I definitely could have worked on avionics at home (this meant buying them then, increasing the chance of having a new airplane with out-dated avionics). I’m happy with the way it worked out.
Here at LVK working at a tie-down is frowned on. e.g., against the rules but not enforced for little operations. I don’t know what they’d say about hanging wings.
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Old 08-09-2021, 01:03 PM
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I kinda wish I would have kept my hangar, or at least found another airplane to share the rent. Instead I gave it up and now I'm at the bottom of the list.

At least I'm saving the hangar rent and I probably am two years away from bolting on the wings but still its another problem to solve.
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