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Old 11-16-2020, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Robin8er View Post
Welcome. Lots on info on Vans website.

Short answer is it depends. Fast is 4 years. Slow is 10+. Average is probably 5-8 years. Quick build will shave 2ish years off the build.
It depends if you are talking about actual effort or calendar time. Recently the quick builds delays are long enough that you can build the standard build while you would have been waiting and save you some money. I have a friend that took over a year to get his quick build fuselage recently.

The best way to avoid the delays is to order all the quick build kits at the time you start the empennage. The downfall is that also requires paying for all the kits up front.

The real answer is dependent on how many hours a week you devote to the project. I know some retired builders that were able to complete in two years, but they treated it like a full time job.

I spent 3,200 hours build mine over a six year period for a standard build. I also had two surgical procedures and got laid off during the build. Sometimes life just gets in the way.
Bob Leffler
N410BL - RV10 Flying
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Old 11-16-2020, 07:59 AM
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Data point: 8 years and close to 3000 hours.

Never missed a kid's soccer game or band concert or any other family function.
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Phase I as of 12-02-2020

Dues+ Paid 2020,...Thanks DR+
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:52 AM
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I finished mine in about 1.5 years. I overhauled the engine, did all wiring/avionics and painted it in that time, as well as making several custom parts. I am retired and pretty much worked on it 7 days a week with various deviations for projects around the house (kids gone or in college). Mine was a QB and I did not build the emp and this was my second plane, which makes a pretty big difference in efficiency.

N64LR - RV-6A / IO-320, Flying as of 8/2015
N11LR - RV-10, Flying as of 12/2019

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Old 11-16-2020, 09:05 AM
Fenderbean Fenderbean is offline
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Location: Huntsville AL
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Originally Posted by pierre smith View Post
Morniní guys,
Buy mine and go flying RIGHT NOW!

Itís fully sorted, IFR ready and comfy at 200 MPH TAS! Front and rear seat heat, Vizion autopilot and a strong Aerosport built, IO-540!

Where is your listing?
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Old 11-16-2020, 09:19 AM
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Location: Boulder, CO
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I started 12/19/2019. I already have 700 hours of construction completed. Started attaching my first wing last night. Engine coming in March. Panel in July.
I expect to be in the air in late 2021.
But I've taken every advantage allowed. QB wings and fuselage. Planning on a pre-wired panel from Stein.
And a global pandemic has kept me out of the office and not traveling for work, allowing me to put in 2-4 hours almost every single day since March.
I also share a hangar with two A&Ps and an A-320 captain, and I have an EAA TC and an IA/A&P in the hangar next to me. So, I'm getting advice and guidance almost constantly. This website and a great community around me has kept me motivated and on pace, with lots of help when I need it.
Your mileage may vary.
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Started 12/19/2019
Engine hung 1/9/2021
Panel in 2Q 2021
Flying summer 2021?
Going for the build speed record. Thanks lockdowns!

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Donated Jan 11 for 2021, EAA and AOPA member

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Old 11-16-2020, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Fenderbean View Post
Where is your listing?
Send him a PM??
Mike Starkey
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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 11-18-2020, 08:53 PM
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Thanks for all the help
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