VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

  #11  
Old 04-15-2021, 11:12 AM
rv6ejguy's Avatar
rv6ejguy rv6ejguy is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 6,068
Default Update

Barry has devoted a lot of time lately to new software destined for the EM-6. He knocked down one of the major projects on that front yesterday and will start on the last major software project next week. That could take 2-4 months depending on our workload here.

After that, it's on to an improved variation of closed loop control we flight tested in an RV-10 back in 2008 so we're hoping that project won't take too long. This will apply mainly to operation on unleaded fuels- Mogas, Swift or the 100LL replacement in the future.

Our present order backlog has now stretched out to around 6 weeks for full systems. Most smaller and parts orders can go out within 1-2 weeks. This is the busiest we've ever been in 27 years. As a result, I'll be taking the occasional Wednesday off starting in May to avoid burnout. I still usually work one of the weekend days but the phone is off that day to maximize productivity.

Thanks to all the folks choosing SDS and thanks for your patience with these longer lead times.

There must be a lot of people building RV-10s as those now represent about 75% of our RV system orders!
__________________

Ross Farnham, Calgary, Alberta
Turbo Subaru EJ22, SDS EFI, Marcotte M-300, IVO, Shorai- RV6A C-GVZX flying from CYBW since 2003- 449.1 hrs. on the Hobbs,
RV10 95% built- Sold 2016
http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiy...g2GvQfelECCGoQ



Last edited by rv6ejguy : 04-15-2021 at 11:35 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-15-2021, 06:09 PM
abwaldal@gmail.com abwaldal@gmail.com is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Battle Ground WA
Posts: 284
Default Back orders

Yo Ross
about your 3-4 week situation. DO not sweat it. sounds about normal.
I want to buy another John Deere tractor. 40 horse power or so.
Oh guess what? If I pay for it now (firm order) I will get it in about 3-4 months.
WHAT???? Yup that's right. Maybe 5.
Oh wait there is one in South Dakota, But, they won't let us have it. I'm in Washington.
Enjoy life while you are lookin at the daffodils from the top side. Art
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-15-2021, 08:38 PM
rv6ejguy's Avatar
rv6ejguy rv6ejguy is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 6,068
Default

I can't sweat it any more, it's just a fact of life now. When orders triple over a period of 6 months or so, it becomes impossible to produce that many kits on the same timeline while retaining QC and customer service levels as before.

Lycoming is at 6 months for an engine, Van's maybe over a year for some kits, Stein, 6+ months from what people tell me.

I don't think anyone can doubt how successful Van's is and their success drives the success of many other businesses like us who supply other bits down the line. I have to thank Van's for creating such demand for our products.
__________________

Ross Farnham, Calgary, Alberta
Turbo Subaru EJ22, SDS EFI, Marcotte M-300, IVO, Shorai- RV6A C-GVZX flying from CYBW since 2003- 449.1 hrs. on the Hobbs,
RV10 95% built- Sold 2016
http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiy...g2GvQfelECCGoQ


Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-19-2021, 02:57 PM
rv6ejguy's Avatar
rv6ejguy rv6ejguy is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 6,068
Default

Both phone and internet were down all day. Hopefully back up tomorrow...
__________________

Ross Farnham, Calgary, Alberta
Turbo Subaru EJ22, SDS EFI, Marcotte M-300, IVO, Shorai- RV6A C-GVZX flying from CYBW since 2003- 449.1 hrs. on the Hobbs,
RV10 95% built- Sold 2016
http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiy...g2GvQfelECCGoQ


Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-19-2021, 03:16 PM
mike newall's Avatar
mike newall mike newall is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Yorkshire, England
Posts: 2,177
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rv6ejguy View Post

Thanks to all the folks choosing SDS and thanks for your patience with these longer lead times.

There must be a lot of people building RV-10s as those now represent about 75% of our RV system orders!

Well............

We are trying our best in Old Blighty to actually be the first on an RV10.

Thanks for the info and all the feedback from Les.

By 2025, we should be good to go
__________________
"I add a little excitement, a little spice to your lives, and all you do is complain!" - Q

Donated in 2021
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 04-29-2021, 11:06 AM
rv6ejguy's Avatar
rv6ejguy rv6ejguy is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 6,068
Default

We're having some difficulties getting some parts from Superior which will delay flywheel shipments.

Also, just received word that our main anodizer will do a shop move and be closed from May 6 to May 16. That may impact some deliveries as well.
__________________

Ross Farnham, Calgary, Alberta
Turbo Subaru EJ22, SDS EFI, Marcotte M-300, IVO, Shorai- RV6A C-GVZX flying from CYBW since 2003- 449.1 hrs. on the Hobbs,
RV10 95% built- Sold 2016
http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiy...g2GvQfelECCGoQ


Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 06-23-2021, 02:26 PM
rv6ejguy's Avatar
rv6ejguy rv6ejguy is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 6,068
Default Update

So far, most of our vendors have been able to keep supplying us with minimal delays or we've found alternate ones.

As of today, our order backlog sits at 6-8 weeks on EM-5 and CPI-2 kits.

CPIs can usually ship in 2-4 weeks.

CNC parts can usually ship in 1-2 weeks, depending on how busy the anodizer is. In stock things like flange kits usually ship in less than a week.

Our production workers are putting in many more hours now and we have new UV curing equipment to speed up that process on conformal coatings which are hand applied to some PCBs.

As always, we continue to refine and improve parts and software based on customer feedback and we'll be making some more information available soon to help customers understand the systems better and make installations faster.

Work continues on the EM-6 as Barry is dedicating more time to it since May. This is a main reason why the backlogs have increased unfortunately. He has knocked down most of the big software projects and is working on the last big one now. Hope to start testing proto boards in the late Fall if all going smoothly (and sometimes it doesn't).

Thank you to all our fantastic customers for your support and ideas. We're trying our best to keep up with the demand.
__________________

Ross Farnham, Calgary, Alberta
Turbo Subaru EJ22, SDS EFI, Marcotte M-300, IVO, Shorai- RV6A C-GVZX flying from CYBW since 2003- 449.1 hrs. on the Hobbs,
RV10 95% built- Sold 2016
http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiy...g2GvQfelECCGoQ


Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 06-24-2021, 06:37 AM
Tomcat RV4 Tomcat RV4 is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Jacksonville,Fl. 32246
Posts: 280
Default

Ross and SDS ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST COMPANIES I HAVE DEALT WITH IN
MY CAREER! Tom
__________________
Tomcat RV4
RV4 gone to RV heaven !building Zenith 701
dues paid and worth every penny
Life is uncertain -Eat desert first !
U F O Member since Dec 2017
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 06-24-2021, 07:36 AM
rv6ejguy's Avatar
rv6ejguy rv6ejguy is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 6,068
Default

Thanks. We very much appreciate your comment here.
__________________

Ross Farnham, Calgary, Alberta
Turbo Subaru EJ22, SDS EFI, Marcotte M-300, IVO, Shorai- RV6A C-GVZX flying from CYBW since 2003- 449.1 hrs. on the Hobbs,
RV10 95% built- Sold 2016
http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiy...g2GvQfelECCGoQ


Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 06-29-2021, 02:54 PM
rv6ejguy's Avatar
rv6ejguy rv6ejguy is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 6,068
Default Closing Early These Days

With the heat up here now, it's become pretty unpleasant in the hangar upstairs after about 1300 or so we're outta there around this time.

I'm starting a little earlier now, around 0600 to make up some of the hours.

I saw 39C today at one point today which I believe is a new record here. I know you southern folks will laugh at that but hey, we laugh at you when you think -25C is cold too.

We'll try our best to keep orders going out the door this week, supposed to cool a bit by the weekend.
__________________

Ross Farnham, Calgary, Alberta
Turbo Subaru EJ22, SDS EFI, Marcotte M-300, IVO, Shorai- RV6A C-GVZX flying from CYBW since 2003- 449.1 hrs. on the Hobbs,
RV10 95% built- Sold 2016
http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.html
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiy...g2GvQfelECCGoQ


Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:19 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.