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Old 09-26-2006, 03:02 PM
rvbruce rvbruce is offline
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Default RV-8 status

Been working on wiring and installing avionics for months and months. Got my BMA G4 unit and installed it next to the EFIS/ONE. Panel is complete(except for wiring and SL30 and Xponder install.)
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:25 PM
TeamRV8A TeamRV8A is offline
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Location: Newcastle Australia
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Default Aussie RV8A Fastback continues

G'Day all,

Our RV8A Fastback continues. As you can see we are still making a couple of modifications. If you have seen our previous post, we have made a little progress following the aft baggage compartment modification for the wheelchair.
I guess some will look at the side of the fuselage and say ?what the?? Well this is to give Cliff easier access to the cockpit (door to be fitted soon). Yes aeronautical engineers in Sydney have crunched the numbers, this is not a modification taken lightly.
The aircraft is being designed to be flown by a paraplegic, so hand controls, wheelchair storage and access have been looked at during the entire project.
I am expecting the completion of the door mod by Christmas, then on to the hand control.
This will be similar to a helicopter collective, with a couple of changes. Up down for rudder control with elec trim switch, twist grip throttle and differential brake control. Yep a few hours in this one too.
After all these mods it will still have the same controls for able-bodied pilots. I still prefer the pedals and a throttle quadrant. Sorry Cliff.
Will post again soon

Safe Flying

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Old 11-30-2006, 01:37 PM
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Default Fuselage Arrived!

I finished up the wings last Wednesday. Thanks to Harland and George from Santa Fe for the help hanging the left one when they came and picked up my wing stands.

I've got the wingtip lenses done and the position lights (copies of Jeff Bordelon's) nearly finished. The empennage fiberglass is done with the exception of the HS tips.

More importantly--The fuselage kit arrived last night!!! I had time to rip open the crates and take a bit of a look. I also looked at the plans and instructions. The new RV-8 plans are beautiful works. The instructions for the fuse went from 28 pages to 81! Nice job Van's!

Guy Prevost
Albuquerque, NM
RV-8a Built, Enjoyed, Sold
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Old 12-02-2006, 10:03 AM
brucegray brucegray is offline
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Location: DAYTON,NV.
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Default Slow Build a Roll'in

It looked like this Thread needed another update. Its cold in the garage but things are still getting done with family choices and the holidays approaching. I need to finish up the top cover and I'll flip the fuse for landing gear and belly skins.

I need to prep/prime the seat backs still.

Another view of the aft cover on. Enjoy.

I'll post again when something significant happens.

Bruce Gray
RV8 #81745
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:59 PM
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I know kind of lame but take note of the D#%* gearboxes. They are clecoed in place and ready for riveting tomorrow when my dad comes over. They really sucked but came out real good and fit in place very unlike an OJ glove!

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Old 03-14-2007, 04:45 PM
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Default Wings are on

Everything came out fine. I'm glad to have this hurdle out of the way.

The complete fun can be seen here:

Jon Pawlikowsky

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Old 03-14-2007, 10:25 PM
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You are building a plane in you living room!!! You rock!
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:07 AM
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All the interior sheetmetal is done, the new raised turtledeck is done, the modified forward skin and canopy rails are done, forward baggage door is done, and the mount tab strips for 1/4 cowl fasteners are fabricated. Almost time shoot some interior paint.

Dan Horton
Barrett IO-390
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:16 AM
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How 'bout some pics of the mods (forward skin, rails, turtledeck, etc).

Thomas Short
KUMP - Indianapolis, IN / KAEJ - Buena Vista, CO
RV-10 N410TS bought / flying
RV-8 wings / fuse in progress ... still
1948 Cessna 170 N3949V
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:39 AM
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Nothin along those lines I could show you that's not shown on the Showplanes site:
Dan Horton
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