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Old 01-01-2020, 03:42 PM
SantosDumont SantosDumont is offline
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Henderson, NV
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Default How long to ship once I order? (14A empennage)

Does anyone know how long it takes for Vans to crate and ship a kit once I pull the trigger? Like do they already have them crated and ready to ship, or do they start pulling parts off the shelf once I submit an order? Looking at ordering the 14A empennage kit.
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Old 01-01-2020, 04:07 PM
Michael Burbidge Michael Burbidge is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Sammamish, WA
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Default 2 - 4 weeks says RV-14A Empennage kits are 2 - 4 weeks out. I ordered mine on Monday.

I ordered both the Empennage and Wing Kit, since the Empennage goes quickly, at least for those of us that have built before.

Michael Burbidge
Sammamish, WA
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RV-9A Flying 340 hours!
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Old 01-01-2020, 05:15 PM
coffeeguy coffeeguy is offline
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Lake in the Hills, IL
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The tail kit is one of the toughest to wait for, everyone is excited and have decided to build. The other tough one is waiting for the engine. The wing and fuse kits have published lead times and you can pretty much plan on when you want the next kit to arrive. I recently ordered my fuse kit so that it would be here and I could keep going. Probably ordered a few weeks early, but no big deal.

One thing that I recommend is when you screw up, and you will, place the order for the replacement part and specify cheapest shipping method. Many newbies fedex the part so they can keep going. Don't wait for the next part, just order it cheapest shipping and pick out something else to work on. If nothing else, pickup a part and start deburring.

Check out lead times at
oops - didn't see the previous post with lead times.

The RV-14 now shows a 2-4 week lead time for tail kits. Figure another week for shipping.

Enjoy the build.
Jeff Dingbaum
RV-14A empennage, wings, fuselage
Cherokee 180
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