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Old 10-08-2014, 06:49 AM
humptybump humptybump is offline
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Default Tip: Get the Vans CD plans !

I'm a "buyer not a builder" but I do quite a bit of tinkering on my RV-8. The builder shipped me home with all of the plans, instructions, photos, and notes you could imagine. He's remained a great source - now three years later. Still, not being the builder, I find I'm doing my share of head scratching to figure out some things. Hunting through paper is slow and I often can't find what I'm looking for.

I decided to tag on the plans CD from Vans Aircraft with a recent replacement parts order. OMG! This thing is fantastic. It's just PDFs (huge PDFs) but they are not scans. They are generated from the original computer files. This means everything is searchable. You can search for a word or phase or part ID in the instructions and the plans - "text is text". It's incredibly fast to find information!

If you built you airplane you probably know what is on drawing #70 but if it's been several years or you're not the builder, you will be thankful to have the CD!

THANK YOU Vans Aircraft for offering the CDs !
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:11 PM
TS Flightlines TS Flightlines is offline
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Wow! Thanks Glen---For those of us providing components, this is the way to go!
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
Joint Venture with Aircraft Specialty
Teflon Hose Assemblies for Experimentals
Proud Vendor for RV1, Donator to VAF
RV7A Tail Kit Completed, Fuse started-Pay as I go Plan, on hold while we develop new products for RV builders
Ridgeland, SC,
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:21 PM
kamikaze kamikaze is offline
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Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
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They're also great for potential future builders I got the RV-9A disc ... I think now that all 3 main airframe kits are out for the RV-14A, I'll order that one and see if I find the ease of the new style plans worth it ...
Sling 4 empennage kit on order!
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Current Piper Warrior PA-28-151 Owner/Pilot
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:27 AM
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Thanks for pirep Glen. It will be included in next order.
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:36 PM
SoCal Flyer SoCal Flyer is offline
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Location: Upland, CA
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Default RC 14 CD

The RV 14 plans are being updated right now and they are not sending them out.
They are saying 2-3 weeks
Placed my order
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:54 PM
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Charles C Charles C is offline
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Location: Orlando, Fl
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I agree, I ordered mine when I bought my 7A a few months ago and used it a lot when I was gong through the plane for the past month. I loaded it onto my Ipad and worked out when I was at work and needed to order parts. I also loaded it onto my laptop. Very handy for just looking up something quickly too.
Charles & Fran Cantrill
Piper Comanche PA-24-250 - SOLD
RV-7A - Sold
Progressive Aerodyne Searey - SOLD
Orlando, Fl.
Flying out of Grass Roots Airpark (O6FD)

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Old 10-10-2014, 03:10 AM
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I picked up the CD on a recent visit to Vans for some stuff, and I love it, too! My project has dragged on long enough now (yeah, I know I'm slow, there are good reasons for it) that I'm finding some of the drawings and instructions on the CD are newer than my older paper drawings. This has proved to be valuable to me in my continued work!

Also, it's easy to have my laptop in the shop on the bench. I can quickly look something up, much easier than digging through rolls of old plans and trying to make room on the bench to spread them out. Get one. They're cheap and very good.
Bruce Swayze
RV-7A Standard Build
First flight November 3, 2019!
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:43 PM
usafape usafape is offline
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Is this available for the -10?
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Default Yes available for 10

Got mine in the mail last week along with the parts for the nose wheel repairs. Have not loaded it up yet
Bill Thomasson
RV-10 - Flying - Phase II. 99.8% done... it's never really done!
Suwanee, GA.
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:05 AM
Aero_Octaveus Aero_Octaveus is offline
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Default Yup

Worth every penny. Much better than the preview plans. Nuff said
Garet Hess - Edmonton, AB
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