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Old 01-13-2015, 11:30 AM
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Question RV-7A Should I sell?

I was in the final wiring & debugging of the panel stage of construction of my RV-7A when I suffered the loss of my medical last year. This is the second loss of my medical for this reason so a reissuance isn?t in the cards. I?m totally unsure of what path I should take at this point. I have about $100,000.00 invested in this project.

If you were me (be grateful that you are not), would you sell the project, finish it and then sell it (possibly paint to order) or finish & keep it in the hope that Congress will someday save the day and let me fly without the medical? I also have a Cessna Cardinal that now sits in the hangar (and the hangar). Currently the RV is safe, warm in my basement shop.
Carl - - Morrison, CO
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:43 AM
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I'd finish the project. You'll get a lot more for a finished, flying aircraft. Something is going to give with respect to the 3rd Class Medical and there's a good chance you will be able to fly your RV yourself. If not, you could probably find someone to fly the Phase 1 requirements.
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:54 AM
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The common wisdom seems to be that people who build (and complete) airplanes tend to enjoy building as much (or more) than flying. You got this far, so I'm guessing you enjoy the building, even with the uncertainty of flying it. I'd say keep enjoying the build, take your time since there's no hurry now, and when you're done, there's a good chance there will be progress on medical reform. And if not, you still have the satisfaction of seeing it through to completion, and knowing that YOU built an airplane. And you will get more money out of it if you sell, probably.

I think if I lost my medical, after being extremely bummed out, I might enjoy building even more, since I wouldn't be anxious to fly it as well. I would try to build that perfect show-plane, even if it took 20 years.

Good luck!

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Old 01-13-2015, 11:57 AM
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I have seen this plane and it is nice. Quality construction. Carl, you are so close, I would finish it first. It may be hard to get motivated, but worth it in the end. There is a great bunch of builders in your area, so maybe one of them would finish it for you.

Best of luck either way my friend!
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Old 01-13-2015, 12:30 PM
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There is an old running story for those who've been around RV's for awhile...goes something like this: "The first flight of your RV is a $35K flight"...because if you try to sell it now it's a pile of parts that you WILL get less than new price for (probably about $.60-.75 on the dollar) and absolutely zero for labor. AFTER the first flight, we're kind of lucky with RV's in that you might get back close to dollar for dollar on the parts, and maybe even a few pennies for your labor.

Selling it as a project vs. selling it as a flying airplane (in your case specifically) could mean the difference of MANY thousands of dollars - even if it is left unpainted.

Just my 2 cents as usual.

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Old 01-13-2015, 12:46 PM
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Did you get denied, or just let it expire? No need to answer here, but it makes a difference in your future prospects.

If you got denied, you're most likely toast. So far I haven't heard of any of the proposed medical changes that would allow someone to fly again after having been denied a medical, even if that medical is no longer needed. But you never know. Although unusual when dealing with government agencies, once in a while a gift drops from the skies that didn't come from the empennage of a pigeon.

If you let your medical expire and haven't been denied, there seems to be much more hope. We won't know until at least April what the FAA is going to propose, but I'm hopeful enough that I (with no medical, and unlikely ever to be able to get even an SI) am still building instead of selling. I'm just holding off on some decisions (like engine and prop) until I see what the rule changes look like. Of course there's a chance they'll look bad enough I have to pull the plug and sell it, but until we know I'll keep plugging along.

The others are correct, if you sell it now you're going to take a significant loss. If I were in your shoes I'd finish it up, let someone else fly off Phase 1 and then look at selling it -- if you have to. The fat lady has not started singing quite yet.

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Old 01-13-2015, 01:28 PM
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When you are this close ... complete it ... if you do not have to put a lot more money into it ... why not finish it ? If it was me I would at least get real satisfaction out of having completed a plane ... Loss of a medical can happen to anyone at any time .. Sure some medical conditions ‘could’ be minimised by change in life style .. but even so .. you can never be 100% sure no matter what you do ...

Also ask yourself this .... What will you do with your time if you did not spent it on the RV ? Would you get more personal satisfaction out of doing something else (work / playing golf / fishing ... or whatever ????)

No question that you will get more for a finished plane .. that something ‘almost finished’ ... assuming you do not put a price on you labour ...

Best of luck – enjoy life ... in whatever shape or form it may take ..

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Old 01-13-2015, 04:00 PM
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Option 1:
Finish it.
Call your government representative often, asking them to support 3rd class medical reform (Pilot Protection Act?) and have your friends do the same.
Enjoy the satisfaction of a completed project.

Option 2:
Quit now and always regret selling your baby.
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Old 01-13-2015, 05:28 PM
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Thanks guys. The consensus is clear - finish it!
I'll try to get a little enthusiasm back and see how it goes. The one thought that I had with selling it with some work still required was that the purchaser could then apply for the mechanic ticket. Guess that's not worth much!
As I mentioned, it is at the electrical programming / debugging phase which is what I like the least. That's probably part of the "wind is gone from the sails" feeling I have. I was very much looking forward to painting it though. I like the artistic aspect and have some experience.
Thanks again,
Carl - - Morrison, CO
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Old 01-13-2015, 05:29 PM
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Default Finish it

Finish it, keep it, if you can't get a medical find another local pilot who will fly with you as PIC. You'll have pride in knowing you completed a magnificent flying machine. You can get them to share expenses too.
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