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Old 05-10-2019, 09:44 PM
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Default more time flying than building...

Pretty cool to have more time flying this wonderful airplane than building it!

pound them rivets and burn that avgas
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:57 PM
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Pretty cool to have more time flying than building!

pound them rivets and burn that avgas
Very cool!
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Old 05-11-2019, 12:58 AM
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Congrats, it has to be an odd feeling!

At just over 400 hours I've really started to feel like I neglect the RV and just see it when I wanna use it. Who knows, I may even get close to 50 hours on this next oil change....
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Old 05-11-2019, 06:32 AM
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That's a great milestone!

I just checked, I'm at 870 hours of flight time and on February 18, 2005 I hit 870 hours of build time. I was "fabricating the rudder pedals" at exactly 870 hours.

Seems like a lifetime ago!
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Old 05-11-2019, 06:35 AM
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I build at a much faster rate than I fly, but even with a 16 hear head start, my build time is catching up quickly.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:11 AM
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Pretty cool to have more time flying than building!

pound them rivets and burn that avgas
That was my argument for buying a flying RV- and no regrets about that! Just be sure to get a good one, and that WILL take some effort.

Ironically, although I did get in a good 130hrs in the first year, I?ve since launched into a major panel upgrade, changes in prop, alternator, ignitions, fuel injection, a twin EarthX battery system, dual electric fuel pumps, etc,etc, and my bird will have been down 8 months before flying again, but it is worth it. I bought what I knew to be a fabulous foundation airframe with a great engine, and it will soon be 95% identical to the one I would have built from scratch. This approach saved me five years of hard work, and added five years of flying life. After a certain age it just made sense. -Otis
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Old 05-11-2019, 05:41 PM
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There should be some kind of build/fly ratio formula. I spent total of 1350 hours building and I've flown about 450 hours. Hmmmm.... a build/fly ratio.... "BFR" I know that's already taken but it sounds good. Probably need to factor into the equation somehow the number of months or years flown since first flight. 9PG's first flight was 4/1/12 or 7 years ago. Wonder if there's a way to come up with some kind of result that would make sense?
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:08 PM
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That was my argument for buying a flying RV- and no regrets about that! Just be sure to get a good one, and that WILL take some effort.

... -Otis
Surprisingly, many of us really enjoyed the build process and miss it when we start flying.

I know, it sounds crazy but it is true. Maybe that's why we keep changing, upgrading, modifying, etc. our planes.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:53 PM
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Pretty cool to have more time flying than building!

pound them rivets and burn that avgas
I forgot what I started out to say earlier: Congratulations, Stephen- 2000+ hours building and flying- EACH- an incredible accomplishment!! How many can make that claim? Well done, Stephen!
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:34 PM
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Congrats Steve!

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