First Kit arrives!

After years of researching, studying, and finally placing the order – the RV-14A empennage kit finally arrived in New Jersey on Monday 4/2/2018! I was not available for delivery until Friday though the wait was not in vain as I was able to scramble to make final preparations in the workshop.  All the effort really helped ensure there is a organized,…

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The Airplane Factory is ready

Shop is finally ready to become an airplane factory.  Built a few EAA 1000 workbenches using solid doors that had cosmetic damage to keep a very flat top.  The doors were bought when building the barn and the manufacturer sent new ones because they got beat-up during shipping. I held onto them thinking I could used them as a bench…

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Decision Made

Well after a good year or two of consideration, I’ve decided on the Van’s RV-14A as the aircraft kit I will undertake to construct.  The maturity of the proven base design, the evolution of the kit and assembly instructions, the fantastic support available through forums like Vansairforce.com and local RV builders, and the fit against my mission all factored into my…

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First Steps…

Throughout all my planning and research, I always had envisioned getting some training on sheet metal for aircraft.  The EAA has a great program called “SportAir Workshops” that does just this through a traveling roadshow of classes throughout the year in various cities. Previously they are typically in the midwest or west coast. The closes to New Jersey I had…

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And then there was heat

After a lot of research, I settled upon a heating system that leverages a hot water heater to circulate heated water through plastic pipes that I laid within the slab.  It’s highly efficient and creates a gentle, even heat throughout the space.  For the second floor, i added a second zone with slightly cooler water to be compatible with the…

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Dry wells and Drywall

After some winter delay, work on installing the dry wells was able to re-start and complete. The whole purpose of these monster concrete tanks are to collect and disperse rainwater collected from the gutters. Being that the building is in the middle of the woods with no neighbors within seeing distance, the requirement is quite ridiculous. But being a good citizen…

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What is my mission? Setting the criteria for evaluating kitplanes

Previously, I shared some thinking about how I plane to build a kit airplane in the future (after The Barn is complete), and which three models I narrowed my selection to.  This post gives more insights into how I begin framing the selection decision and the nuances of each design. The Mission In comparing these three kitplanes, there is no…

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