Building Van’s RV14-0207
Interesting section, as progress is very quick. The plan gets more tricky to read and we certainly found lots of mistakes riveting the back plate where the horizontal stabilizer will be attached to.
The cable tree could be better, the cables do not fit properly and it doesn’t look very nice.
I spent the first hour inside the plane today. Feet on a trashcan, hip on a wood block and the rivet gun in my face… It still amazes me how well the rivets pull the sheets together.
Stabilizers and rudder/elevator assembly
After preparing parts for priming for months, assembling them is huge fun. We can finally excercise 4 hand riveting and are happy with the results. The horizonal stabilizer is taking us 2 full days to rivet.
May 13, 2016
Our experience with trailing edges: The 3M tape recomended by Van’s works, well, dont forget to roughen the surface of the trailing edge before applying the tape. We didn’t wait no time for curing the tape, but set the rivets halfway immediately to secure the trailing edge in place. After verification that the trailing edges were streight, we fully set the rivets, but being careful not to overset them to avoid opening a gap between the skins and trailing edge.
Our experience with leading edge: Pre-roll the leading edge with a 1 inch pipe. Gaffa tape works perfect to hold the skin to the pipe. We rolled the skin 4-handed without securing the pipe or buiilding any supports. In a second step we put a 3/4″ pipe in place, secured it and rolled the skin manually over the pipe again. Make sure not to overdo the lower skin, as it will be difficult to rivet the skins together.
First time priming
Our neighbour has his own paint shop, making it easy for us to professionally prime all the parts. We decided to prepare the vertical and horizontal stabilizer, rudder and elevators and prime all at the same time.
We use wash primer CELEROL 913-21. This stuff is approved by Lufthansa, so it should be ok…
2016 February 2nd
I first flew an RV-7 in Brasil thanks to an invitation of a friend there and immediately fell in love with the handling of this aircraft. Flying different aeroplanes of our flight school in Basel, I know how training aircraft feel (Piper Archer, Warrior, J3C, Cessna 172). Generally, their controls are slow and inaccurate, whereas the RV feels extremely light and is controlled very accurately. The only problem with the RV-7 is its size, as I am quite tall.
After the first flight, I basically spent every free minute to google Vans aircraft, the advantage of the different types and what steps I have to do in order to start building. A few months later I had the opportunity to visit Vans Aircraft in Aurora during a visit to the US and ordered the Vans RV-14.
Building started in April 2015. As our workshop was overloaded for the whole year, not much was done in 2015.