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Welcome to my Builder’s Log.

I don’t want to read all this introduction crap…Take me straight to the latest post.

Hours complete/remaining.

Rivets set/remaining.


I am building an RV-7. “What’s an RV-7?” [clears throat…]

The RV-7 is a low-wing, two-seat, all metal airplane with a roomy cockpit that will easily accept two 6’ + adults with sufficient leg, head and elbow room to stay comfortable for three to four hours at a time. It is an all-around sport airplane, with excellent cross-country capability, fine aerobatic qualities and superior handling. A typical RV-7 can hold two FAA standard pilots (ha, there is nothing standard about me), 100 lbs. of baggage and full tanks: 42 gallons.

(Which, even at 10 gallons an hour with a big-ass engine, is still over 4 hours, or (at over 185 knots), is about 740 nautical miles of range.  That’s well past Greensboro to Oshkosh. Or New York to St. Louis. Or more importantly, Greensboro to Key West, assuming I would make that much of an overwater trip, which I wouldn’t.)

At the aerobatic gross weight of 1600 lbs., the RV-7/7A complies with the +6/-3G standards of the FAA’s Aerobatic Category and can still carry two people, making it possible for a new pilot to get aerobatic instruction before he or she starts rolling and looping.

Cruise speeds near or even above 200 mph, combined with the endurance and the range possible with the 42 gallon fuel capacity means that you can traverse half the American continent in a day — more if the winds are right.

Cruising at a sedate 160 mph or so, the RV-7 can achieve better mileage than many of the compact cars it is flying over.

(Quick math…740 nautical miles (about 850 statute miles) divided by about 42 gal…<calculator sound>…20.2 mpg. Not bad.

Basically, I’ll be taking all the little pieces from the picture below and putting them together to look like the airplane in the background (except not yellow). Time to get started…

The RV-7 Standard Build Kit

The RV-7 Standard Build Kit. It’s like Legos for adults.

See below for links to the builder’s log.


Builder’s Log

Preparation | Planning | Shop | Tools | Practice Kit | Other | Pilots N Paws |
Empennage | Horizontal Stab | Vertical Stab | Rudder | Elevators |
Wings | Spars | Ribs | Wing | Fuel Tanks | Ailerons | Flaps |
Fuselage | Firewall | Bulkheads | Longerons | Aft Fuse | Ctr Fuse | Fwd Fuse |
Finish Kit | Canopy | Systems | Engine | Panel | Painting |
Functional Testing | Power On | Engine Runs | Taxi Tests |
First Flight | Preflight | First Flight | Postflight |
Flight Test | Air Data | Climb Perf | Best Glide | Cooling | Stall Speeds | Cruise Perf |


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