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Builder:
Tim Hewett
Location:
Council Bluffs, IA - USA
Aircraft:
Van's Aircraft, Inc. - RV8A
Manufacturer:   
http://www.vansaircraft.com/
Engine:
-
Prop:
-
Total Build Time:
248 Hours

Welcome to my experimental aircraft Web site. I began my building adventure with plans to a Zenith 601XL. I had all the wooden bending forms completed and was ready to purchase aluminum when my wife and I attended Oshkosh in 2006. We left convinced by the many wonderful examples of RV aircraft that we would order an RV8A. I does not seem possible that I'm over a year into the project. I have completed the rudder, vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer and elevators ailerons and flaps. The wings are nearing final assembly and this week (3/24/08) the fuselage was ordered. Delivery time on the fuselage is projected for 8 weeks. My wife is very encouraging in fact we have become a great riveting team. I throughly enjoy the building process and to this point find myself constantly impressed with the fit of the parts supplied by Vans. A year into the project and I have yet to find an issue that was the result of Vans production. Like every builder, I have reworked and in 4 or 5 cases replaced parts due to my own workmanship. While building, I am also completing my PPL. I expect to solo in 2 or 3 weeks. My wife and I look forward to using the RV as a time machine reducing travel time in the comming years.

Recent Activity
 Date Hours Work Log Summary Details
 10-04-2009
1.0
The Spar Fits
       

 10-04-2009
1.0
More Canopy Pictures
       

 10-04-2009
1.0
Hack Saw Blade To Finish Edge
       

 10-04-2009
1.0
Attach Spacers For Sikaflex Process
       

 09-29-2009
1.0
Trim The Canopy
       

 09-29-2009
1.0
The Big Cut
       

 09-29-2009
1.0
More Trim Work And Fitting
       

 09-29-2009
1.0
Canopy Frame Adjustments
       

 08-31-2009
1.0
Reinstall Rudder Pedals After Painting
       

 08-28-2009
1.0
Installed Brake Fittings In Fuse Floor










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