I remember reading the article you wrote on the harrier for the Baldonnel air spectacular in '97 I think it was. That article what first set me on the road to considering flying as a career.
Once again well done,
Congrats from the Eastern Seaboard, you've lived my dream.
Imagine building that plane ! well done.
Would love to tackle a project like that......someday.
If it's not too intrusive what was the approx project cost ?
EIAB and back today where Dave B flew it - flicks very nicely!
150 Kts cruise at 2400RPM on mogas, can't complain. Gets airborne with 2 people and 5 hours fuel in 200m - not too shabby either!
Total cost was very close to the cost estimator on the Vans website - including tools, transport, 2nd hand engine, new prop, 2nd hand avionics and a 2-axis autopilot I'd say no change from ?50K.
Time spent? I don't know for sure, I'd guess 2000 hours even though it was a 'quick build' kit, but a lot of that was spent studying & planning. Biggest hurdle was to stop thinking about the overall project and set small 'bite sized' tasks, concentrate on them until done and then move on to the next. Elephant eating... small bits at a time! Next one will be much quicker..... Dreaming of a Harmon rocket... will have to start saving up!
RV7 Paint is now decided on - as usual ask 10 people you get 10+ opinions, but I have always liked the factory scheme so I am going for a modified version rather like G KELS with a black/white check pattern on the rudder.
Don't be afraid to come and say hello, I will be putting some miles on it over the summer, more than happy to give Flying in Ireland forum people a go.
Since you're offering - I wouldn't my a hop. Have flown a few potential projects but I've completely missed experiencing the Vans.
Which engine are you using that runs on mogas and what sort of fuel burn are you getting at 2400?
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Its turning a very coarse prop - 78" pitch which keeps the RPM down until the speed increases.
I'm not sure about fuel burn yet, but an 0-320 burns about 40 lit an hour at max chat I reckon.
Going for paint soon - I have decided on a uniform dark colour for high visibility - probably Dark Blue.
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