RV-14 Build Journal

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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The following journal chronicles my journey building the RV-14 kit airplane from Van’s Aircraft. Founded over 45 years ago, Van’s has produced the most popular series of kit aircraft with over 10,400 completed airplanes assembled by builders all over the world. The intent of this journal is to document the build so that I can prove to the FAA that I built over 51% of this airplane. I am not professional builder and I don’t want this to be used as instruction; rather, a chronicle of my experience.

Most of the build will be done by me, in our two car garage during evenings and weekends after family time. I have a full-time job and a couple kids, so I don’t expect that I’ll be setting any land-speed records for the build. I’ve never built anything this big nor do I have any previous experience with metal airplane fabrication processes. My hope is to use the manual, local builder mentors, and the internet to figure out the process along the way. I probably don’t know what I’m getting into, but the fact that so many people have done this before gives me confidence that it’s an attainable goal.

When I’m done I hope to have a personal airplane that can help me get some separation from the ground and explore this amazing country and beyond.