RV-14 Build Journal

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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. I’m sure that I don’t know what I’m getting myself into, but the fact that so many people have done this before gives me confidence that it’s an attainable goal.

The intent of this journal is to document the process so that I can prove to the FAA that I built over 51% of this airplane. I am not professional builder and this journal is not intended to be used for instruction; rather, a chronicle of my experience. Most importantly, I hope that it can serve as a way to communicate what I’m doing while in the garage for so many hours.