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 (vansaircraft.com). Van’s produces the the most popular aircraft kits, founded over 45 years ago and with over 10400 completed airplanes. I’m sure that I don’t know what I’m getting myself into, but the fact that over 10,000 people have done this before gives me confidence that it is a attainable goal.

The intent of this journal is to record the the process so that I can prove to the FAA that built at least 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 doing while in the garage for so many hours.