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 summary below highlights my journey in building an airplane from a kit (vansaircraft.com). I probably don’t know what I’m getting myself into but the journey has it’s own rewards. The intent of this journal is for me to record the progress so that I can prove to the FAA that did in fact assemble at least 51% of this airplane. In addition, I hope that it can serve as a way to communicate the process to friends and family.


1. Where it started

In 1978 my mom at I took a flight in a 1966 Cessna 172 from Eastsound Washington to tour the San Juan Islands.

2. Dreaming

Why build an airplane?

3. Preparation

Spending countless hours on the Vans Airforce site, Youtube and the internet learning as much as I can about building my own airplane from a kit.