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What Our Members Are Building & Restoring

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Dana Heimos
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#1 Posted: 9/25/2009 11:18:48 Modified: 9/28/2009 08:53:19

Are you currently building an aircraft? Have you completed a project and are now enjoying the fruits of your labor? EAA Publications would love to share your craftsmanship with EAA Sport Aviation readers worldwide! 

Send us a photo along with a brief description (100-150 words) of your project and we'll use it in the "What Our Members Are Building & Restoring" section of EAA Sport Aviation. Need more than 150 words? Send us a longer description with multiple photos and we may use it as the opening feature for this section of the magazine.

Please include your name, address, and EAA number with your submission, and include your e-mail address so other EAAers can contact you about your project. 

E-mail photos and project descriptions to Dheimos@EAA.org

Or send them via mail:

EAA Publications

Completed Projects

P.O. Box 3086

Oshkosh,WI 54903-3086


E-mail me or send me a personal message if you have any further questions. We look forward to seeing your work!

 

 

 



Patrick Panzera
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or CraftsmanUltralight EnthusiastAirVenture Volunteer
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#2 Posted: 10/1/2009 17:51:24

Let's not forget that EAA's EXPERIMENTER eNewsletter features projects, not just done aircraft!!!

http://www.eaa.org/experimenter/articles/  (Look for "What our members are building")

We don't have a word count limit and can publish any number of photos.

So PLEASE consider sending us your story.

The way I look at it... when you go to a new airport and see open hangars, what draws you to stop in an open hangar and visit; a project under way or a completed plane? Most of us nuts & bolts types like to see things as they are going together. We ALL love flying planes, no doubt, but in EXPERIMENTER, I want to showcase the project as well.

Thanks!

Pat Panzera, EXPERIMENTER editor.

 


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Brent Scott
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#3 Posted: 11/8/2009 20:49:00

we need to access homebuilder s Hints videos from this site.  Also request all hints sessions to give sources for materials or tools used.  Right now I need help trouble shooting my instrument installation.  Non-working OT and CHT. Grounding ?



Brent Scott
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#4 Posted: 11/8/2009 21:05:13

here are some pics of my project. Getting ready to taxi test and first flight. Legal eagle ultralight
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Gerry Van Dyk
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#5 Posted: 12/17/2009 09:21:38

My project is a Wittman Tailwind W-10

I'm currently in primary flight training, I thought a Tailwind would be an excellent airplane to extend my skills from the venerable C172.

 

Just getting rolling, right wing and fuselage are framed, lots of work to go.  ;^)

Gerry van Dyk

Edmonton, Alberta



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Don Mack
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#6 Posted: 1/8/2010 14:14:15 Modified: 1/18/2010 16:36:02

I am building a Vans RV-6A. Been sloooooooow building for 16 years. I am at the 99.9% mark with 1% left. Installing the controls now. Plan is for this spring to be in the air. You can see information at www.dmack.net

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Tom Hackel
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#7 Posted: 1/31/2010 21:05:07

16 years......... The only thing I've worked on that long was my dauhter..... We both moved away and I sold the house.


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Rick Galati
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#8 Posted: 2/2/2010 15:23:07
Don Mack wrote:


I am building a Vans RV-6A. Been sloooooooow building for 16 years........Plan is for this spring to be in the air......

 

  Congratulations on building your RV-6A Don.  It seems you are very close to enjoying the rare satisfaction of having completed an airplane project. While 16 years may be a comparatively long build time, the fact is and for a variety of reasons many airplane projects are never finished by the original builder. By beating the odds you will soon discover that the RV-6A is a truly fine performer. My 160 HP example often meets or exceeds Van's own famously conservative performance numbers. Give me a modest tailwind component and 200 MPH (GPS GS) in cruise flight is easily achieved. The linked YouTube video suggests what my RV-6A TOL performance commonly is. Using an inexpensive "Flip" HD camcorder no bigger than a pack of cigarettes, we documented several TOL's  on a fine September day last year. Like my experience demonstrates, very soon you too can expect similar results:

Best,

Rick Galati

 



Rick Galati RV-6A N307R "Darla!" RV-8 N308R EAA Technical Counselor
Steve Rice
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#9 Posted: 2/5/2010 15:01:12 Modified: 2/5/2010 15:02:18

I was an EAA member in the early 90s. due to liffe changes, i had to back off ariplanes for awhile. But the passion never left. New project, just getting started. My brother and I are build two 5/8 scale P-38s. should be a lot of fun. Once there are pieces and parts to show, i will definately post them. Still have some more design work to do before I start pounding out sheetmetal

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Don Mack
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#10 Posted: 2/23/2010 21:14:51

Thanks for the encouraging words. Your plane looks great! Polished aluminum was my second choice.

Don



Bruce McKinnon
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#11 Posted: 2/24/2010 16:14:30

My Project is a Vans RV-9a.

Just finished the right wing last Friday (Feb 19, 2010).

Hope to the have the left wing complete in a couple of months.

I'm building the plane with my Father, who was a helicopter engineer for many decades.

 
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Bruce D. McKinnon

Computer Geek and Amateur Plane Builder.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada



Carl Hollinger
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#12 Posted: 3/8/2010 13:14:59

I am Restoring a Stit's S6-B Flut-R-Bug that recieved it air worthiness cert. in Feb of 1964 When I was a month old. I hope to have it flying before Uncle Sam sends me on vacation to Iraq. I you have one of these unique planes or know someone that has one I would like to here about it or see pictures. It is a tandum two seater and has an A-75 power plant. It had both wings damadged when the previous owner, who used his pasture for a landing strip, tried to park it in a stock trailer without taking the wings off first.


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Michael Johnson
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#13 Posted: 3/8/2010 15:58:43

Awesome Carl!!!! I'm building a Stits Playboy, the Stits designs are awesome!!! Look forward to watching the progress.

MJ



Tony Condon
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#14 Posted: 3/10/2010 13:10:19

I'm recovering my 1964 Cherokee II Sailplane.  Designed by Stan Hall.  Been keeping a sort of log of my work at http://cherokeesailplanes.blogspot.com



Rick Pellicciotti
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#15 Posted: 3/12/2010 08:44:45 Modified: 3/12/2010 08:49:13

I am restoring the prototype/demonstrator of the Prowler Aviation Jaguar, a kitplane from the 80's.  It was landed off-field with the wheels up after an engine failure.  It sat in a barn (literally) for almost 15 years.  Lot's of work left to do but it will fly again!

 I have a web page at:

http://www.prowlerjaguar.com 

 


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Rick Pellicciotti, Falco N63KC http://www.prowlerjaguar.com
Frank Metcalfe
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#16 Posted: 3/14/2010 12:49:59

 

This is 1/6th the outcome from a group build six of our EAA members pulled off. This is my Pietenpol Aircamper or as we call it a Big Piet. We started the project  Jan 2002 and four were completed Sept 2009.  The two others will complete soon.  All Piets have Corvair power. The project was fun with a lot of good fellowship and motivation from all builders.  I have about 10 hours on it due to cold and bad weather in Georgia but look for us at AirVenture  this year.

 
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Michael Zenner
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#17 Posted: 3/20/2010 18:18:32

Don,

I was wondering how you stayed motivated for so long. I am currently a college student, engaged, trying to get some flying in and building an RV-7a. My fiancee, father, and I plan on taking about 10 to 15 years to build. As of late, I have not been able to build due to the  large amount of school work. I try to get on EAA's website, go to local chapter 509 meetings and  talk to people whenever possible to keep the motivation as high as possible. I was wondering if you had any other advice. I should also note that the project is located 30 miles from where I currently live, and getting over there frequently can be difficult at best.

 

Michael Zenner



Joanne Palmer
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#18 Posted: 3/20/2010 23:10:45

It is MY suggestion that you decide say a week in advance or so (and this will depend on your workload) to go to where the project is and spend the WHOLE day doing SOMETHING to move it along.  Do this at least once a month and when you have a school break, spend at least TWO full days of that break on the project.  Make an outing of it. Be advised that you may need to be highly organized to make sure that you don't get there and then finding that the trip was wasted because you are missing the rivet gun....or the drill don't work. 



Don Mack
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#19 Posted: 3/21/2010 19:40:32

Michael,

It has had its moments. Two kids were born, house move, etc.

Part of the reason for taking so long is that I was building with my father and brother. My father was one of the main reasons to build. Building got him out of the house to supervise and stop from killing my mother
wink. He passed away 5 years ago and I slowed down a lot.

I also had an Ercoupe for 5 years so building time slowed down while I was having a blast with that. I also fly models in the summer and that takes time.

So its all about the priorities. And  life happens.

You will get there.

 

Don

 



Christian Sturm
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#20 Posted: 3/26/2010 10:44:42 Modified: 3/29/2010 09:33:57

Scratch built PA-18 Super Cub. Took 5 years.  180hp and some bush mods.  The entire project documented on www.supercubproject.com


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