Posted: 3/16/2010 23:13:01
Are there any past or present Volksplane builders in BC? I'm on Vancouver Island (Qualicum Beach) and would love to get together with other builders. I'm early on in my project, half way through the stabilator, rudder almost done, fuselage next.
Posted: 3/20/2010 09:49:03
Unfortunately I am neither building a VP-1 nor located in BC. But I sure do have a soft spot for the VP-1, it's the aircraft that got me interested in homebuilts because as a kid it looked just like a big version of the model planes I was building. It still fascinates me.
Good luck, be interested in hearing more of your progress.
Steven Smart, Winnipeg.
Posted: 3/21/2010 19:39:10
Exactly why I chose it. I like the simplicity, ease of build and good engineering behind it. Oh, and I also like the comparative cheapness of the project although I suspect it's risen about ten fold since Bud Evans figured you could build for about a $1000!
Posted: 3/30/2010 13:43:16
I built a VP 1 and flew it from 1973 until 1950 I put over 400 hours on it my friend George built one at the same time we flew around together and had a lot of fun.
I Have 4 or 5 wing ribs left over from our volksplanes which were routed out from a pattern also the full size ribs for the rudder which you could use to trace the ribs from if you havn't done them yet.
I live in Surrey on the west edge of the langley airport control zone .
You can have the rib patterns if they are any use to you
Posted: 3/30/2010 19:50:21
Thanks so much for your kind offer, I'm actually building a VP-2 so all the ribs are a little larger. So far I've built the rudder and stabilator including the anti servo tab, next is the fuselage. Any building tips you remember that you can pass on? So far, it's been remarkabley straightforward but then it is a very simple constuction compared to most aircraft out there.
Thanks again, Martin
Posted: 4/2/2010 01:16:09
Do you belong to RAA Canada and do tou know all the government regulations for building a homebuilt aircraft . There is a chapter in Duncan I think. You are right it does cost more than $1000 dollars to build.
It cost me about Twice as much as that in 1973 But I had a brand new 1699 CC short block VW engine
out of the box from the factory.
Posted: 4/2/2010 16:10:30
Yes, EAA member, chapter in Duncan is not very alive at the moment but we have a local aero club here in Qualicum which I shall be joining soon, I understand they have some members building. I've only just moved here from downtown Vancouver.
Government regs, yes, I've done a lot of wading through them and have decided to go the basic ultralight route under 1200lbs gross and stall not to exceed 45mph. A lot less red tape and at the end of the day I'm building the VP2 as a single seater anyway.