Latest Updates:
[May 20, 2016] 2016 Flying - Flight tested the new GTN650
[May 18, 2016] 2016 Maintenance - Finished the installation of the GTN650 GPS NAV/COM
[May 17, 2016] 2016 Maintenance - Day 3 of the installation of the GTN650 GPS NAV/COM
[May 16, 2016] 2016 Maintenance - Day 2 of the installation of the GTN650 GPS NAV/COM
[May 15, 2016] 2016 Maintenance - Started installation of GTN650 GPS NAV/COM
[May 10, 2016] 2016 Maintenance - Inspected rear spar for for SB 16-03-28
[May 9, 2016] 2016 Maintenance - Fixed screen issue with GRT PFD
[April 27, 2016] 2016 Maintenance - Gave polishing a whirl
[April 23, 2016] 2016 Maintenance - Debugging GPSS Autopilot issues
[April 16, 2016] 2016 Flying - RV/Rocket Gathering at 8A7 - Central NC Outer Banks

NEW! Check out my latest creation - for a daily listing of the newest available FAA N-Numbers/TailNumbers, along with the most flexible TailNumber search engine on the Internet!

Welcome to my builders log for a Van's Aircraft RV-7. In case you didn't know, the RV-7 is a 200+ MPH side-by-side seating taildragger kit airplane. This website documents every step in the building process. The kit ships in 4 stages - Empennage (tail), Wings, Fuselage and Finishing. This keeps you from having to plop down a lot of money from the getgo. The quality of the kit is top notch, and the satisfaction from the building process is unbeatable only by the community of other RV builders/flyers. If you decide to start one of these, you will never have the feeling of having no one to go to if you have problems. That is what really sold me on the project.

So how did I get into all of this? Well, it was a simple decision based off of me being a) a pilot, b) bored and c) needing a hobby. My college buddy emailed me a link to a builders log and that was it. Before I knew it I was taking a builders class to see if this was really for me, then off buying airplane parts.

There are a couple of major decisions that you have to make with this plane - 1 or 2 person? side-by-side or tandem seating? Taildragger (conventional) or tricycle landing gear? How big of an Engine? Constant Speed / Fixed Pitch prop? composite, wood or metal prop? Avionics? The list goes on and on. It may seem like a lot of major decisions, but you in the end you make a airplane that is absolutely uniquely yours, and you will know it inside and out.

Site Disclaimer: If you are building an RV and run into a problem, please don't base your solution solely on what you find on this site. This site documents how I built my plane, not how to build a plane. I have never built a plane before. I try to back up every question I have with a sound solution from a lot of other builders and/or from the tech support I receive from Van's.

Last Modified: May 20, 2016