That I could answer. Victoria and I wanted to travel, visit friends and see the USA from the air. He suggested I consider building an RV. “What’s an RV?” I asked… I began researching the Van’s series of aircraft. After ordering the Van’s information kit and watching the video, I believed that I (too) could build an RV just as many other people (from all walks of life) had done already.
I decided that an RV-6A would fit my ‘mission profile’ perfectly. I asked Victoria what she thought about building an airplane and she exclaimed, “You don’t build airplanes, you buy them!”
I could see her point, especially since I had no previous building experience whatsoever; not even RC aircraft. I learned to work on cars from my Dad, so at best, I was a weekend auto mechanic.
Nevertheless, we started building our RV-6A in the summer of 1995. I took to heart advice from Van himself; “You will need to change your life to build your aircraft in a reasonable amount of time.” In the garage, we had a sign that read, “Perseverance, more important than building skill, is required to finish this plane.”
I made sure that I worked on the plane every day and often worked ten hours on Saturday and Sunday. Victoria helped me whenever needed, and when she couldn’t, many friends pitched in.
After nearly 5 years and 3000 hours of building, our friend Norm Howell made the first flight on Father’s Day, June 2000. Since then, we fly our plane every chance we get and have logged over 4000 hours in it. We’ve landed in forty-nine of the United States, Canada, Mexico and numerous islands in the Caribbean Sea including Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Martinique, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. We’ve flown so much we wore out our first engine and replaced it with a new one.
I promise you that building and flying your own RV aircraft will change your life, and you will not be disappointed! Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more about our adventures. I wish you the very best in your decision to build an RV aircraft!!!!