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Last Updated: 11.14.05

 FAQs from Family & Friends (Warning... severe sarcasm ahead)

Are you building a real airplane, or a model?
Are you crazy... You are actually going to fly that thing?!
Why not buy an already built airplane?
What is it made out of?
How fast will it go?
How high will it go?
How far will it go?
How many seats will it have?
Are you going to take Sonoma (dog) flying?
How long will it take to build?
How much will it cost?
Where did you learn to do this stuff?


 FAQs from Pilots or Other/Prospective Builders (A sarcasm reduced zone)

Why tip-up?
What engine are you going to put in it?
Why a tailwheel?
Why and RV-7 not a 9?
What primer do you use?
Have you thought about avionics?



Are you building a real airplane, or a model?   [TOP]
It is a real honest to goodness airplane with wings, seats, propeller, silk scarf, leather helmet, and more.


Are you crazy... You are actually going to fly that thing?!   [TOP]
I prefer sanity-challenged, and yes, I am going to fly it as often as possible. I may even ask you if you want to go for a ride.


Why not buy an already built airplane?   [TOP]
Been-there-done-that, besides this one will go faster, higher, and perform better.


What is it made out of?   [TOP]
Money! No really, aluminum.


How fast will it go?   [TOP]
With any luck, over 200MPH.


How high will it go?   [TOP]
High enough… over 20,000 feet if I wanted to.


How far will it go?   [TOP]
Over 700 miles on a full tank (depending on wind conditions).


How many seats will it have?   [TOP]
Two with room for about 100 pound of luggage.


Are you going to take Sonoma (dog) flying?   [TOP]
I am not sure, it can be dangerous taking a dog flying, besides we don't have a leather helmet that fits her.


How long will it take to build?   [TOP]
It depends on how often you come over to help or how much money you send me for Christmas, but probably about 2000 hours or 3-4 years.


How much will it cost?   [TOP]
You don't want to know. Come to think of it... *I* don't want to know.


Where did you learn to do this stuff?   [TOP]
Here and there. I took a sheet metal class, read a few books, but the instructions are pretty good and there is a large community of other builders that I can use as a resource.


Why tip-up?   [TOP]
1) The visibility is superior. 2) It looks better (IMHO).


What engine are you going to put in it?   [TOP]
Not sure yet, but if money were no object, I would put an IO-390 up front. One thing is for sure, I want 200HP or more.


Why a tailwheel?   [TOP]
It looks better and I like flying tailwheel aircraft.


Why and RV-7 not a 9?   [TOP]
The speed and agility is superior. Please no nasty-grams from the 9 drivers out there.


What primer do you use?   [TOP]
PPG DP48LF 2-Part Epoxy. It is a pain in the butt, it smells, but it is tough stuff.


Have you thought about avionics?   [TOP]
Yes. Oh you want to know more, sorry. Right now, I am leaning towards a Dynon EFIS, a Garmin 396 GPS coupled to a SL30 Nav/Comm, and a Garmin GTX330 Transponder. I am also eyeing the Advanced Flight Systems AF-2500 Engine Monitor, but after that I haven't thought about it much.