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Old 05-19-2022, 07:31 AM
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Default Post-build blues

After two intense years of building my RV-9a, things are winding down. If I get my A/W certificate in three weeks it will be back to flying as usual. What advice do former builders give? I am not a gifted builder so being a repeat offender doesnít make sense. Certainly I will stay active on VAF as I keep my plane safe and flying. I really want to thank Doug for this forum, as it certainly keeps the Vanís fellowship/comraderie afloat. Maybe work towards an AP certificate like Bruce Hill and Paul Dye? Or running like Steve Melton? Or paw rescue and Young Eagles? It will be an adjustment. Mainly my wife doesnít want me hanging around the house. 🛫. Fuel prices may not allow me to fly as much as Vlad, but lots of x country sounds good.😊
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Old 05-19-2022, 08:28 AM
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Build a cloth wrapped plane. Learn a new set of skills.
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Old 05-19-2022, 08:30 AM
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Find a local builder that needs help - and make a new friend as a bonus.

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Old 05-19-2022, 09:02 AM
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Default VAF retirement plan

Well, it seems the VAF retirement plan is...

wait for it....

build an RV 15!

no fancy interior, no doors, 2 Garmin G5's, heavy coat in winter, and fishing poles in the back.
John S

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Dues paid 2022, worth every penny

RV9A- Status:
98% done, 2% left to go
Structure done (less gear)
Electrical/Panel done
Firewall Forward 95% done
Fiberglass 90%
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Old 05-19-2022, 09:11 AM
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Do another kind of transportation, car kits are fun or a boat:
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F-18/F-5/F-16, AH-1/UH-1/CH-53/CH-46, C-130/AN-2
RV-7 complete with all the gadgets
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Old 05-19-2022, 09:22 AM
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It is an interesting phenomena. I devoted full time for 2 1/2 years to building an 8. I didnít enjoy building as much as others seem to but itís hard to replace the activity level that building provided.
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Old 05-19-2022, 09:35 AM
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Yep, the empty shop syndrome is real and has to be addressed in some fashion if sanity is to be maintained, too many acquired skills to let go to waste......
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Old 05-19-2022, 02:58 PM
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What great ideas and posts. The RV-15 does sound really interesting- maybe more of a full reveal at Oshkosh. 👍
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:16 PM
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I’ll buy the kit and you can build me a new 8. I wont even charge you.
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Old 05-19-2022, 05:30 PM
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You're fooling yourself if you think you're ever really "done".....
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