RV-8 Fastback

img_4793.jpgThis website details my adventures in aviation to include the building of a Van’s Aircraft RV-8, a single engine, two seat, tail-wheel, fully aerobatic, and cross country capable plane that strives to achieve “Total Performance.” This blog exists as a way to share my experiences with friends, family, and other builders. Building a plane is a huge undertaking, and this site is my opportunity to pass it forward.

Current Update as of March 20, 2018:  I’m currently working on the canopy skirt, after completing the majority of the fuselage, empennage and wings. Recent work has focused on the canopy skirt finishing and latch installation. I am fully detailing all the work required for the Show Planes Fastback Build in a separate page. Check it out here. 

Work towards the build has been very slow lately due to the purchase of a new home and significant amounts of flight training. In this interim, I have completed my tailwheel endorsement, CFI, CFI-I, Commercial Multi-Engine Add-on and my MEI. I also recently started training in a Robinson R-22. I completed my Rotorcraft-Helicopter Private Pilot Add-on and will be continuing through with instrument and commercial add-ons. I am also now separating my index pages into various topics. All my flight activities, to include helicopter training, can be found here.



Helicopter Private Pilot Add-On (12/4/2018) - Completion of my helicopter private pilot add-on check ride.
Multi-Engine Instructor (3/20/2018) - Completed my Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) check ride in a Grumman Cougar (GA-7)
Helicopter Intro (3/15/2018) - Introduction before starting my commercial helicopter add-on in a Robinson R-22.
Fastback 62 (12/15/2017) - Sanding and shaping of instrument panel to canopy skirt fillets.
Commercial Multi-Engine Add-On (12/5/2017) - Completed my Commercial Airplane Multi-Engine Add-On Checkride.
Distractions (12/5/2017) - Building a barn and a new workshop for the plane has taken me away from the hangar. But it will make for better progress in the long run once I move the plane back here.
Fastback 61 (10/10/2017) - Multiple shop sessions. Fiberglassing exterior of canopy, fairing exterior, interior cleanup and fairing, instrument access cover work.


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