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EAA Chapter 1298 Brooksville, Florida ( KBKV )
Builder Joseph D. Rhodes - Kit # 120400  

This Site will document the building of Aircraft  N7944A Vans Kit # 120400

Received My RV12 Empennage kit on 07-02-10

RV -12   Homebuilt 2 - Place
Wing Span 26' 9"
Length 20' 5"
Empty Weight 877 lbs.
Gross Weight 1320 lbs.
Jabiru Gen 4 3300 120 HP
Propeller Whrl Wind
Cruise ( 75% @ 2,800 rpm ) 131 mph
Stall Speed 48 mph
Takeoff Distance 700
Landing Distance 525'
Rate of Climb 1100 fpm
Ceiling 14,500'
Present stage of Construction Photo 01/24/22

DAR Inspected on 05/11/22 -  All went well
Airworthiness Certificated Issued
Thanks to all for the help from my EAA Chapter members at 1298
Builder Note:  Construction Sequence of this kit was adjusted to allow
 for Priming, Alterations and Wing Fuel Tanks.
Empennage Kit
Kit Arrives 07/02/10
Wing Kit

Started after Finish Kit

Kit Arrives 04/28/14

Start Right Wing 02/05/15

Photo 03/07/15

Fuselage Kit 

Kit Arrives 06/28/12

Finish Kit

Kit Parts Arrive 06/22/13

I only ordered the parts of the Finish Kit that I will use.

Photo 5/29/15

Canopy Video
MP4 File

From the Remote

Alarm On and Off
 Canopy lock and unlock
Canopy open and close

The alarm will send a alert
to the remote when activated
up to two miles
The canopy will also open by hand if you don't want to use the lift

The lift will hold the canopy open
a few inches to allow airflow
from the prop in hot weather

The three switches at the bottom left in the panel photo below are.
canopy lock - unlock
canopy open - close
alarm on - off
Power Plant
Gen 4 Jabiru 3300
 Arrives 01/25/18

First Engine Start 9/13/18

 Start 12/15/14
Start 04/23/18
Desk top Flight Simulator
My project back in the 60's

1930 FORD
B/A 444

1/4 mile 9.25 146 mph
Overhead Cam 301 Small Block Chevy

Thanks to good friends
Machinist / helper Jerry Capps
Painter / helper Ron Sokol

I learned a lot from these two guys,
Thanks for the memories

Engine Chassis Race Day
History   Sold

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