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Back From Oshkosh 2018

Posted by on August 10, 2018 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (6)

Kathy and I had a great Oshkosh again.  I was up Sunday thru Saturday with a quick flight home Wednesday night and a flight back with Kathy on Thursday morning.

I've had trouble posting so if this one goes through I will post more details later along with an update of my RV-14 adventures.

To the airport!

Posted by on May 17, 2017 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (3)

Wow, the middle of May and...

   Both the RV-14A fuselage and the Sonex are at there new home at C56

   I've got 8 hours of transition training completed

   Got my high performance endorsement

   Got a flight review completed

   Wings ready to move to the airport and on the plane this coming Sunday

   I have my BasicMed completed, so with the high performance endorsement I'm legal to fly the 210hp RV-14A

What a fun plane to fly. My 8 hours flying Van's RV-14A in Oregon were wonderful. It's a rocket. Now all I need to do is the finish up tasks and get my airworthiness certificate.  Still on track for a first flight in June

Bob Meyers

Flying Sonex N982SX. Web Site Index

Building RV-14 N626KM. Web Site Index

Getting exciting now!

Posted by on March 15, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

As of the first week in March I have the prop mounted and the engine installation is complete on my RV-14A.

I have a number of non building tasks planned or completed already. I have decided to move the 14 to C56 (in Monee IL) instead of KGYY (Gary IN). I think I will probably end up moving the Sonex from Gary to there instead of the other way around. The hanagers are nicer and have remote control heat. Heat didn't matter with the Sonex since I don't fly it much in the winter, but the 14 will get much more winter use. The hangers also are bigger and fitting both in the one hanger will be much easier. I will move mid April to early May.

I have scheduled transition training with a CFI who flies a 14 for the second week of May. He flies out of Oregon, so I will have to go to the west coast for a few days. I had planned on going to a guy on the east coast but he has taken a new job and is moving and unable to provide transition training anymore.

My insurance is also all ready to go. The quote was very reasonable on price and requirements for initial training.

I also scheduled my physical with my doctor for May 4th. He has looked over the Basic Med form he will need to sign and said he would be happy to sign it. Basic Med gives me everything I want without the hassle of a third class medical. However, unless Canada opts to allow US pilots with Basic Med to fly into their airspace I will not be able to fly the plane to Alaska, which was a long term plan.

I still have quite a bit to detail items to complete on the plane but it is substantially finished at this point.

First flight by or in June!

Bob Meyers


 Flying Sonex N982SX. Web Site Index

 Building RV-14 N626KM. Web Site Index




Parts, parts and more parts!

Posted by on August 2, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A lot has happened since April.

I am now swimming in parts.  The engine, firewall forward kit, avionics, wiring, landing gear and big pieces of fiberglass.

The good news is that it is all fitting together nicely and the RV-14A  build is coming along nicely.  I'm targeting the end of September to move to the airport with a first flight anytime about 3 to 4 weeks after that.  November 2016?

I put it in writing so it is unlikely to occur.  I just got back from Airventure which always help to push the work output so maybe I'll make it.

In Sonex news, my Sonex was out of commission for about a month so I didn't fly it to Airventure. The first time in five years I didn't fly in. Kathy and I drove up on Tuesday and also attended on Wednesday. Had a grand time as usual.

The Sonex was down because the little trigger magnet in the secondary ignition system flew out of its hole. My repair did not work so I had to get a new one and then had to retime the ignition. It takes several flights to get it right and I did not have it done in time to fly up.

Back to work on the 14.

Bob Meyers


Flying Sonex N982SX. Web Site Index

Building RV-14 N626KM. Web Site Index


How about an update.

Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Kathy and I flew into Clow for breakfast last week. I wanted to check out the new runway and Kathy wanted to check out where Chicago Center is in Aurora. Our son is an enroute controller in LA Center and he is transfering to Chicago Center next January. Kathy is helping him figure out where he is going to live.

I thought the new runway was terrific. Taxing was not an issue as the transition to the raised and leveled runway was gentle enough.  Breakfast at Charlie's was fun. Kathy had never been there.

Later in the week I received my finishing kit from Van's. This kit has the landing gear, engine mount, cowling and canopy. It also has a lot of misc interior pieces. I will order the engine and prop along with the firewall forward items soon.

When Kathy agreed to the plane, she had one condition. This time it had to have real seats instead of just the uncovered foam pads I have in the Sonex. They are now on order, along with the seat belts. Mission accomplished!

Back to building!

Bob Meyers

Flying Sonex N982SX. Web Site Index

Building RV-14 N626KM. Web Site Index

Six month update.

Posted by on March 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been six months since I posted last.

I didnt get to Crossville for the Sonex flyin that was mostly weathered out again. I have had some flying activities however. In November, I had my flight review with fellow chapter member and Sonex builder(sold for a share in a Pitts!) Dan Walton.

I did have the plane out a few times over the winter but not much. Looking forward to the warmer weather coming up.

i have gotten a lot of building done on the RV-14A. The fuselage is mostly done and the finishing kit is expected in April. I have met a fellow RV-14A builder who has just moved his project to the Chicago area from New York. He helped me do some of the initial riveting of the fuselage and tail cone joint.

I also had help on the new plane from another EAA member I've met through my talks at the Great Lakes Sonex flyin at Clow, southwest of Chicago.  He helped me finish up some tough rivets on the fuselage section and assisted finishing the rivets on the fuselage and tail cone joint.

Bob Meyers

2015 Activity

Posted by on September 13, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I thought I would add a new post as a lot has happened since the last one in February of 2014.

The Sonex is still flying great and I have over 350 hours on the HOBBS meter. It's been to two Airventures since the last post but I was weathered out of the ASA flyin at Crossville TN in 2014.  I hope to make the 2015 event in about a month.

Speaking of Airventure.  In the last post I see that I failed to mention that Kathy and I decided to build another plane! At the 2013 Airventure we ordered an RV14A.  As of today I have finished the wings, the tail feathers and the aft fuselage.

The fuselage kit was delivered 9/10/15, just a couple of days ago. All the inventory has been accounted for and put away and I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the plane done.


Bob Meyers

Flying Sonex N982SX. Web Site Index

Building RV-14 N626KM. Web Site Index


2013 Wrap up

Posted by on February 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been almost a year since I posted here. I had a lot of great flying last year including another trip to Crossville TN for a Sonex flyin in October 2013. We had 40 Sonex aircraft attend. It was the largest gathering yet of Sonex aircraft.

Kathy wasn't able to fly with me much this summer but we had one great day together.  We got out early on a gorgeous day and flew to Davenport Iowa.

Kathy loves to look at rivers from the air so we flew out low and followed several rivers including the Rock river. Then we did some flying along the Mississippi at 3000' before refuelling and a leg stretch in Davenport. On the way back we headed for an early lunch at Rochelle and then sat around and watched the sky divers before heading home to Gary.

I flew N982SX up to Oshkosh again for AirVenture. While there, Kathy and I decided to build another plane - an RV-14.  I got a demo flight and we ordered the available kits. That plane is well underway in the garage.

It was time for my flight review in Novermber so chapter member Dan Walton went up with me and signed me off. He enjoyed being back in a Sonex now that his is sold. Dan also took me up in his Pitts this year which was a real treat.

It's now the end of February and I haven't been up since December 28 because of the snow and the cold. It also doesn't look like the weather is going to break soon either.  The itch to fly is going to need to be scratched soon!

Bob Meyers


Flying Sonex N982SX. Web Site Index

Building RV-14 N626KM. Web Site Index

Got some flying in over the winter

Posted by on May 4, 2013 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This winter I was able to get some flying in, unlike the last two.  I made myself a nice little engine preheater that raised the engine oil temp 40 degrees above ambient in an hour.  It is made with a small 1800 watt electric heater from home depot along with some air ducting attached to it.

I got up in January and February for several times.  I've put on about 20 hours since December including a bunch in April so I have a good start on the flying season.

I've also done some work on the airplane that I reported at the chapter meetings.  I finished the build out of the cargo box area and a neat divider panel to keep anything from falling out of the box into the aft fuselage area.

This blog area stopped working for me last year after the two posts I made.  Now that it seems to be working again I'll try and post more.

Bob Meyers

Sonex N982SX


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