The Lakes has landed & my RV7 is painted and complete,
Finally after some time, I have completed my Vans RV7
project and it is now painted - After a trip to Phoenix in America with
my brother Andy I have also purchased my next project, a Great Lakes (1930's
Mick Allen has painted my Vans RV7
Two and a half years after its arrival, more than 2,000 hours of work later,
I test flew for 25 hours before having the external paint, G-OVII (Go-7) is
I alway intended to have a professional paint my RV and Mick Allen was
the top of the list - I am so, so very pleased with the result. It is everything
I hoped and the quality is outstanding. I didn't want to spend all this money
building the RV and have a shabby looking aircraft.
I took the RV to Mick's on 2nd June. I stripped all the control surfaces,
covers, spats etc off. I had already agreed the design and just had to agree
the paint colours. Over the next four weeks (Mick was on holiday for a while)
Mick prepared the panels, primed and applied the three colours. We had a slight
delay getting the tail graphics just how I wanted, however it is done now
and I will be collecting the RV on Saturday 4th August after it has been inspected
To see pictures of the painting and the build visit my site go-7.co.uk
My New Project a GREAT LAKES 2T-1A-2
A while ago I discovered a Great Lakes bi-plane for sale in Phoenix Arizona.
It has always been my dream to own a Great Lakes but they are VERY rare in
the UK. There is only one flying - owned by my friend Robert - in the UK.
When I discovered 13L (Dreamcatcher) as a project Great Lakes needing a full
restoration within my budget I was very excited. However recent changes with
the UK and European aircraft regulation looked to have stopped the idea in
its tracks. After a lot of effort and comunications with the PFA (Popular
Flying Association), CAA (UK Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA (European
Aviation Safety Agency) in Cologne. I finally sorted out status the Great
Lakes could be operated in the UK. After a pricing excercise to check the
shipping and expected restoration costs, I made a call to my brother and he
was up for a trip to the USA to get the aircarft and pack into a container
for the trip back to the UK. It didn't go well!
Mark named this aircraft dreamcatcher, the name sums up what it meant to him,
I know that selling this has been a very tough decision for him and because
of that, meeting Mark and his family, experiencing their hospitality and knowing
what Dreamcatcher meant to him - it has made this a bitter-sweet experience
for me. I don't know what the final name will be, however, throughout the
restoration and as a tribute to a really nice guy, I am keeping the name of
Dreamcatcher and Mark will not be far from my mind in this project.
Great Lakes Performance/Specification...........
Never exceed - 153mph
Cruise - 120mph
Climb (sea level) - (IO-360)76.5mph
Rate of Climb (sea level) - 1150 ft/min
Service Ceiling - 17'000ft
Stall Speed - 56mph
Load Factor - +5.4 / -4.0G
Fuel Range - 3.8hr / 300miles
Fuel Capacity - 27.4 US Gal
Fuel Consumption 3.5-18.5 US Gal/hr
Gross Weight - 1800lb
Empty Weight(approx) - 1233lb
Max Baggage - 40lb
Wing Loading - 9.63il/sq.ft
Engine - Lycoming AEIO-360-B1G6
Propeller - Hertzell Constant Speed, HC-C2YK-4AF/FC7666A-2 (74" diameter)
EZ-Pilot - Auto-pilot coupled to GPS
Odyssey PC680 battery, B&C Backup Alternator
Backup instruments - Compass, Altimeter, Airspeed Indicator.
Shipping 13L from Phoenix
Andy and I landed in Phoenix late Tuesday 12th June and went straight to Mark's
house to view 13L. All was well and I authorised the bank payment. The following
day we started cataloguing and packing up the aircarft ready for the container
to arrive on the Friday. Friday arrived and we were prepared with the smaller
parts packed into crates and materials to secition the container to take the
four wings, fuselage, engine and all the parts. The container had not turned
up by late afternoon so I called the shippers and discovered there was a problem
and it was not going to arrive today. However I would have a container the
following day, Saturday. Saturday came and went without a container arriving.
I was unable to contact the shipper in the UK and only had the US agent acting
on their behalf to work with. There was no way they could get me a container
until Monday - great we were leaving on Monday! We left without the aircraft
in a container and a £285 mobile bill to boot. The full story will be
on new Great Lakes project
New Project website - Great Lakes 2T .co .uk.
I have created a new project website for the Great Lakes at www.
Great Lakes 2T.co.uk
This will be just like my Vans RV7 site (www.go-7.co.uk)
and will show the daily step by step process of me restoring this great aircraft.
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