Builders share their successes.


Richard and Sissy Kincaid’s RV-12

Our Van’s RV-12 E-LSA was completed September 2018. I am a first-time builder, and it took three years to build working weekends only. The plane sports dual Garmin G3X EFISes and an autopilot.

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Andreas Meisser’s Pulsar XP

Pulsar XP, serial number 404, made its maiden flight on May 18, 2013, after quite a long period of building. Since then, the logbook contains more than 350 trouble-free flight hours, many flown outside Switzerland throughout Europe.

Basel, Switzerland

Steven Gross’ RV-9A

My USCG-themed RV-9A was completed from a slow-build kit, although I did get a jump-start buying 90% completed wings from Ravi Thakker, another RV-9A owner. The plane is all Garmin, all glass, IFR, with oxygen, and a Lycoming IO-320 and a three-blade fixed-pitch Catto prop. From delivery of the first kit to test flight was 25 months. Final paint came three months later.

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When I started building, I was not a pilot. Flight training paralleled the building process. I received my private two days before the commencement of flight testing. Dave Hirshman of AOPA mentored me through the first steps of flight testing.

N1119A has flown about 70 hours, and it’s already been to the beaches of Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and North Carolina, and it has completed cross-country trips to Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. It cruises comfortably at 150 knots at 11,000 feet burning around 6 gph. What’s not to love?

Rockville, Maryland


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