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RV-12iS Project Update - Vertical Stabilizer - Part 1 - VansAircraftBuilders.com
We started working on the vertical stabilizer and tried out "the wedge", using our new Milwaukee M12 cordless pop riveter. Very nice! The RV-12iS shown in the beginning of the video was built by high school students in McKinney, Texas.
GoPros & Grass Strips - Fun in a Cessna 172 - VansAircraftBuilders.com
We as Aircraft Builders, need to take time and get out and fly, just as reminder of how great it will be one day to fly an Airplane that we built ourselves. Today we flew into Cedar Mills Airport (3T0) in Gordonville, Texas . A beautiful and well-kept grass strip worth checking out. Just a short walk to the Pelican's Landing Waterfront Restaurant.
Pat Longs Hatz Classic Experimental Aircraft - From Fabric to Flight! Keep on Building! - VansAircraftBuilders.com
Inspiration! See Pats beautiful Hatz Classic Experimental Aircraft, built right in his garage. From Fabric to Flight!
Van's Aircraft RV-12iS - Milwaukee M12 Cordless Riveter Gun for Pop Rivets - VansAircraftBuilders.com
This video is about the New Wireless Milwaukee Pop Rivet Gun M12, along with a comparison to the a traditional pneumatic Pop Rivet tool. See the Milwaukee M12 Wireless Pop Riveter.
Van's Aircraft RV-12iS - Organization Labeling for Parts Cabinet - VansAircraftBuilders.com
Here's a quick tutorial on label making for a Parts Cabinet purchased from Lowes.
Van's Aircraft RV-12iS Tail Kit Inventory - VansAircraftBuilders.com
It's time to check our order to make sure that all the parts are there.
Vans Aircraft RV-12iS Unboxing - VansAircraftBuilders.com
Watch as we unbox an RV-12iS from Van's Aircraft. This is an exciting time, to build an actual Airplane!
Sound Proofing a Compressor - Van's Aircraft Builders - VansAircraftBuilders.com
This video shows how we built our own soundproofing box for our shop air compressor. This really makes for happy neighbors, and spouses!
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