BUILDER SUPPORT INFO & MAILING LISTS/FORUMS
is my collection of links to mailing lists and other RV builder support
sites. Be sure to also check my Other
RV Builders page for more builders' resources and info listed there. See also the
at Van's for lots of builder's sites and other good links.
For info my experiences with, and ratings of, various vendors, see my
vendors page. If you're searching for info
on Eggenfellner problems, see my engine
Van's Air Force - for all Van's models. Now in modern software format; no more Yucky Yahoo. This has become THE BIG list where everyone goes. It's a super resource. Unfortunately, it's quite heavily moderated; any info posted about a vendor that's even slightly negative will be removed. Run by Doug Reeves. For more resources on this site, see the home.
Matronics RV list home page - Matt Dralle has LOTS of lists, including separate lists for all RVs and for each RV model, as well as many other makes of aircraft. He also has a couple non-aircraft lists, such as Corvette and a couple others. This is also the home of the famous AeroElectric list. This site also has a good archive search engine. This is another BIG list, with lots of subscribers, and no moderators zapping people's postings. Here is the weekly RV list by thread. And HERE is the RV list in an online bulletin board format (as opposed to the emails from the list server)
RV Builder's Hotline - Bob Collins' weekly newsletter with lots of RV building tips
Boston RV Builders Group - as the name says. A Yahoo Group
Glenn Brasch's RV Airspace - forums for the RV crowd
Rivet Bangers - another RV list using modern web forum software. See the home for more resources.
HomeBuiltAirplanes - covering ALL types of homebuilt planes
Subaru Aircraft - a censored Yahoo group owned by Eggenfellner Aircraft Subaru engines. Provides a sugar-coated discussion of Eggenfellner's products. You'll be banned if you criticize Eggenfellner or his products, ask tough questions, or try to talk about the many, many problems people have had and continue to have with the engines. The fact that there are at least 3 other Yahoo Groups (each started and owned by a different Eggenfellner customer) focusing on providing uncensored resolutions to the problems with Eggenfellner's products and support should tell you something.
Eggenfellner Aircraft STi owners - home for Eggenfellner STi owners to freely discuss and resolve engine problems that the factory won't help with, without having to deal with Jan Eggenfellner & his quirks. A Yahoo Group.
Eggenfellner Aircraft H6 owners - home for Eggenfellner H6 owners to freely discuss and resolve engine problems that the factory won't help with, without dealing with Jan Eggenfellner & his quirks. A Yahoo Group.
Subenews - This is an independent group dedicated to owners of Eggenfellner Subaru firewall-forward engine packages. The group's owner is Pete Krok, Editor of the Subenews Newsletter. The purpose of the group is to exchange ideas and valuable technical information to make flying with these engines safer. Information gathered through use of this web site will be consolidated and posted on the Subenews.com web site. A Yahoo Group.
Blue Mountain Avionics - for & about BMA EFIS - not a Yahoo group
GRT_EFIS - about Grand Rapids Technologies EFIS and EIS systems. A Yahoo Group, not run by GRT
Dynon - Dynon's support group
PILOTFRIEND - this is a site I found. It isn't a builder's site, but it is a resource of all sorts of good info, links, data for builders and pilots.
RV Forums - now it's just the archived messages from the old Van's Air Force list
RV7 or RV7A Group - unmoderated - very little activity any more. See Van's Air Force above
RV7A Group - another Yahoo group for RV builders
RV Squadron - for RV builders in the UK
RV Quick Build - a Yahoo group for Quick Build kit customers. Not much traffic
Airsoob list - another generic Subaru engine Yahoo group. Not much traffic
Flysoob list - another generic Subaru engine Yahoo group. Not much traffic
E-Subie Forum - yet another generic Subaru engine Yahoo group, moderated, focusing on discussing specific things about NSI, Crossflow, Eggenfellner, and other aircraft Subaru topics. Not much traffic
Innodyn Turbine - about the Innodyn (formerly ATP) turbine engine. Unfortunately, like the engine itself, this Yahoo list is pretty much defunct. Also, see my engine page for more details on Innodyn, NSI, Crossflow, Eggenfellner engines
Mike Stewart - all sorts of other good info to download; just about ALL Garmin manuals, POH, flight test procedures, IFR tests, inspection checklist, formation flying info, etc
The bible for aircraft building is FAA AC 43.13, available in print from various vendors like Avery and ACS (Aircraft Spruce), and available as a series of PDF files from the FAA. Be sure to also get the March 3, 2008 AC 43.13-2B update HERE.
The bible for electrical work is Bob Nuckolls' "Aeroelectric Connection" book, available directly from Bob's web site, or from various vendors, such as SteinAir. Greg Richter, of Blue Mountain Avionics, wrote "Aircraft Wiring For Smart People", available as a free download from the BMA site.
See NASA Workmanship Standards HERE, and especially the the NASA wiring workmanship standards HERE.
Click HERE to read an important document on Mickey Coggins' web site about how to torque bolts and especially how to torque the new TTY Torque To Yield bolts.
HERE is a link to Mike Stewart's download page, with all sorts of other good info to download; just about ALL Garmin manuals, POH, flight test procedures, IFR tests, inspection checklist, formation flying info, etc
EXPERCRAFT - a source for your builder's log
PILOTFRIEND - a resource of all sorts of good info, links, data for builders and pilots.
Smitty's RV Resources page - lots of good info on sources for things RV builders need
HERE is a link to a site that has compiled a lot of Subaru engine info
updated May 19, 2008
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