ivor.phillips wrote:I have a XS tri gear and based at Lydd, also built her my self so if you need any information
Concerning what’s involved the feel free to PM me
Thanks Ivor! Have PM'd.
CloudHound wrote:I'd be inclined to look for a used or part finished project
I have also owned an RV-6A and a 7A and although they are wonderful machines my Europa with a fixed pitched prop cruises at 120kts at 5250 RPM and 130kts at 5500 RPM on 18 LPH of MOGAS. An RV would arrive before me but using at least 30 LPH of AVGAS
CloudHound wrote:So, where are you on this spectrum? I'd be inclined to look for a used or part finished project to have ready to fly next year; but that's me. If fellow forumites get you up in one and your enthusiasm to start yours from scratch is confirmed how long do you envisage building will take?
gyrotyro wrote:I have also owned an RV-6A and a 7A and although they are wonderful machines my Europa with a fixed pitched prop cruises at 120kts at 5250 RPM and 130kts at 5500 RPM on 18 LPH of MOGAS. An RV would arrive before me but using at least 30 LPH of AVGAS which is where the Europa scores for me. Also I can take the wings off and trailer it home for Winter work or even to a paint shop..
ivor.phillips wrote:One of the greatest pleasures was lining up for its first flight opening up the throttle and being amazed at how well it flew IMO it’s the nearest a man can be to giving birth
Big Dex wrote:I’m 6’ and 104kg, so also not small, but I still fly it comfortably from Manchester to the Med in half a day with a single fuel/customs stop. Mine’s at Barton, but I’d be happy to take you up in it.
Big Dex wrote:As mentioned, I’m a Europa owner; however if I were to be buying a new kit and building it myself, I would choose an RV over a Europa; I suspect the difference in build cost is minimal, the RV is probably a faster build (or around the same if bought flat pack), and the value of the finished product is worth best part of 2x as much.
Big Dex wrote:I figure build costs on a Europa would be of the order of:
£8k prop (airmaster is the only choice imho)
£10k paint, upholstery and finishing.
Worth comparing that with RV costs, even with import costs.
patowalker wrote:I'm just put off by shipping costs and duty charges
There is no import duty on aircraft parts, only VAT.