These pages record the construction of my Van’s RV14 aeroplane from a kit of parts. The kit is produced by Van’s Aircraft of Oregon, USA. My name is Steve Hicks, and I’m an airline captain living in Shropshire, UK.


My lifelong friend Tim Nicholas, a professional helicopter pilot, is also providing invaluable help during the building. We have shared flying adventures for more than 40 years, owning a Hang Glider, a Highway Demon Skytrike microlight,  a Streak Shadow and now a Jodel D120.

During the preparation and continued research for this project I have very much appreciated browsing other builder’s web sites, providing a wealth of information and inspiration. I hope these pages will provide similar help … but please remember that there may well be different or better ways to accomplish the various tasks.