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Team X

Not your typical engineers

They’re not just engineers. They’re real homebuilders and pilots. Known collectively as Team X, they understand what it’s like to scrimp and save for the right radio, and what it’s like to place the last rivet in a wing. That’s why they’re so committed to creating solutions that are as capable as they are affordable. After all, they’re customers like you. Here are just a few of the guys who step up to answer your questions.

John

Group

Experimental Aviation Product Development

Plane

Van’s RV-9A

Area of Expertise

User interface

Why Team X?

I worked on the line service at a local airport during my senior year of high school. After high school my friend kept flying and I went on to school. He became a cool corporate jet pilot and I became a software engineer. Fast forward to 2005: one of my co-workers gave me a ride in his first RV. It was the most incredible ride I had ever had. I was hooked. My wonderful wife said that I had sacrificed plenty and that it was time for me to rekindle my dream of flying again. We started building our RV-9A in 2006.

Steve

Group

Experimental Aviation Product Development

Plane

Long-EZ

Area of Expertise

Flight test, software, installation, and web support

Why Team X?

I was building and flying RC airplanes and a Falcon ultralight airplane, and it seemed reasonable that if I wanted a full size airplane, I should build it. Additionally, I never wanted to have to pay someone else to work on my plane. Since joining Team X, I’ve become pretty good at irritating my coworkers by always adding lots of custom features to the software I fly in my G3X aircraft many of which are so experimental that they aren’t suitable for anyone but me.

Lee

Group

Aviation Technical Publications

Plane

Van’s RV-7

Area of Expertise

Installation, pilot documentation, IFR operations

Why Team X?

My dad brought a copy of Kitplanes Magazine home for me when I was about 15 years old. I was immediately captivated by the notion of owning and flying my own homebuilt aircraft and have been dreaming of becoming mature enough to embark on such a journey ever since. I figured about two years ago that I am as mature as I will ever be, so I might as well get started on an RV-7.

Matt

Group

Experimental Aviation Product Development

Plane

Van’s RV-7

Area of Expertise

Flight test, display software,
systems interfacing

Why Team X?

When I was in college I ran into guys who owned these cool little planes with mysterious names like “Rans”, “Lancair” and “RV.” It was an eye-opening experience to learn that those “homemade airplanes” had higher performance, better equipment and cost less to maintain. I sold my factory-built airplane and bought a finished RV-9A, which I flew for a few years before deciding to go all the way and place an order for a RV-7 kit. It hasn't gone quite as quickly as I'd hoped, but I know that when I'm finished I’ll have a one-of-a-kind custom airplane that's set up exactly the way I want.

Tim

Group

Aviation Product Support

Plane

Still dreaming

Area of Expertise

Interfacing certified systems with
the G3X, G900X support

Why Team X?

I was asked by my supervisor to help support the G900X and my love of experimental aircraft blossomed from there. I really enjoy the interaction with customers, as well as the unique challenges each aircraft presents.

Joe

Group

Experimental Aviation Product Development

Plane

Van's RV-7A

Area of Expertise

ADAHRS, Aircraft Flight Control Systems

Why Team X?

What drew me to work on the experimental market was the desire to actually own and fly an aircraft with the avionics I helped to design and build. There’s also something about bringing cutting edge technology to pilots like me at a price “normal” people can afford.