The Ground Up
From the Ground Up
is TV’s only show dedicated to the homebuilding and restoration of airplanes.
The show that introduces America to the personal aircraft movement begins
its first season with the RV-8. The series covers the building of the aircraft
literally from the ground up, starting with a homebuilder working in his
garage! This series will help answer all of those questions that every
first-time homebuilder will want to know!
on the Episodes section to read briefs on each one of the videos:
1-3: (Introductory overview; Tail Construction, Riveting; Wings) SOLD
4-6: (Connecting wings to fuselage; Surface and flaps; Interior) SOLD
7-9: (Electronics; Firewall Forward; Plumbing and Exhaust) SOLD OUT!
10-13: F13475 (Canopy/Landing Gear; Paint Prep; Inspection; 1st Flight)
1 demystifies the homebuilding process and introduces the RV-8, a project
that From the Ground Up will follow for 13 episodes. Expert builder
Joe Schumacher offers his inside tips on getting started, while co-host
Mark Annick asks the questions every first-time homebuilder will want answered.
Follow the pair as they visit a homebuilder working in his garage. Get
a feel for space and time constraints, and an appreciation for the process.
We'll also take a look at the tools needed as well as the costs involved.
On Episode 2 of From
the Ground Up, the tail section of the plane comes together. RV inventor
Dick VanGrunsven stops by the hangar to give some quick advice. Co-host
Joe Shumacher demonstrates the basic riveting technique we’ll need to know
in order to build the majority of this metal aircraft. Mark Annick and
Joe assemble and install the rudder, elevator and stabilizers of the tail
On Episode 3 of From
the Ground Up, we construct the RV-8 wings. Mark Annick gets to the
bottom of Bernoulli’s Principle of flight. We learn a unique way to rivet
the wing skin together, called bucking. Using one of Joe’s helpful timesaving
hints, we attach the wing’s control surfaces.
4 of From the Ground Up, our RV-8 earns its wings as co-hosts
Mark Annick and Joe Schumacher level and attach the wings to the fuselage.
Care and diligence is the key as the all important rear spar is bolted
in place- even a fraction of an inch difference can effect flight performance.
With the wings firmly bolted, we explore customizing options available
to the homebuilder. An off-site visit delves into the restoration side
of homebuilding as we talk to TBD about restoring his/her magnificent TBD.
We'll learn how an old plane comes back to life while still retaining its
On Episode 5 of From
the Ground Up, Mark Annick climbs into the cockpit and takes
control. Co-host Joe Schumacher guides us through the installation of control
panels and builds the all-important push-pull tube. By the end of the episode
the rudder, elevator, ailerons and flaps will all be in working order.
On Episode 6 of From
the Ground Up, hosts Joe and Mark build and install the aircraft’s
interior. We weigh the various interior options every builder must consider.
Joe demonstrates his interior painting and fabric covering secrets. Mark
sits inside cockpit history, when he visits a B-17 restoration.
7 of From the Ground Up follows the selection process of the
radio and other flight instruments while discussing how the homebuilder
can let his/her individuality shine during this phase of construction.
An instrument panel is made and instruments are installed and then panel
is then wired into the cockpit. Special attention is given to the option
or hiring an electrician if this project feels too "risky" for a homebuilder.
Episode 8 of From
the Ground Up explores the most expensive part of any homebuilt project
– the engine. Joe and Mark discuss various engine and propeller options.
We visit the facility where we see our project’s engine being assembled
from scratch. Then, we take the engine back to the hangar to install it
in our RV project.
On Episode 9 of From
the Ground Up host Mark Annick visits homebuilder HG Frautschy in his
hangar and discuss his historically accurate restoration of a Aeronca Super
Chief. When we return to the hangar Joe Schumacher will lead Mark through
the plumbing and exhaust systems of the RV8.
the Ground Up uses
10 to explore canopy and landing gear options for the RV8 and to introduce
the viewers to a fiberglassing method of construction. Episode 10 was fraught
with challenges as time and construction issues weighed heavily on our
On Episode 11, the
parts we so carefully put together in previous episodes come off. We disassemble
our plane for painting, teach you a trick for painting the stripes and
even paint the screws before the plane goes back together.
Inspection time! A DAR (designated
airworthiness representative) stops by the hangar to inspect our work.
Joe and Mark talk with the representative about inspection guidelines,
rules and regulations before we turn our attention to our own project the
RV8. We expect some criticism but will we have any major repairs in Episode
Episode 13 and our
plane is finished and ready to take to the skies, for the first time. We
have literally built this plane from the ground up and those who have watched
the series have seen our RV8 slowly come together. On this episode Joe
Schumacher will take down the runway for some taxi tests before a first
flight is attempted. If all goes well and conditions are right we will
be flying our plane for the first time.