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As of January 27, 2015 8,936 RV aircraft have been completed and flown!

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You will sometimes see the numbers of flying RVs on this list rise without a corresponding number of first flight reports from builders. Why?

Well, we learn of flying RVs in many different ways. Ideally, a builder will email us with a photo of his or her personal "RV grin". Sometimes, they call on the phone, which is great, but doesn't provide us with anything to publish on this web page. Sometimes, we find out incidentally; for example, when a customer calls to order new tires, and we wonder why someone who is still building (so far as we know) would need them. Or we may discover a first flight announcement on an RV web forum. On other occasions, we learn of a new batch of flying RVs from "RV factories" overseas, but without individual details.

We'd like to see more RV grins here, so send in the pictures of your new "baby", or we may never know of your success. Click the link below for how to do it.

 Submitting First Flight Reports

 

Click on the small photos to view a larger image

 

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Subject: First flight RV-8
From: Ashish Kapoor
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Date sent: Thu, 15 January 2015

Hi Cynthia (and folks at VANs),

I happy to report first flight for RV-8 (Builder Number 82731). It flew really nicely and thanks to Mike Seager's transition training, the first flight was uneventful.

I would specifically like to mention Axsys Air here in Seattle (they are builder instruction outfit, where I did my sheet metal course and kept the project). They wereincredibly helpful and perhaps this project would not be completed without them.

Thank you again for producing these wonderful airplanes. Attaching a couple of photographs from yesterday.

            

            Sincerely
            Ashish Kapoor

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Subject: RV 7 first flight
From: Tim Newsome
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Date sent: Mon, 19 January 2015

I thought I would inform you that my RV took to the air for its first flight on 1-16-15 at its home in southern California.

My name is Tim Newsome, customer # 71897 and it took about 2200 hours to build N213TP.

I can tell you that after flying the plane these first few hours, the plane is every bit as good as advertised and as awesome as I hoped it would be.

            Sincerely
            Tim Newsome

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Subject: RV-8A - N550EE - Flying
From: PETER M EIDAL
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Date sent: Fri, 16 January 2015

This is a Three-Pete! We completed our third RV (yeah, 2 RV-4's you already know about) an RV-8A.

Builder #82123. This is standard stuff with a Lycoming O-360 A1D and Hartzell constant speed prop. My instruments are wireless with 2 ipad minis displaying a Trutrak imonitor and Levil ihud.

            

            Thanks for a wonderful airplane!!!
            Pete & Dee

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Subject: RV-8 - 83115 - Flying
From: Robert Findlay
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Date sent: Mon, 12 Jan 2015

Just reporting that my RV8 project sn. 83115 had its first flight on
22nd December 2014 at Devonport aerodrome in Tasmania.

It has been under construction for nearly four years and I am proud of
the end result. I wish to thank Vans for a great design and excellent
kit. It was a pleasure to build and a big learning experience for
me.

After doing the transition training with Mike Seager in Oregon the
test flying has been straight forward. I have now completed over 12
hours in VH-YRF and it is performing as expected considering the wheel
fairings have yet to be fitted.

            

            Robert Findlay
            robertfindlay at icloud.com

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From: Bill Dicus
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First flight RV-8 N9669D
Date sent: Sat, 10 Jan 2015

N9669D (our Anniversary) finally got its Airworthiness Certificate 11/14/14 after 13 years of sporadic building and a lot of help from this site and other folks. Waited about three weeks for suitable weather with light winds and good ceiling/viz, temp. about 20 degrees. Acceleration on takeoff awesome and lifted off in about 5 seconds after full throttle. Initial climb 2500 fpm and still good rate at 140-150mph ias. Visibility superb and first landing was a greaser. CHT's low on #'s 1 and 2, addressed before 2nd flight with small air dams up front. Now all is good and CHT spread 10-14 degrees. Just need to get the Lycon IO-360 exp M1B (10:1 comp) broken in. Ken at Vans says I'll like the RV-8 even better after a few years, but that's going to be difficult! Garmin 430W, SL30, GMA340 and GTX330,TruTrak Pictorial turn and bank, round Alt, AS, VSI, g-meter, AFS and Dynon AOA's, Whelan strobes and LED leg, taxi lights. Tosten grips with electric elevator and aileron trim (ident, Transmit, freq switch and AP CWS on stick also). Weighed 1110 pounds (no pants, gear or intersection fairings, paint).Special thanks to Tom Stearman, Steve Raddatz, Randy Carson, Doug Woofter, Russ Kotlarek, Mike Schreiber, Dennis Millsap, Jeff Point and especially my wife Jane, who put up with having her car in the driveway for 11 cold and snowy Wisconsin winters. What a ride!

           Bill Dicus

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From: Andre Smit
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: My new RV9
Date sent: Thu, 8 Jan 2015

Hi All

Attached is my completed RV9 kit number 91877. It took me 5 years of great fun to build her. Thanks to Van’s for a great design and assistance during the build. A special thanks to Mr Noel Drew for all his help encouragement and advice .Thanks to Mr Craig Ralphs for all the time spent helping with the build

To my Wife Collen, thanks love for all the support in helping me reach my dream and may we have many hours of fun flying the RV around South Africa

The first flight went off exactly as per the plan and all the correct temperatures and speeds where achieved

I have flown a total of 50 hours with not one problem


           

           Thanks Again
           Andre Smit
           Amanzimtoti
           KZN
           South Africa

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From: Joe Tierney
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Wed, 7 Jan 2015

#73531 made its first flight on January 3 2015. N887PJ flew great! Thanks to my wife Pam for helping me achieve this goal.

                       

           Joe Tierney

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From: Donald Kennedy
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: RV-12 First Flight
Date sent: Thu, 01 Jan 2015

RV-12 number 120343 made its first flight at Santa Paula Airport, California on December 29th. The airplane flew beautifully. The equipment is standard ELSA; Dynon D-180 with autopilot and Garmin GPSMap 496.

           
           (Photo Craig Mailloux)

           Don Kennedy

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From: Brice Johnson
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: Serial # 90897 is flying
Date sent: Wed, 31 Dec 2014

Dear Vans Aircraft,
On February 8, 2014, serial #90897 first flew after 9 years of building.  Since then, I have flown it over 100 hours including its first trip to Oshkosh.  The plane is amazing!  The range of performance from the high end to the low end is better than I ever anticipated. I am looking forward to many new travels in this machine.  Attached are photos of the plane just after tie down at Oshkosh on Friday before the show, and the much storied RV Grin from first flight. 


                   


           Brice Johnson.

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From: Mauritz Muller
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First flight @ 10 Desember 2014 for 120422 - ZU-FYB
Date sent: Sun, 28 Dec 2014

Hi

@10 December 2014 RV12 ZU-FYB took to the air for the first time

Many thanks to Vans, Jan Hanekom for all the guidance and support, Andre Labuschagne for the paint and many hours of working with me, JP Snyman, my son Corne and my wife for her patience during the building process and lastly to Marc Gregson for doing the maiden flight.


           

           Kind regards
           Mauritz Muller

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From: Derek Hoeschen
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: RV-9A First Flight
Date sent: Wed, 24 Dec 2014

I am pleased to announce that after 2.5 years of Construction N803DK, RV-9A, Serial #92103, made its first flight on July 31st. 2014. Phase 1 is complete as of November 26th, 2014 and everything works and flies as advertised.
N803DK includes a Quick Build Fuselage, new Superior XO-320 from Aerosport Power, Garmin Dual Screen G3X from Steinair, complete interior from Classic Aero Designs and a Whirlwind ground adjustable propeller. I estimate about 1500 hours build time over 2.5 years and probably that much more in online research and purchases. Full Build is documented at www.mykitlog.com/dbro172 . Special thanks to Vans Aircraft, Vansairforce and its affiliated Vendors.

                   

           Derek Hoeschen

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From: William Wilson
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: S/N 73267 First Flight
Date sent: Tue, 23 Dec 2014

Vans Aircraft

Please crank the Hobbs meter over one more for the RV-7A aircraft.

On Dec 21, 2014, after six years on construction S/N 73267 (VH-RBA), at Wagga Wagga airport Australia created space, due to airspeed between terra firma and the wheels.
What a joy to fly, handles superbly, to put it into just a few words.

She is equipped with,
YIO-360-M1B fuel injected, constant speed engine fitted with dual P Mags
Hartzell blended airfoil prop
Dual Dynon SV-D1000 Skyview EFIS, along with two axis Dynon auto pilot and Dynon Mode S transponder
Dual ICOM A210 VHF radios
Classic Aero Design interior

                   

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Date sent: Sun, 14 Dec 2014
From: Hugh Waller
Subject: 1st flight
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

Hi,

Please add another RV-9A to your list. SN#90301 flew 14 dec 14 from KMJX in NJ.

Thanks to all at vans.

                                                      

           Regards,
           Hugh
           [ hwaller at optonline.net ]

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From: Jeff Mitchell
Subject: First Flight report - RV8
Date sent: Fri, 5 Dec 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

Hi Vans,

FYI, I carried out my first flight on my RV-8 (slow build) on 27 Oct 2014 from my home airport KDVT (Deer Valley Airport, Phoenix, AZ).


Overall the flight went very well and as of this note I have about 9 hours on the airplane.
It’s equipped with Dynon D100 EFIS, D120 EMS and a fuel injected 180 HP Lycoming (EXP) engine with dual P-Mags, and a Whirl Wind Constant Speed Prop. Empty weight (without paint) is 1083 LBS.

                                 

            Jeff Mitchell
           [jeffmitchell61 at gmail.com ]

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Date sent: Thu, 04 Dec 2014
From: Hank Moretti
To: Scott R at Vans Aircraft
Subject: Vans Aircraft First flight

 

After 15 years of building, RV-8 SN 81019, took to the air on Saturday , 11/29/14. from OQU in Rhode Island. The flight lasted (1) hour and there were no problems.

81019 is a day/night VFR airplane with a O-360A1D engine; Hartzel constant speed prop; Van's gages; 396 GPS; electronic international UBG-16 engine gage; Funkwerk transponder; ATS KRT 2 comm radio and a manual wing leveller. Weight 1111 lbs.

Interior ( seats, carpeting, stick boots and glare shield cover), were made by Abby at Flightline.

The (10) hours transitional training with Mike Seager was well worth it.

                                 

Hank Moretti
[hmoretti at verizon.net]

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From: Kirby Elliott
Date sent: Tue, 2 Dec 2014
Subject: First flight 40443 RV-10
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

July 19th 2013. IO-540. MT 3 blade prop. Thanks to

my wife, Connie, for all her help.

          

           Kirby Elliott
           [elliot225 at bellsouth.net]

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From: Margaret Serviss
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Mon, 1 Dec 2014

For your records, RV7A 73195 C-GWZE made its first flight at Langley, B. C. on November 30, 2014 at 3 P.M.

           George S. Serviss

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From: Tony
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First Flight RV-10 41114
Date sent: Mon, 17 Nov 2014

Hi to the wonderful staff at Vans,

A short note to let you know that RV10 41114, ZU-TCD, undertook her maiden flight in Port Elizabeth on 23 Sept 2014.

The team at Aircraft Assembly & Upholstery Centre helped to complete this aircraft belonging to Eugene Deschamps. The panel is made up of dual Dynon Skyviews, Garmin Com and Nav/com, Dynon autopilot with external knob panel.

We wish you many happy flying hours Ed!

Thank you to all at Vans yet again for the expert service and products.

           

           Sigi Bailes
           [ anthony at rvaircraft.co.za ]

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Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Wed, 12 Nov 2014
From: Pratt, David E.

VANS Team,

The first flight for my RV-9A was Oct-28-2014. Kit / Builder number 91580. I completed the project in 7 ½ years. N953E is powered by an IO 320-D1A with a Hartzell constant speed prop. Panel has two 10” Dynon Skyview with GPS, EMS, Transponder, & ADSB. Since I used a certified engine and prop combination my Phase One is only 25 hours. I have half of them flown and N953E flies as advertised and expected. Thank you for the great airplane.

           

           David Pratt
           Builder # 91580
           West Jordan, UT
           [ David.Pratt at va.gov ]

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From: Norman Joseph
Date sent: Sun, 9 Nov 2014
Subject: RV-9 #92003 First flight
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

On Friday November the 7th 2014 my RV-9, ZU-FUE flew for the first time after just over 3 years of part time work.

It has a Lycoming YIO-320 160 HP engine with a Hartzell constant speed prop. In the instrument panel there is a Dynon SV D1000 with autopilot and all the other necessary Dynon bits that go with it. The radio stack includes a Garmin SL30 and an SL40 with the GMA 240 Audio control panel.

The paint work and upholstery was done by Tony and Ziggi Bailes´ team at their Aircraft Assembly Company and they deserve a huge thank you.

I have to say a very big thank you to my mentor, Chalkie Stobbart, for more than just helping me on the build and also for putting up with my slow pace of work. I am also very indebted to his wife Maureen for allowing me to stay in her house at least once a month for 3 to 5 days for the last three years.

My family and friends that knew about the build were all very supportive and special thanks go to Wayne Elliot for doing some machining work for the build. Some colleagues of mine must also be thanked for bringing back to South Africa some components from the UK or the USA for the build.

Lastly, my wife Moira, who has been long suffering during my periods of absence must also get a huge thank you for being so supportive of this very big project. I have learnt a huge amount and am still learning every day that I deal with building and flying the RV. I now am proud to say that I have one very large RV Grin!!!

           

          Many thanks to VAN´s
          Norman Joseph
          South Africa
          [ chalkboy at telkomsa.net ]

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Date sent: Fri, 7 Nov 2014
Subject: 1st Flight RV-9A #90816
From: Greg Pyke
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

Nov 3 2014 @12:03 PST kit number 90816, N725GM flew for the 1st time at Thun field, Pierce County airport (PLU), and it was good. The emotion I felt on take-off roll reminded me of my first solo. While it did take me a while to complete the kit, it was worth it and yes I would do it again. My build philosophy was keep it simple and not to get carried away with all the gadgets out there.

Aero Sport O-320
fixed pitch prop
Dynon D100 and EMS D120
Dynon autopilot (did not originally plan on this, but it was so simple to add)
VFR day/night
simple interior
weight - 1050 lbs (nice round number) no paint or fairings yet

Great job on the kit Vans. Thanks to Mike Seager for the transition training. I can't imagine that you can get better training anywhere else. Thanks to my wife of 33 years who thought it would be a good family project. She did most of the riveting with me and the seat upholstery. It's fun looking at the photos from the build watching my kids grow up while they helped.

            

           Greg Pyke
           [ gapyke at gmail.com ]

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From: John McIlvenna
Subject: RV-12 120691
Date sent: Wed, 05 Nov 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

Today RV-12 120691 flew its first flight. Registered as an E-LSA N112J, it took off from KIWA the early morning of Nov 5, 2014 only to encounter unforecast winds of 03015G25 (rwy 12) upon return that resulted in a go around and diversion to nearby KCHD where we sat out out the winds, waited for a ride home and encountered several EAA types who gave it the twice over!

It has a left banking tendency at max throttle, but flys perfectly hands off during base and final in calm conditions. I have a slightly worrisome high (yet green) right EGT that needs a little investigating.

The video link is the second flight taken by former RV-8 builder Charlie Wambolt at KCHD as I was beating sunset to make the 5 mile flight home to the hangar.   https://vimeo.com/111068672

Thanks to Vans for making an airplane that I can build and fly.

           John McIlvenna
           Phoenix, AZ
          [ johnmcilvenna at me.com ]

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From: Johannes Klement
Date sent: Tue, 4 Nov 2014
Subject: Maiden Flight # 72352
To: Barbara at Van's

It´s a pleasure to inform you of my maiden flight of my RV-7A on 10th of October in LOGW Austria.

Thank you and everyone at Van´s for the perfect support and especially Richard VanGrunsven for a great design.

                                  

           With best regards
           Johannes
           [ jklement at aon.at ]

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Subject: First flight of RV-12 N1312G on 9/11/2014
Date sent: Fri, 31 Oct 2014
To: Webmaster@Vansaircraft.com

Serial #120270 with Ul260iS engine first flight on 9/11/2014. No surprises. I have flown my RV-4 for 4 years, my RV-6A for 14 years and my RV-7A for 5 years. I acquired Serial #120207 project 2 years ago and finished building and registering it this year {2014).

I still legally fly my RV-7A at age 95.

           

           Gordon Zwirtz
           [ gordon76 at verizon.net ]

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From: Tim Welles
Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Thu, 30 Oct 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

RV-8, N108TW took wing for the first time on Oct. 27, 2014, almost 10 years to the day from the start of construction. Of course, we really only took five years as we spend our summers racing sailplanes.

N108TW is equipped with a Superior XP-360 engine, with fuel injection and constant speed Whirlwind prop. Avionics include a GNS 430W, GRT Horizon EFIS and Digitrak autopilot.
Great project, and it sure flies nice. Note the RV grin!

                                   

           Heinz Weissenbuehler
           Monty Sullivan
           Tim Welles (Pilot shown)
           [ timwelles at gmail.com ]

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From: Rick Thorburn
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: Rick Thorburn First Flights
Date sent: Sun, 26 Oct 2014

A first flight from a repeat offender. The photo is of the 4 aircraft that I have built over a period of many years.

C-FXLC RV-6A, s/n 23140 has 500+ hrs. on her. 150 hrs. by a new owner.

C-FVTJ ,s/n 24906, my second RV-6A only has 50 hrs.to date. 160 hp., Dynon 100, fixed pitch metal prop, and a good cruiser.

C-FAKO, s/n 70789 an RV-7A is my third aircraft. She has 50 hrs. 180 hp., IO 360, Dynon 100, and a strong flyer. I managed to build her without any big dings (oops) in the metal work, so I only painted the fiberglass red; the rest is decal. First flight reports for both C-FVTJ and C-FAKO.

C-FAJE, s/n 80265 an RV-8A was only a fin and stab when I purchased her. Final inspection for her is only
months away. My hobby is building ; but my sport is flying.

Our local airport in Vernon B. C., CYVK is an RV haven with 18 RV's on the field.
I hope to report my first flight on the RV-8A before winter sets in.

Van should be proud of his accomplishments . I enjoy building them.

           

           Rick Thorburn (Retired Architect).
           [ trthorburn at hotmail.com ]

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From: Keith Rhea
Subject: First Flight of N60KR
Date sent: Tue, 21 Oct 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

My RV-7 was started in August of 2012. I work full time so this was an evening and weekend project. This is my third experimental aircraft and my first slow build kit. I must say after plans building two other aircraft that Van’s has got to be the finest kit. Almost everything fit to a “T” and required very little extra work.. I already had a lot of tools and knew how to use them.

The first flight was October 16, 2014 with Dave Austin at the controls. Dave took a 20 minute first flight and pronounced that we had a little right wing heavy so hand formed the left aileron is all it too. No rudder trim necessary.

Thanks to Doyle Reed for all the help and encouragement, family and grand kids for their help and
support.

N60KR is a 1020# slow build slider and is equipped with a low time 0-320-D2A, EFII ignitions, Catto Propeller, MGL Enigma EFIS with AP servos, AHRS, MGL V-10, MGL AS-1, Trig TT21,Pathfinder ADSB. The Interior is by Abby at Flightline interiors with my supplied leather.
My own paint and polish and my wife's design of the chevrons. Now have accumulated 14 hours of
the RV-7 and getting some of the fine tuning done.

            Click here to view a photo collage

           Thanks
           Keith Rhea 74099
           [ krhea at sktc.net ]

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Date sent: Tue, 14 Oct 2014
From: Tom Newell
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First Flight of RV-9A, 49TN


My RV-9A SN:90676 finally took wing after almost 12 years from purchase of empennage kit. I flewthe first flightI of 49TN on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30 AM.

As with all who have gone before me, it is an incredible feeling to take off and look out at the wings that I built. Way different than the Cessna take offs. The 55 minute flight over Salem, OR,McNary Field was uneventful.

The only issue was very high CHT's on climb and now I know that that is normal on a new Lycoming O320, carbureted engine. They have since come down as the engine gets broken in. My plane is a slider, Sensenich fixed pitch prop, AFS 4500 and 4500 screens, AOA, Altrak, Digitrak, Garmin SL40, and 327 Tx.

Many thanks to all of the folks at Vans for the great design and tech support along the way. Mostly, thanks to my wife Cece for the long suffering support of my hobby and the money that it takes to continue. And thanks to Jake Theisen, George Adkins, Jim Wallace, JIm Shelton, Steve Johansen and Ron Sturba for hands-on help and support.

                                 

          Tom Newell
          [ tncnewell at comcast.net ]

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From: Roger Kellogg
Date sent: Mon, 13 Oct
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First flight - N247RV - kit 70587

It's quite a thrill to finally transfer from the ranks of RV builders to the league of RV fliers!

With a Titan IO-360, Hartzell prop, and Dual SkyView panel, it should make a good cross country cruiser. Three thousand hours of build time over six years seems like a blur now.

Special thanks to two sons who set high standards for bucking rivets and all those other four-hands tasks. Special thanks to a wife who remained patiently supportive as 'the new girl' slowly became "Wild Blue". Yes, there were times when external encouragement was required.

Looking forward to aviation adventures when Phase 1 is completed.

                                 

           Roger Kellogg
           Newark, Illinois
          [ rlkellogg at juno.com ]

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Date sent: Mon, 13 Oct 2014
From: Merrill Evans
Subject: First Flight RV-7 72580 N87EM
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

Hi,

Very happy to report that after 8 1/2 years of very slowly Quick-Building, I flew my RV-7 on its maiden flight September 28, 2014!

The DAR inspection was the day before. I orbited the airport at 2000', while running the new engine hard for about forty minutes, before a small contingent of friends and family watched me land. The airplane flew beautifully - no surprise!

Thanks to a whole lot of people who helped me get this done. First to Van and all the people at Van's Aircraft. What a great design and super company. Next, to Doug and all at Vansairforce.net. This has been a daily stop for me for a long time. I would have quit if it were not for all the great information, shared difficulties, and solutions found here. Several of you have or had your own websites that I visited countless times, including of course, Dan C., who gave me my first RV-7 ride many years ago. I had already bought the kit and was very happy to confirm that an RV-7 handled so well.

Thanks to my friends at ILG, who made certain that I kept focused on the "end game", and who share in this passion of ours. Dave D. thanks for letting me fly your PA-20 whenever I could. That short-winged Piper was great preparation.

Finally, thanks to my family, some of whom drove a few rivets or more, and especially to my wife, who never waivered in her support of 'the airplane'. I have flown twice more - the Grin is still there!

Photos taken by Rob D. (thanks Rob) 9/28/14

                                 

           Very Best Regards,
           Merrill Evans
           Hockessin, DE
          #72580 N87EM
          [mdevans9 at verizon.net ]

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From: Stephen Denmark
Date sent: Mon, 13 Oct 2014
Subject: N126SD RV-9A

Good morning,

RV-9A, N126SD, Builder 91709, flew for the first time this past Sat. First flight was 50 minutes with Tom Berge at the controls. She flew very well. Heavy left wing which required left flap and aileron adjustment (too high compare to right upon diagnosis) and required more throw on the elevator trim note up position.

She has a Aerosport IO-320-DIA, Hartzell prop, Dual Advanced Flight 4500, 430W, Navworx ADS-B and Classic Aero Interior.

If she trims better, and Tom and I are comfortable, then I will fly this weekend.

            Sincerely,
            Stephen Denmark
            Eagan, MN
            91709
            [stephen.p.denmark at gmail.com ]

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From: James Scritchley
Subject: First flight of VH-JSX
Date sent: Sun, 12 Oct 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com


On Sunday 12th of October VH-JSX lifted off for the first time from Gawler Airfield north of Adelaide South Australia piloted by Marc Michell a very experienced pilot and friend.

It has been 7 very enjoyable years in the building and it all seemed worth it when she "jumped" into the sky. She is a fairly conventional RV-8 with a 180hp IO-360 and a Hartzell constant speed prop.

I definitely would like to recognise all of the great people who have helped with a multitude of various items along the way. Lots of advice and valuable expertise has guided me through the building of this great aeroplane. Obviously there is a special thank you to my long suffering wife Sue.

           

           James Scritchley
           [jimboscr at yahoo.com.au ]

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From: Andrew Shay
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: RV-12 Rego 19-8510 Sn#120573 (Australia) First flight
Date sent: Sat, 11 Oct 2014

Hi Guys,

A quick note and thanks to you all the Vans staff for the excellent aircraft building experience, the prompt and extremely patient, courteous delivery of minor orders along the way. Especially the challenge of trying to deliver the ELT to Western Australia.

RV-12 Sn # 120573 Rego # 19-8510 flew for the first time Sunday 7/09/2014 a very rewarding flight with only a few minor adjustments required to tweak. 2 days later it had 12 hrs of the 25 hour area restriction hours flown. As at 7/10/2014 it has 34 hours flight time logged.

A very special thank you to a very patient and understanding wife and mother who fully supported her husband and son in the build. A big thank you to our friends who assisted us during the build and with the first flight preparation. Also the Vansairforce RV12 forum community for a wealth of information along the way.

A photo of our son and aircraft partner Neil Shay and his RV grin will be along in due course (Neil is currently working on the other side of Australia and missed the first flight.

           

           Andrew Shay
           [ ashay at people.net.au ]

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Date sent: Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Subject: First flight of RV-7A N5972C
From: James Palmer
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

After two years of construction, my RV-7A lifted off then runway on September 26th without any major issues. The right wing was just a little heavy and it also needed a small rudder trim tab. Both very minor issues.

The panel is a Dynon Skyview touchscreen with the Dynon: radio, intercom, transponder and two axis auto pilot. The Dynon system works perfect. It has a Lycoming 0-320 D2B 160 hp with a combo wood propeller
from Props Inc. Jeff at Props Inc. is extremely nice and easy to work with.

The plane has exceeded my expectations. I have been flying a Cherokee 180 for the past 8 years. After flying this RV, I cannot imagine flying the Cherokee again.

It is an awesome machine!!!! No words to describe how pleased I am and how much fun it is to fly. Special thanks to Ron Dobbs who flew the plane for me on the initial test flight.

                                 

           James Palmer
           [ jamestpalmer at gmail.com ]

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