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As of October 23, 2014 8,860 RV aircraft have been completed and flown!

Listed by Model
RV-3           281
RV-4         1371
RV-6/6A    2539
RV-7/7A    1387
RV-8/8A    1265
RV-9/9A      931
RV-10         734
RV-12         351
 RV-14/14A      1 


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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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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Date sent: Thu, 9 Oct 2014
Subject: RV-6A N763RV
From: John McLaughlin
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

RV-6A, N763RV broke ground on Sunday, April 5, 2014 at Boone, IA after 5 years and 11 months of construction (which included time out to rebuild a RV-7A and RV-10). Powered by a Lycoming 0-360C1G with an Airflow Performance fuel injection package and spinning a Whirlwind 74RV prop. Cruise power is revealing 172 ktas at 10.1 gph.

First flight was as expected with no issues with the engine or airframe. Flies fast and true like an RV should. Wrapping up configuration of IFR panel included Advanced Flight 4500, TruTrak autopilot and Garmin 430.

Thanks to the support of Keith Campbell and friends at W & C Aircraft in Boone, IA for facility rental and plenty of advice and encouragement along the way.

            

            John McLaughlin
            Chief Meteorologist, KCCI-TV Des Moines
            FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, Rotorcraft/Fixed Wing
            NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
            [ copterjohn at gmail.com ]

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From: Jesse Bentley
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First flight N229Zulu
Date sent: Wed, 8 Oct 2014

When I first started building N229Zulu, I had no idea about the roller coaster ride I was going to be on during the 6 years it took to build it! (Nope, not "finished" quite yet. I'll be flying "naked" for a while.) Between purchasing the tail kit and making the first flight I acquired a new bride, a new home, a new dog, a new step daughter, 4 new grand babies, learned a bit of lawyering to defend myself pro se (successfully) against a 3 year law suit and grew 6 years older! Whew! I've learned that "airplane time" means [ take the amount of time you think an airplane related task will require and triple it ]. That'll get you close. Hence, 6 years versus the 2
I thought it would take.

The airplane has an IO360 built by Mattituck with fuel injection, dual P-Mags and horizontal induction. Prop is a Whirlwind 200RV with Jihistroj governor, custom leather seats from Classic Aero, carpet and glare shield pad by Abby at Flightline, Hooker harnesses, TrueTrak autopilot, a Garmin radio stack and an AF4500 from Advanced Flight Systems.

No substantial mods to speak of other than adding access doors to the bulkhead in front of the instrument panel.

Other than a bit of a heavy wing issue that we're still working though, the airplane performs well so far.

As I'm a low time pilot, and hadn't really flown at all for the past 7 years, I needed quite a bit of re-training to get my skills up to snuff and to earn a tail wheel endorsement and transition training, but it all worked out.

On July 20th, 2014, Jeff Point piloted the airplane on it's maiden flight. I flew with Glenn Bottsford in his RV-7 as chase. It was kind of surreal seeing the fruits of my labor actually flying! All went well. On September 27th, "I" was finally ready, and made MY first flight! I was nervous, but all went well………except for the really bad landing! Oh well, they've improved since then and the airplane remains usable!

Many thanks to my lovely wife for supporting me and putting up with my frequent absence at the end, all my friends who supported me, my brother Tom who was my biggest cheerleader and a big thank you to Jeff Point who has been my tech counselor, test pilot and flight advisor, and of course thanks to Doug Reeves for making the VAF possible and all the folks that provided knowledge along the way.

Here's a link to My first flight. Number 8 for the airplane.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CroYAPnJGdo&feature=youtu.be

            

            Thank You,
            Jesse Bentley
            [ JesseB at FireControlinc.net ]
           
            N-229Zulu

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Date sent: Tue, 7 Oct 2014
Subject: First flight
From: C. Michael Hendricks

120LL (Kit 120118) made it's first flight on September 17at Frederick, Maryland. Only minor squawks. Ailerons perfect. Needs small wedge on rudder Everything in the green on the engine. Now have seven hours on it.

Thanks for a great kit and good support.

           Mike Hendricks
          120LL
          [ michael.hendricks at gmail.com ]

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Date sent: Mon, 06 Oct 2014
From: John
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: 8838 on the Hobbs

Hello Vans, It looks like kit number 70312 for the RV-7's has FINALLY FLOWN! Kit 70312 broke the surly bonds of Earth yesterday, October 5, 2014!

I started the tail in August of 2004 and fully expected it to be such poor workmanship that I would have to throw it away. As it turned out it is usable! I kept on pounding rivets and ordering parts. With the
assistance from local builders and the online communities I was able to finish and fly my dream airplane!

I installed a Mattituck engine, Hartzell Prop, G3i Ignition, a G3X Panel and VPX Electrical System. It all weighed in at a svelte 1109 pounds and is very functional. It all went together as planned and flies GREAT!

Thank you to all who helped, to Van and everyone in the office there. Perhaps I will see you all at the Homecoming soon!?!

                                  

          John Sannizzaro
          Plymouth, MA
          [ jsannizzaro at aol.com ]

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From: Indra
Date sent: Wed, 1 Oct 2014
Subject: RV-7 First Flight kit #73981
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

After 2 Years and 7 months of building my RV-7 I finally took the first flight on September 27th 2014 at
Cibubur (w18) at 0635.

It is easy to fly, what a great experience.

Thank You Vans Aircraft for a great aircraft. Also many thanks to Asia Aero Club, Mr. Erris, Mr. Bagas, Mr. Robbert Cau, Mr. Teddy h, Mr. Basuki, Mr. Tikno, and Mr. Rile n, Mr. PLN Milan who did an excellent job.
Thank You for your support.

Upon T/O The aircraft has ZFW 1049,5 Lbs With CG 81, 20 Gal Of fuel, & 176 Lbs Of pilot weight.

                                  

            Indra
            [ pks067 at yahoo.com ]

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Subject: First flight RV-8 VH-VBN Port Macquarie Australia.
From: robert needham [ ansonneedham at hotmail.com ]
Date sent: Thu, 25 Sep 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

           

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From: Brent Owen
Subject: First Flight RV-9A (Raver)
Date sent: Wed, 24 Sep 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

Hi from York PA.

I flew my RV-9A for its first flight on 9/7/14. The takeoff was shorter, rate of climb brisk and handling better than I had expected.
It flew straight and balanced from the start. I haven’t explored the full flight regime, but it seems to be performing well up too
specifications.

It has a Lycoming IO320 by Aerosport, dual GRT EFIS and GRT EIS with a Garmin 430W and Trutrac autopilot.

As far as I can see it is a perfectly straight forward, honest aircraft. I am delighted with it.

           

          Brent Owen
          [owen2 at comcast.net]

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From: Owen Mihalop
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: RV-8 First Flight
Date sent: Wed, 24 Sep 2014

On Tuesday 23rd September 2014, RV-8 #82943 G-RVOM made its first flight at Perranporth Airfield in the UK. There were no major issues and she climbed away beautifully but the flight had to be cut short when the oil door popped open!

Many thanks to Stefan Heale, who is undertaking the test flying, Shawn Ingram for all his help during the build, Mike Hanley my build inspector and my wife Anne for putting up with it all over the last 5 years.

           

           Many thanks,
           Owen Mihalop
           Truro, UK
           [ omihalop at hotmail.co.uk ]

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Subject: RV-12 First Flight
From: Deene Ogden
Date sent: Tue, 23 Sep 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

I flew my new RV-12, N399AD for the first time on Sept 10, 2014 at KGTU, Georgetown. All went well with
Stu McCurdy of Falcon Fight flying chase.

Many thanks to my friends, my wife Anna and DAR Mel Asberry for their support and help.

                                 

            Deene Ogden
            Builder #120600
            [ deeneogden at gmail.com ]

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Subject: first flight
From: Oliver Spatscheck
Date sent: Tue, 23 Sep 2014

RV-8 (#83177) N-2EQ made its first flight today. Flys straight and climbs well with all instruments in the green.

Still grinning now...

           Oliver
          [ oliverspatscheck at icloud.com ]

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Date sent: Tue, 23 Sep 2014
Subject: N898TT RV-8 first flight
From: Andy Karmy
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

Here's my first flight report to add to the counter. Saturday Sept 20th I successfully completed the first flight on my new RV-8. This was my second RV and I tried to use all the learnings from the first one to make this one even better. Powered by an Aerosport Carbed 0-360 with a Catto 3-blade prop and a few other aftermarket parts brought the empty weight in at a nice light 1035! It flys beautifully and with careful attention to alignment and trailing edge geometry flew hands off balanced on the first flight. This was a standard kit, and it took me 14 months to complete. My 9A was 18 months so the learnings helped a bit. Thanks to Van's for the great kits that are always improving, to my family for indulging my "hobby" (this is my 4th homebuilt) and all my friends at EAA326 in Puyallup WA for their help and encouragement.

Here's a link to the first flight video http://vimeo.com/106771206

                                 

            Andy Karmy
            Auburn WA
            RV-8 83363 N898TT
            [ andy.karmy at gmail.com ]

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From: John Siebold
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thu, 18 Sep 2014
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

Oh, yeah, #72413, another RV-7, first flew in January, 2014. Number five for me. Seems I'm never satisfied. This ship is 2020 compliant. The pilot can select the Trio Pro Pilot's info source from GTN650, GX3, or GPS795. Normal operation is referencing the 650, no button-pushing required on the EFIS. My philosophy is fewer chances to screw up with minimal button-pushing. The 795 repeats the 650 track for a big screen presentation and weather, traffic, chart, blah, blah, overlay. Or it can be isolated to stand alone. Meanwhile, the EFIS remains in it's PFD mode with HSI. A SL-40 is typically used for comm; simpler to operate than the 650 and no chance of messing up its nav screens. (Do you get the idea I don't care for button-pushing?) Everything can operate independent of everything else with it's own control head, no losing one box taking down another, with the exception of the remote GTX23ES which the EFIS controls. Everything not having to do with flight is monitored/displayed by a JPI740. Power train is an IO-375-B1B from Aero Sport Power, 9.6:1 compression, dual P-mags, RSA fuel injection, twisting a Whirl Wind 74RV prop. Jugs were flowed and ported by LyCon. The engine is quite strong, having to significantly increase static low pitch beyond WW's 180hp setting, so the prop doesn't overspeed before the governor can catch it. Gascolators at each wing root and a EFII pump mounted immediately aft of the firewall yield a nearly flat floor from the fuel selector forward.

           

           John Siebold
           Boise, ID
           [ oceanbrave02 at gmail.com ]

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From: rv7a.builder
Subject: First Flight
To: Gus at Van's


Hi Gus,

Today at 6:30 am I slipped the surly bonds of earth with my RV-7A for the first time. Plane behaved perfectly well for the short flight over Chino Airport.

It has been 12 years since I ordered the tail kit so I guess this might be a record for the slowest quick build kit? Other than last week during my transition training I had never been in a flying RV but I can tell you it is great!  

I want to thank Vans for a great design and you personally for answering most of my questions during the building process. Can't wait for the next flight?

            

          John Robinson RV-7A #70840
          Phase 1 test flying underway
          [ rv7a.builder at yahoo.com ]

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From: Mark Forgione
Date sent: Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Subject: RV-6 #22047
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com

RV-6 #22047 is finally flying phase 1.

Dynon Skyview with radio, transponder, auto pilot and intercom. Aerosport power 360 with airflow fuel injection, Blended airfoil prop and lightspeed ignition. Interior is Classic aero. Weighed in at 1067lbs !! Very pleased, paint is yet to come after phase 1.

Love the performance.

                                  

          Regards
          Mark Forgione
          Australia
          [ markforgione at bigpond.com ]

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From: Grantley Grocke
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First Flight RV-12
Date sent: Sun, 7 Sep 2014

On Saturday 6th Sept 2014 a dream was fulfilled. RV-12 Serial No.120377 Reg. No. 19-8207 leapt into the air at 9.30am at Murray Bridge Airfield in South Australia. After approx 1100 hrs + a few nervous moments the RV flew beautifully.

Thanks to my beautiful wife Wendy who encouraged me throughout the 4 year build, and to Bill Antel for allowing me to take over part of his hanger for final assembly.

Thanks also to Vans for supplying such an amazing kit, with unbelievably easy step by step instructions.

                           Photos attached. Builder and Test Pilot.

                                  

          Grantley Grocke
          Strathalbyn SA Australia
          [ grockeg at gmail.com ]

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From: David Kickbush
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Fri, 5 Sep 2014

Finally getting around to reporting that kit # 73034 is flying.

After 5 years and 10 months it flew just as expected. It has a Aero Sport O-360 A1A with constant speed, Dynon Skyview with auto pilot. It weighed 1100 with paint.

A special thanks to Lyle Hefel for all of his help while building and with the training.

                                 

           David Kickbush
           Guttenberg, Iowa
           [ davidkickbush at hotmail.com ]

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From: JCCHAUVET
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Fri, 5 Sep 2014

Bonjour

I am pleased to announce the first flight of my RV-7 was on the 5th of March 2014. F-PVGD IO-360 180 HP.

Faster than my previous RV-6 with the same engine 160 kts.
Triple propeller
Better in aerobatics

My two grandsons and I enjoy flying VANS.

           

          Jean-Claude #73804
          [ jccrv6 at sfr.fr ]

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From: Tony
To: webmaster@vansaircraft.com
Subject: First Flight - RV8 ZU-IBY
Date sent: Wed, 3 Sep 2014

Hi all at Vans Aircraft,

Another magnificent RV-8 (#83361) is complete and undertook her initial flight on Saturday 30 August 2014.

The team at Aircraft Assembly & Upholstery Centre based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa built this for the owner Andrew Beveridge based in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. ZU-IBY has a Lycoming YO-360-A1A engine with a Sensenich Fixed pitch prop. The avionics is a simple panel made up of the Dynon Skyview, Dynon Autopilot, Dynon radio and intercom. The aircraft has a VP-X Pro installed allowing for a clean instrument panel.

We would like to wish Andrew many happy flying hours!

                                  

           Thank you to all at Vans Aircraft!
           Sigi Bailes
           [ anthony at rvaircraft.co.za ]

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