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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.
From: José Pedro Almeida
Subject: First flight report RV-9A S/N 91884
Date sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016
I gladly would like to report that after 5 years 2 months and 3 days of building, the first flight of my RV-9A SN 91884 took place today, Feb 4, 2016 at 13:15 UTC at Luziania airport (SWUZ) Brazil.
It was a successful 10 minute flight around the pattern to check engine, systems and controls.
The engine configuration is very unique: It is Viking 110 with a Warp Drive 72 in prop. This "tuned down" configuration enabled a very light aircraft with empty weight of 930 lbs. Take off and landing numbers were close to the specs. The avionics are iLevil AW Efis AHRS linked to an iPad 4 for all primary flight instruments. Engine monitor is a Viking View (GRT EIS-4000 adapted). Special thanks first to the Lord Jesus who conceeded me the abilities to finish this project, to all the guys at Vans Aircraft, Vans Air Force and Viking Aircraft Engine Forum, lots of folks here in Brazil who support this excellent aircraft and of course my wife who also almost became "Rosie The Riveter".
José Pedro and Clélia Almeida
zelao.aero at gmail.com
From: Alex Grzelecki
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2016
We are excited to report the successful first flight of our RV-7A! N2875V first flew around 1pm on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Bishop Municipal (07R, 3200 x 50 ft) near Bishop, Texas. The project was 9 years, 2 months, and 23 days in the making (in between our work and school duties). She flew great; no problems to report. The first flight consisted of a few circuits over the airport at 3000 ft AGL, switching fuel tanks, then another few circuits were completed to verify all systems were functioning correctly. A safe landing back at Bishop followed. A thorough inspection of the firewall forward revealed no leaks. The only anomaly was that the (adhesive) label on the oil cooler had fallen off; I guess it wasn't supposed to be there. Found a bit of oil underneath from the breather tube but that is to be expected from a new engine.
This undertaking has been a father/son effort ever since the beginning, when the empennage kit arrived on October 31, 2006. It would not have been possible to finish without our combined effort. All kit components were built from standard kits except for the wing kit, which was Quickbuild. We chose the sliding canopy option to cope with the Texas heat. The Ray Allen electric elevator trim works great and is much better than the typical Cessna wheel. The empty weight came in at just 1,152 pounds (paint and all). The first several years of construction was done in the garage at home. Completed sections were then moved to the hangar before the fuselage and wings (and a lot of tools) were moved in January 2015.
Engine and propeller
Lycoming YIO-360-M1B (180 hp) and Sensenich fixed pitch prop, both from Van's
Vertical Power VP-X Sport electronic circuit breaker system
Custom instrument panel, all done by us
Dynon Avionics Skyview system (one 10", and one 7" screen), with backup batteries, and single ADAHRS
Heated Dynon Pitot/AOA
Dynon Mode S transponder
Garmin GNC255A NAV/COM with VOR/LOC/GS antenna on vertical stabilizer
MGL Avionics TC-3 engine monitor for CHT and EGT monitoring (used in lieu of Dynon EMS, to declutter screen space)
Flight Data Systems FC-10 fuel totalizer with impeller type flow sender
AeroLEDs strobe, position, and landing lights in the wingtips and tail
Red LED map lights on the side panels
Panel light dimmer
Low oil pressure light
Paint and interior
Light tan interior polyurethane on visible surfaces and instrument panel
Custom seats by Oregon Aero
Custom paint scheme, all painted by us in the garage as subassemblies
Vinyl striping made by AeroGraphics
ADS-B 2020 compliance (Dynon GPS upgrade)
Two axis autopilot
Equipping for IFR flight
Secondary gear driven alternator on the unused vacuum pump pad
IFR GPS navigator
Special thanks goes to...
Fellow RV-6A builders/pilots Bill and Mattie Marcum of Corpus Christi, Texas for their help and advice in preparing for the first flights. Mr. Mike Seager of Vernonia, Oregon for providing us with nosewheel RV transition training (May 2014) Designated Airworthiness Representative Carl Newton of San Antonio FSDO for helping us with our airworthiness certification and paperwork. Inspection was on December 29, 2015. Our phase I test flight period was set at 25 hours.
From: Ronald Blunck
Subject: RV-12 #120602 (N44TT) First Flight
Date sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I would like to report that RV-12 #120602 (N44TT) took to the sky for the first time on October 7th 2015, just as the beautiful Wisconsin sun was setting. The build took a little less than four years, but the plane was basically fabricated during the first year. The second year was devoted to the designing and painting, and it's amazing how much you have to take the plane apart to paint it. The third year was finishing up all the details before FAA final inspection. The plane is now happily tucked away back into my shop at home for another hard Wisconsin winter. However, before I trailered it home I was able to put 47 hours on it's hobbs, visited all 13 airports within the 50 mile radius of my home airport, gave nineteen individuals their first general aviation experience (eight of which were Young Eagle flights), and made a total of ninety-four successful landings.
Being a retired manufacturing research and development engineer from the aerospace industry, I gave a critical look at the instructions and workmanship of each part throughout the build. I was amazed at the clarity of the instructions and quality of the parts and materials provided. I want to thank the whole Vans Aircraft team, from the designers, shippers, accountants, and the great help desk for all of your support. It was a great experience!
I need to also thank the only person who helped during the build, my dear wife Sandy. She allowed me to hide away in my shop day after day, and was always there to give a helping hand. I lovingly call her my "Wing Flipper".
Ronald D. Blunck
EAA Chapter 706
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
ronblunck at hotmail.com
From: David Otero
Subject: First Flight N505RV
Date sent: Monday, January 04, 2016
N505RV Segundo Veinto
My RV-7 project started on January 5th, 2014. As with most airplane kits, it started with the empennage kit. From the moment I opened the first crate, I knew this would be a plane that I would complete and fly. One week shy of two years came the first flight.
On Wednesday December 30, 2015 at about 11:30 Mountain Time, Segundo Viento (Spanish for Second Wind) took off from Albuquerque's Double Eagle II's (KAEG) runway 17. The plan I had coordinated with the Tower was to orbit the airport above pattern altitude (6800') and 8500'. At that altitude I contacted ABQ Approach who gave me a squak code and cautioned me to keep below 8500'. This happened just as I saw my altimeter blasting right through 8500'. The flight lasted about 25 minutes, the RV grin lasted a couple of days.
I wish to thank all of the members of Illinois EAA Chapter 461 but primarily:
Rich Tichy (RV-6) for looking over my shoulder (even when I thought I didn't need it). Rich's knowledge, experience, skills and sometimes tools were put to the test on all phases of the project. And, all it cost me was beer.
Other important people include: Tony Sabos, Mike Weimer, Arnie Zimmerman, Josh Jones, John Steichen, Ron Bradley, Wayne Brazinski, Colin Koebel From The Albuquerque group: Norm Schippers (Rv-6), Jon Farley (RV-8), John Nystrom (Rv-7A, Rv-3), Chris Olsen (RV-3)
Empty weight: 1031lbs
WhirWind GA200L Prop
Dynon Skyview Touch 10"
Aero Classics Seats
Vertical Power VP-X Sport Electronic Circuit Breaker
There is no question as to why the series of Van's Aircraft are so popular and plentiful. They are a fantastic kit with unparalleled support from both the factory and the builders community.
While it may be possible for the truly ingenious person to build an RV-7 all by them selves, this builder did need the help and support from family and friends. I have been very fortunate during the past couple of years to have the support and help of several people to make this project happen. Primary thanks go to my wonderful and patient wife Margie. She help me pick which model of RV to build, picked the interior colors and registration number and even did a bit of drilling, clecoing and riveting too. Most importantly, she encouraged me, gave me space when needed, put up with the strangeness of the flying community that would consume much of my time, focused me, sometimes refocused me. I am proud that she was there when the project became an airplane.
daoteronm at gmail.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG)
From: Jeff Reins
Subject: First Flight RV8
Date sent: Saturday, January 02, 2016
My Vans Aircraft RV8, N37HR, S/N 82310, was inspected on December 31, 2015. First flight was January 2, 2015. Flight was performed by Jay Pratt of RV Central, Saginaw, Texas. The plane is powered by an OX-340S-A1A2N, propeller is Hartzell HC-C2YR-1BF weight is 1043 lbs. Jay was excited about the acceleration on take off. Thank you Vans for the experience!
From: Jan Lawson
Subject: Rv 12 first flight #120075
Date sent: Wednesday 30, December 2015
My RV-12 (120075) first flew on October 5, 2015, runway 4, at Bolton Field (KTZR) Columbus, Ohio. My bride filmed the event and I posted it on YouTube. I purchased this partially completed kit in April, 2014. I could not have completed this project without my mentor Dave Gamble, who has a nearby hangar which houses the RV-12 he built. Dave gave me advice, assisted me in construction and provided me with transition training in his RV-12. Dave has a very interesting website (Schmetterling Aviation) in which he tells "The Saga of 075". Probably the longest build time of any Rv-12. Ninety percent done when purchased with only ninety percent to go.
I flew two 300 mile round-trip cross-countries before flying 075 to its new home in Florida. A 600 mile trip with my bride as navigator. This plane flies great and I look forward to hours of fun flying.
Subject: RV7 First Flight HB-YRM
Date sent: Monday 28, December 2015
After three years I have completed the build of may 2. RV7 SN:74151. First Flight at 18. December 2015. HOBBS is now showing 10.5h. All Test Flights done. Everything is working fine. A lot of fun flying that plane.
Under the hood is an new Lycoming YIO-360 M1B with dual P-Mags and a 3-Blade MT Constant Speed Propeller. Two Dyonon SkyView EFIS. and an old stayle airspeed und altimeter for backup.
Empty weight 1124Lbs/510Kg.
Yvar Vonlanthen, switzerland
yvar.vonlanthen at rega-sense.ch
From: Jose Lins
Subject: RV7 C-FMZE SN.72279 Miss Tress First Flight!
Date sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Hello Van's Folks..
Merry Christmas to all of you.! And here attached I am reporting that the RV7 C-FMZE SN.72279 "Miss Tress" has flown for the first time last November 9th /2015! Since then I have flown her six more times and have now 7.2 hours on the clock without any issue whatsoever, she flew strait and level from the first time.
I want also to thank you all for your great help during this journey building my dream aircraft!
Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year!
Builder: Jose Lins
Port Coquitlam, BC Canada
May 15, 2005
TOTAL BUILD TIME:
4112 Hours over weekends, vacations, holidays, etc., in my home office & garage.
November 09, 2015 from Langley Airport, BC
Aero Sport Power / Superior Lycoming 180HP carbureted, 1 mag, 1 LSE Plasma II electronic ignition, fixed pitch Sensenich propeller.
Dual Dynon Skyview 10"with 2 axis autopilot & transponder, GPS AvMap EKP V, COM 1 ICOM A200, COM 2/intercom PS Engineering PAR100EX Radios, VAN's airspeed, altimeter & compass round gauges.
Classic Aero Designs leather seats, floor & side panels with Hooker 5 points harnesses.
Taxiway Yellow Sherwin Williams with dark Navy blue vinyl decals.
My kit started as a slow build kit but after the tail and wings been built I ordered a quick built fuselage to speed things up. The airframe was completely primed inside before riveting with Super Koropon epoxy, in my "backyard paint shop" sunny days, except the fuel tanks of course and the fuselage that Van supplied already primed; I did most of the riveting alone but in several large components I had a handy helper to buck rivets, and they were quite a few to name and they know who they are, to whom I thank each and every one helping me complete this project and also to my patient family. Everything else from plumbing to wiring to panel design & installation of all electronics to engine/ baffles /probes, etc., I did myself in my garage. Ah, the canopy too and all the fiberglass fairings.I can't forget that. This project went through two pre-cover and a final inspection by the MDRA delegate without any issue; the first flight day came along on the afternoon of last November 9th /2015 with me piloting it and Scott Jackson, ATP, CFII & RV builder & instructor as a safety pilot, we took off from runway 01 at the Langley Airport in BC. The chase plane was another RV7 built & flown by Chris Cox & co-pilot Elisabeth Jackson, also a pilot, who took all the in-flight photos as they both observed closely what was happening on my back and below. As nothing abnormal was noticed we overflew Langley airport for about 50 minutes checking systems functionality and engine parameters culminating with a perfect landing on runaway 25 and the big RV grin in the face.Unforgettable and Fantastic!
From: Gary Livesey
Subject: First flight of my RV-12 Serial # 120799 N915DG
Date sent: Monday 14, December 2015
She left the ground for the first time this past Saturday Dec 12, 2015. it handles great. Beyond my my expectations. I did not have to tweak anything! Thank you Vans Aircraft! Great company...Great people!
From: Monte Dauncey
Subject: First Flight RV-7A 72711
Date sent: Sunday, 13 December 2015
Just a note to let you know that those boxes of rivets, screws and pieces of aluminum that you sent me a few years ago are now flying in very tight formation. RV-7A 72711 first took to the skies on October 2, 2014 unpainted, and August 21, 2015 was the first flight with paint.
Powered by an Aero Sport Power (BL) IO-360 with a Hartzell C/S prop and a Superior cold air induction sump, it performs exactly as advertised, even though it weighs in a bit heavier than many others (1162 lbs). Instrumentation is by Dynon (D-180, D-100, AP74, HS34) and Garmin (GPS 560, twin SL30 Nav/Comms, transponder, intercom) and meets basic IFR requirements (no de-ice). The Archer internal Nav antenna works exceptionally well, picking up VORs over a 100 nautical miles away at altitude. Complete upholstery including carpet throughout is by Classic Aero Designs.
The first flight was exhilarating to say the least! Everything performed exceptionally well with the exception of a slightly heavy right wing which was easily rectified. Performance numbers are exactly as advertised by Vans. Now, with almost 60 hours on the hobbs, every take-off and landing still comes with the RV grin. What a delight to fly!
A big thank you to Vans for a tremendous design and a tremendous kit. Also a big thank you all staff at Vans for all of the assistance they've provided over the years, and especially to the staff in the builder assistance department (thanks Ken for the frequent reminders that I was building an airplane consisting of nuts & bolts, not a Swiss watch). Also, a big thank you to all of the fellow pilots and other folks at the Kamloops BC airport for all of their help, especially Inland Communication Services who taught me how to wire my panel to a professional standard, and to Rick West who was always ready to lend a helping hand when a helping hand was needed. Thank you also to Mountainaire Services for a great job on our paint scheme. And my biggest debt of gratitude goes to my wife, Moira, who encouraged me to begin the project in the first place, who was accepting of my mistakes and redos, and who was exceptionally patient during the 7 years it took to complete. Thank you, to everyone, for helping me build a great airplane that is now so much fun to fly.
From: Brian King
Subject: Group build -12 video link
Date sent: Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Hello there Vans - Five Brothers Flying Adventures completed our group build during the summer and have 102 hours on #12-820 already. We completed assembly in 17 months to the day taking our time. Our group ranges from 70 hours of flight experience to 25,000. We are beyond thrilled with the kit and the way she flies -not to mention the economics of the whole situation. One of our members went 50 years between PIC flights!Two years now since we formed our group and not one bad word between any of us. Please be sure to share the link with Ken and tech-support. Thank you Vans! January one she goes to the paint shop.
From: Scott Millhouse
Subject: First Flight 120515
Date sent: Tuesday 8, December 2015
N319RV, kit 120515 had its first flight yesterday. The weather broke so it was time for more testing. I took the runway for a fast taxi test. All felt good and the plane wanted to fly so I aborted at the first turn to taxi back for the whole runway. After a short typical RV-12 take off I did a few circuits around the airport to confirm all was in the green and the plane maneuvered well. I checked in with the controllers to get a transponder code so they could watch my back and climbed to the practice area. After about a half an hour of turns, climbs, descents, slow flight, flap flight and approach to stalls I returned to land. There was an 8-10 knot direct cross winds so the landing was safe but firm, not a greaser. After a quick ground check I took it up for a second flight for more testing including a brief full power jump to 120 knots. After two more cross wind landings I shut it down with 1.6 hours total of flight. The plane flies straight and level but needs a little left rudder so I'll take out some trim tab bend and the wires need reversed for the trim. As others have noticed the instructions are confusing. Flies like a 12 with no surprises. My 4th first flight and the smoothest.
Plane weights 764# painted but without vinyl graphics with single screen Skyview with autopilot and control option, lights and wheel pants kits. Standard interior with only carpet inserts and just the arm rests and baggage carpet. 17 months for construction and painting.
Scott Millhouse, PE
Project Manager/Civil Engineer
Timberline Environmental Services
scottmillhouse at knology.net
From: Tim Johnson
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Sunday 6, December 2015
Friday December 4, 2015 was the date my RV-7A made it's first flight. The day came after 8 years and 2 months of on and off construction. The engine is a freshly overhauled 0-360 A1F6 with dual EFII electronic ignition. The panel is old school guages with a panel mounted GPS, radio and transponder. The plane trimmed nicely and flew hands off.
I want to thank my wife Cindy for hanging in there through this project and my kids Brooke and James for their support and occasional help. I want to thank Jan Bussell for excellent transition training and would recommend him for anyone needing training.
From: Ken Boyd
Subject: first flight
Date sent: Monday 30, November 2015
My RV9A flew for the first time on November 14, 2015 with a build time two days shy of fourteen years. I would like to thank my family and friends who had a part in building this airplane without all of you it would not have been possible.
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Wednesday 25, November 2015
Joe Blank suggested I send a quick note regarding first flight.
My RV-7A project, serial 73676, received it's airworthiness certificate on Friday, the 13th. First flight was a week later on Saturday, the 21st. Great plane, my face still hurts from the "RV Grin".
It was a standard build kit, it took me 2600 hours over almost six years. It was a major undertaking, I owe thanks to many people who gave me support and encouragement along the way. My biggest supporter was my wife, who not only was encouraging, but put up with our garage being taken over (cars outside), me spending so much time with the "aluminum mistress", and allowing me to neglect some household chores. I owe her big time! The members of our local EAA Chapter, 324, were always available to run an idea by or to give me an opinion. My good friend, Gil, was a huge help with riveting and fiberglass work. I had five EAA tech counselor inspections along the way, these helped, as I didn't have any issues the day the FAA came for the final airworthiness inspection. Of course, the staffs at Van's, Grand Rapids Technologies, Whirlwind Propeller, AeroSport Power, SteinAir and others, were always available to help me with questions along the way. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who participates on the Van's Air Force on line forum. They provide a huge amount of information and opinion.
The plane is equipped with a tip-up canopy, AeroSport Power IO-395, Whirlwind 74RV prop, dual P-Mags, dual GRT HXr screens. Empty weight came in at 1104 lbs.
Flies great, handles well. I'm thrilled with the plane, and am looking forward to traveling with it!
From: Michael Burbidge
Subject: Belated first flight report...
Date sent: Wednesday 25, November 2015
Model: Vans RV-9A
Serial Number: 91681
I've never got around to sending in my first flight report. I've been too busy flying!
My RV-9A first flew on August 18, 2014. Well known aerobatic pilot and mechanic Terry Burch did the first flight. There were a few squawks on the first flight among which were no airspeed, heavy right wing. Terry had no problem dealing with these though. We got those fixed in short order and I did my first flight a few days later. I was nervous, but it was so amazing. It was a beautiful evening and while taxing back to the hangar I said to myself, "I need more". I went back out and did a few more touch and goes.
This past summer I flew my airplane from Seattle to Texas to have Grady paint it. It was an adventure and was by far the furthest I flown.
I love my airplane! It is wonderful to fly.
The airplane is a frugal build. All standard Van's gauges and a used O320-D3G from Wentworths and a Catto three blade prop.
She's flown 115 hours in the past year!
Terry Burch getting ready for the first flight.
At Grady's just before flying her home from Texas.
mburbidg at gmail.com
From: Bruce Peters
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Saturday 21, November 2015
After nearly 11 years of slow building, N7756B, an RV-9A, took flight for the first time this morning, November 21, 2015 on a beautiful sunny day at Shafter (MIT) Airport in California. The plane performed beautifully and take off and landing would have been almost non-events had I not been a little nervous. I was well prepared after transition training with Mike Seager two weeks ago.
The engine is a Lycoming YO-320-D1A with a three blade Catto prop, dual P-Mags(I can't tell you how well the engine starts!), and Dynon Skyview dual 10" displays with backup batteries. It also has the Dynon transponder, ADS-B module, autopilot, dual ADAHRS, dual GPS antennas, and the heated pitot with AOA. A Garmin SL-30 and Garmin GMA 350 Audio panel round out the instruments.
I could not be happier, thanks for building a great airplane Van!
rv9aplane at gmail.com
From: Bob & Shaun Redman
Subject: First Flight RV-6A #60483
Date sent: Sunday 22, November 2015
G'day Vans Webmaster,
Vans Aircraft RV-6A (#60483) first flew on 24 Oct 15. The kit was purchased about 12 years by Michael Cuppari of Hobart Tasmania. In August 3013, John Murphy and David McDonald purchased the unfinished project from Michael, and towed the kit to Newcastle NSW Australia after crossing Bass Strait by ferry. John and David completed and painted the aircraft.
The RV-6A registration is VH-MCI, day VFR, tip-up, 0320 D1A engine, Sensenich FP metal prop, simple analog instrumentation, manual elevator and aileron trim. Basic weight (complete and painted) is 1069lb, CofG 68.89" aft of datum.
Seven uneventful flights so far: smooth, crisp and delightful handling; impressive performance and economy; all reflecting the care and competence of the three builders, and especially the inspired design and kit.
This report was submitted by Bob Redman (RV-7 # 72450) on behalf of John, David, and their families.
Photo of David McDonald (left) and John Murphy with RV-6A VH-MCI:
From: John D. Williams
Subject: RV 12 first flight - - KJGG (Williamsburg, VA)
Date sent: Monday, November 16 2015
Finally, in the air for the first time.
Started March 2, ready to fly September 5, FAA paperwork took two additional months to resolve. First flight: November 15, 2015. Performed as expected, no problems, no issues. All systems in working order: avionics, auto pilot, landing & nav lights, cockpit light, radios, transponder, engine, GPS. Fun kit to build; great partner to work with. I'd do it again.
From: Hank Cheng
To: Gus Funnell
Subject: Fwd: SCMP (Nov 15 & 16, 2015)
Date sent: Monday 16, November 2015
First RV in Hong Kong! I am proud to submit the first flight report through you, please spread the news for us at Vans.
The first RV in Hong Kong, registration B-KOO, took 7 years to construct, with the help from the students of St. Paul Convent School and local aircraft engineers. The aircraft is fitted with a Titan IOX-360, Catto Propeller, dual Dynon Skyview touch, Dynon Autopilot and radio, as well as a Garmin GTN650.
The aircraft departed from Hong Kong International Airport at 0615 local time, flew for 30 minutes, climbed to 5000'. She's slightly right wing heavy, but otherwise very healthy. The aircraft landed and taxi back to the hanger for a quick check, then departed for her second flight at 0720L, this time with the presence of family, students and friends, for 15 minutes at 3000'.
B-KOO is the first homebuilt registered under Hong Kong registration. Unfortunately due to local regulations, it is unclear whether if the plane is allow to fly in Hong Kong again. It is our plan to take her on an around the world tour once we can find a location for her to complete phase 1. We aim to start the tour in the summer of 2016.
Thank you Van's for making such great kit, thank you for all your support throughout my build.
From: Veatch John
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Wednesday 4, November 2015
We would like you to know that RV-12, S/N 120862, N412SB, has successfully made its maiden light here at the Bremerton National Airport. The flight occurred on October 8, 2015, the same date that an airworthiness certificate was issued by the DAR. The test pilot was John Veatch, one of three owners of the aircraft. The other two owners are Keith Sudac, who was the lead in the entire construction effort ... we considered him anal, which was extra good, and this characteristic clearly showed itself in the meticulous high quality you can see in the plane. Bob Brusa was chief financial officer and kept track of all of the finances, handled organization of all parts, and assisted Keith. Construction began on July 11, 2014 and was completed just 3 days shy of 15 months later.
John has begun conducting the tests outlined in the Production Acceptance Procedures, but this effort is hampered by weather conditions in the Puget Sound area.
John Veatch, Keith Sudac, Bob Brusa
jveatch at earthlink.net
From: Solomon, Steven D CTR (US)
Date sent: Wednesday 4, November 2015
After 11 years of building and life events, N51 SM, my RV-9A exceeded the force of gravity on 24 Oct at Newport News International. The plane lifted off in about 450 feet, climbed to 3000 over the field for a 28 minute test card checkout. It is equipped with an 0-320 -E2D, dual radios, Dynon Skyview with dual axis autopilot and a Garmin GPS back-up. Special thanks to Kent Stitt (RV-7A) my building mentor, John Bright who bucked the bottom skins, Pete Pearson, weight and balance and Ray Stevens who helped me locate and overhaul the engine. Thanks also to Mr Jan Bussell who let me checkout in his RV-6A and of course to Van's aircraft for a great kit and super tech support.
RV-9A, Newport News VA
steven.d.solomon.ctr at mail.mil
From: Brad Smith
Subject: First Flight, RV-7A, N957BW
Date sent: Tuesday 3, November 2015
I'm pleased to report that I successfully completed the first flight of my RV-7A, SN 74124, registration N957BW, on October 24, 2015. After 39 months of construction she took to the air without a hitch and flew beautifully straight and level. I have about 10 hours on her now and no major issues to report. Flies like a dream. I equipped her with a Superior XP-IO360-B1RD2 engine, dual P-Mags, a Whirl Wind RV200 constant speed propeller, dual touch screen Dynon Skyview panel and leather interior from Classic Aero.
I want to thank Van's for making such an outstanding kit, my wife for her incredible patience and tolerance throughout (and help setting quite a few rivets), the encouragement and help from friends and family, and Chris Droege for the excellent transition training.
From: Jake Thiessen
Subject: First flight RV-12 - N609SJ - Steve Johansen
Date sent: Monday 2, November 2015
Steve Johansen made the first flight of his RV-12 at Salem, OR airport on October 27, 2015. Steve reports the first flight went well with no surprises. The owner did his own first-flight after receiving two hours of dual in the factory -12 in Aurora using a local CFI.
This is the fourth RV Steve has built & owned, and performed the first-flight on. First an RV-6A, followed by an RV-8A, then an RV-3 (still owned by Steve) then this -12.
The -12 is equipped with a Dynon Skyview including ADS-B In and Out.
While the LSA is not as spritely as his RV-3, it's still a nice flying RV.
sent at request of owner
From: Icaza Francisco
Subject: RV-12 flys for the first time in Chapala, Mexico.
Date sent: Tuesday 27, October 2015
RV-12 serial # 12-0826
Rotax 912 ULS 100 HP
IVO prop in flight adjust 3 blades 68"
My RV-12 flew for the first time on October 5, 2015 at Aeroclub Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
I want to thank Alberto Barba, the engineer that built it in 18 months. This is his 6th RV-12 completed!
He made the first test flight and everything was great. Oscar Naranjo, Alberto´s assistant, and Chuy Reyna, the painter, made a great job. I´m sending also a photo of Chapala Lake, the largest in Mexico, during the first time I got aboard, after several hours of testing. RV-12 is a great plane!
From: Dean Wallace
Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Monday 26, October 2015
Dear Van's team, my RV12, VH-YOT, built from Kit 120679, had it's first flight on 30 September 2015 at first light at the Sunshine Coast airport, Southeast Queensland, Australia. It flew beautifully, with just a slightly heavy left wing, & a balance ball hanging slightly out to the right. Both easy to correct. The aircraft felt very light & responsive in the cool, calm morning air, - I suspect it will be a bit more agile in some late afternoon turbulence! More fun to come..
my thanks to Van's Aircraft for a great & easy to follow kit, & special thanks to many friends for their help & encouragement during the 2 year build.
From: Frank Dombroski
Subject: RV-10 N46VT First Flight
Date sent: Sunday 25 October 2015
RV-10 Kit 80136 became N46VT on 7-17-2015. First flight and Phase 1 completion followed quickly. This is my second RV-10, the plane was painted and ready for long term enjoyment at completion. What an incredibly capable aircraft and great design.
frankdombroski at gmail.com
From: david perl
Subject: first flight report for G-CILG
Date sent: Saturday, 17 October 2015
After nearly 5 years of building, the day of reckoning had arrived. The winds were light and variable, clear October skies and at last it seemed like the plane gods were aligning. Well not quite, when the time came to fire her up for her maiden flight, we had drained the battery by playing around with the Skyview system. Nothing a quick charge wouldn't sort out.
The day before, whilst running some final checks, the Dynon trim module that had been returned once to the USA for repair started playing up again with the same intermittent fault. Mendelsohns the UK importer came to the rescue sending a new unit down by overnight express delivery. Dynon also stepped up upon hearing of the recurring issue. The past 6 months were a lesson in patience with multiple avionics and people failures conspiring to test my patience.
That morning I texted Tim Jenkinson, my test pilot to say I was feeling anxious, and to ask how was he feeling? I felt a responsibility for his wellbeing, even more so as we had become friends over the past 20 years, having met at the local radio control flying club. It was Tim that planted the seed of building an RV when we visited Oshkosh together in 2002. At that time I had no PPL and other priorities in my life.
So with battery charged and reinstalled, and a quick lunch, at 14.00 with pilot strapped in, the engine was fired up. We had been up to the tower to seek the cooperation of the duty controller as Tim wanted to remain overhead the ATZ but below the 2,500 foot ceiling in case a quick return to base was needed.
A slow taxi up to runway 08, power and prefight checks completed saw my thousands of rivets, hours and pounds v(both cash and weight) lined up ready to defy gravity. What looked like no more than a few hundred feet of tarmac saw her leap into the sky and climb steeply. Tim's aim was to get as much height as quickly as possible due to few areas for a safe off-field landing . At that moment I let out a whoop of mixed emotions - joy, relief and pride. 5 years of hard work realised in 10 seconds. 20 minutes later after flying up and down above the zone, Tim came in for a smooth landing. It was good to see his RV grin whilst taxing in and reported only one minor issue, a slightly high tick over of 750 rpm. Apart from that all systems were functioning as advertised and Tim saying I should feel very proud of the job I had done, building the plane to a high standard and that she handled beautifully.
So how did I get into building a full sized plane? I've always been aviation mad, starting with Airfix kits, KeilKraft gliders and JetEx tissue and dope covered Jets that always seemed to self-combust before they took to the skies. My graduation gift to myself was a radio control trainer which I too k to the local flying club to learn how to fly. With time these models got larger, the most recent being a 42% scale Decathlon that whilst completed has never flown. I'm curious as to where these obsessions originate - one of my earliest memories being taken for a helicopter flight at Biggen Hill air show when I must have been 6 or 7 years old.
I suppose the seed was sown when I made that trip to Oshkosh. At that time I was distracted by building up my business. It was either a case of having the money but not the time of having the time but not the money to learn to fly. It wasn't until 2010 when I had been in psychotherapy grappling with my mid life existential crisis that my therapist suggested I take a flying lesson as part of my homework. By that time, I had run out of excuses and loved the flight. I went onto complete my PPL and IMC. I then purchased a quarter share in a Cessna 182 but was frustrated by the high running costs and antiquated avionics. I can't remember how that seed became germinated however in late 2010 having visited a couple of RV owners mid way through builds I decided upon buying an empennage kit to see what all the fuss was about. A day with John Michie taught me the basics of metalworking. I now had the perfect excuse to indulge in buying a new suite of tools that were nice and shiny and felt good to the touch.
Why an RV and why the 7 A variant with a nose wheel? It's the most widely built kit aircraft with a great pedigree and a wide user base. I wanted a side by side arrangement to encourage my wife to come flying with me and the nose wheel as I'm still with low hours and prefer the better forward visibility on the ground. I went for the 7 over the 9 as I wanted the more powerful engine and the capability for some mild aerobatics if and when the fancy takes me.
Following the plans was relatively straightforward. There were some excellent builder sites and builder's forums for when I got stuck. My inspector Matt Dovey gave of his time freely and generously and I learned that building a plane is not the occasion to "just wing it". Edge distances were there for a reason and I quickly learned that measure twice, cut once meant just that.
I had to learn an entire new skill set of working with aluminium. I took to it easily. The same for wiring the avionics and plumbing the engine. Little different to wiring and plumbing a house, tasks that I had experience of from various house renovations. Just a little time, and forward planning was all that was needed. I think the biggest challenge was project management, anticipating when items were needed that were not part of the kit and forward thinking issues that may be impacted by tasks that were a year of two away.
I was determined to do as much of the build solo and I achieved this. Matt helped with some of the very difficult to rivet places under the front panel, volunteering to fold up into a ridiculously small space. One of my daughters with a little financial inducement helped with some of the less arduous riveting, her with the gun and me with the bucking bar as that seemed to produce the best results and was the quickest for her to pick up. She also helped with the sanding of the fibreglass parts, a job I grossly underestimated the time and effort required., and leaving me with RSI (repetitive strain injury) that took months to settle.
I was fortunate that I had plenty of spare time on my hands and a large comfortable workshop. To undertake such a project is no small commitment. I would rank it as one of my most challenging undertakings with regard to making things. I have done more challenging things, more on the emotional front, but that's a topic for another article and likely of little interest to this readership. For every hour spent on building, I must have spent two hours on researching, reading around the topic and reviewing how other builders had approached things. At times one question would illicit ten ways of doing something. If it was a mission critical question, an email to the good mother ship at Vans would usually elicit a response.
The only job I outsourced was the painting. Murray Flint did a fantastic job and I have had many positive comments on the quality of his work. Murray was knocked out by a superbug which caused a 3-week delay. This knocked onto other areas with a consequential delay in me submitting the paperwork to the LAA, which then hit the summer holiday season with people away. And then just before the test permit was authorised, our test pilot was involved in an accident and we had to find a replacement. The avionics also caused some headaches with both Dynon screens needing to be returned for repairs along with the aforementioned autopilot/trim head and the VPX electronic circuit breaker developed a fault necessitating return. Whilst frustrating, both companies gave great after sales support and now the systems are working, I am impressed with the functionality of both systems and their integration.
As for flying her, I've only been in the right hand seat helping with the 7 hours of test flying. She flies like a dream, climbs effortlessly and the controls are light and responsive. The glass displays are a delight to use, highly intuitive but with a danger of information overload. I also really like the AOA indicator that is part of the Skyview system, than again I love machines that go beep and the AOA indicator beeps a lot when approaching the stall.
It seems tradition to end such an article with a list of thanks and it would be churlish of me not to do so. Firstly to Tim for planting the seed and stepping in to take over the role of test pilot. To Andy Hill who gave graciously with his time and extensive knowledge throughout the build. Andy was one of the two builders I visited before commencing upon this project and he was lined up to be my test pilot. To Jon Viner at the LAA who responded to my emails immediately and helped me understand the MOD process and its intricacies. To Matt Dovey, my long-suffering inspector who taught me the art of detail. To Riad and Paul at London Elstree Aviation who put up with me in their hanger whilst I undertook the final assembly, with me scrounging more than the odd nut and bolt. To John Baines and Steve Jones that taught me the art of flying. Finally and not least, my long-suffering wife, Ruth who allowed me this five year indulgence and my daughters who lost me to my man-cave.
To conclude, would I do it again? Not an RV as I've BTSTDT (been there, seen that, done that) . If I had the time and money I would look at building a Falco (I love working with wood) or perhaps something exotic like a Lancair turbine Evolution. Anyone got a spare million quid? Oh well, I better get back to earning some money or doing the lottery if that dream is to come true.
From: Graham and Kevin Gibbens
Subject: First Flight RV-7A
Date sent: Thursday 15 October 2015
First flight of RV-7A quick build was like so many of the first flight testimonials, our flight was without any incidents. engine Start up to a few test runs over the airfield, smooth, fast and fun to fly.
This plane has lived up to its reputation and we will have many happy flights in the years to come.
My son and I owe a great deal of thanks to Sean Fleming (Owner and Operator of Kit Plane Builders of Brampton Airport, North of Toronto Canada) Sean's aircraft knowledge, patients and hands on experience has created a RV to Last us a lifetime. We will be more knowledgeable pilots for this building experience.
Aerosport I.O. 375
Prince Aircraft 68" tractor carbon fiber P-Tip
EFIS-MGL-Odyssey G2 and Auto Pilot
Garmin VHF comm. SL-40
Garmin 240 Audio Panel
Garmin SL 30
Garmin 327 Transponder
Garmin AP 2 Axis
Empty weight 1084 lbs.
With so much extra space on the instrument panel we added a glove box and incorporated a iPad in the door, which can be removed on landing.
Thanks to all those pasy submitted 1st Flight e-mails to van's. We enjoyed reading them.
From: David Essey
Subject: First Flight 74155
Date sent: Monday, 12 October 2015
To all at Vans,
On the 14th August my RV7A, serial no 74155, registration ZU-IDU took to the air for the first time with Andy Lawrence at the controls.
I would like to thank the following people Andy, my AP and test pilot for all his help and advice over the thirty three months. Peter Lastrucci for his help and advice. Andy and Peter 's help simplified the project immensely. My family for their support and the Vans Team for their backup and advice.
The aeroplane is powered by a IO-360 Lycoming with a constant speed propellor. The panel is a twin screen G3X.
From: Norm Tatz
Subject: First flight report
Date sent: Wednesday, 14 October 2015
After a ten year build, RV-7 C-GNGL (72256) , had a successful first flight on October 15, 2015. Thanks to Mike Seager for the transition training and all who helped throughout this project. My RV-7 is equipped with a Lycoming IO390, Hartzell blended airfoil prop, dual GRT HX EFIS, Garmin radios, Classic Aircraft interior. I am equipped with a great big grin!
From: Shannon Hicks
Subject: 41153 First Flight
Date sent: Wednesday, 14 October 2015
I am writing to let you know that kit 41153 officially had it's first flight yesterday morning around 11AM.
Our first flight was quite short as we had one cylinder running a bit hotter than the rest. After a quick inspection of the suspect cylinder's injection port, we found the problem and were back on our way. Our second flight was perfect and lasted about 30 minutes orbiting the airport. We then landed and performed a full inspection to make sure everything was still tight and leak free. After this, we took off on a short cross country hopping airport to airport. All told, we put 2.0 on the tach and are ready for more! Attached is a photo of 41153 just prior to the first flight.
Thank you so much for making such an amazing aircraft kit.
From: James Jula
Subject: First Flight N713JL
Date sent: Tuesday, October 13 2015
I took my RV-7A up for its maiden voyage on Monday Oct 12, 2015! It just floated right off the ground as smooth as can be like it was finally where it was meant to be. The test flight went as perfect as one could hope except for one small event at altitude that caused me to cut the flight short 10mins early. Turns out that event was determined on the ground to be the GoPro camera falling from its suction mount and BANGing the baggage floor :(. At least it makes for a more interesting story to tell :).
It has a Superior IO-360 engine with a Catto 2-bladed prop, one magneto, one e-mag, 60A primary alternator and 30A secondary alternator. I designed and built the panel with an Advanced Flight Systems 5600T coupled to a Garmin GTN650. The empty weight came in at 1116 lbs ready for night and IFR eventually.
Many thanks to my wife Lori for all her help both at home and with the riveting, Roy Thoma from whom I stole a lot of ideas and received much support, and to Steve Payne, Dan Benua and Travis Shultz for key help along the way.
From: Robert & Carol Brusa
Subject: First Flight N412SB
Date sent: Monday, October 12 2015
RV12 started on July 11, 2014, and received pink slip on October 8, 2015. Also flew first flight on same day. Built as an ELSA. Empty weight 763 lbs without wheel pants. Dual sky view touch display. Short video attached.
From: Wilhelm Geradts
Subject: Firstflight report of RV7A Reg. D-ETTA
Date sent: Sunday, 11 October 2015
Firstflight Report RV7A Registration D-ETTA
After 2 years of construction our RV7A becomes a bird. Testpilot Wilhelm Geradts at the controls performed the maiden flight under CAVOK conditions in the vicinity of Trier Airfield (EDRT). The RV with a Lycoming XIO360A1B6 (210HP) and MT-Prop left the ground after 150m. The plane flew straight and level without any malfunctions. Many thanks to Manfed Neufeld und son Christian, who did a lot of work together with me. This was my fourth QB-kit. After RV9, RV10, and two times RV7, I must say that all these planes make a lot of fun to build and to fly. Many thanks as well again to vans aircraft.
wilhelm.geradts at t-online.de
From: Randy Thorne
Subject: RV-12 120276
Date sent: Thursday, 8 October 2015
Would like to report that #120276 (N86FS) first flight was on October 7th, 87 year old Frank Storm at the controls. Only issues are the trim quit (bad crimp at the motor) and the Volt and Amp values are at "0". They both worked last time we ran the engine before the flight a few weeks ago. King at Dynon talked us through a pin move on the EMS 220 a couple of months ago when there was an "X" across the Amp indication bar. Looking for any advise as to where to go, and why both may have dropped off at the same time. Tomorrow I will look for Voltage at pin 1 and 24 on the EMS 220 37 pin connector. You can respond here or my phone is 209 337 8331, my name is Randy.
From: Peter Otoole
Subject: First flight RV7 # 72487
Date sent: Thursday, 8 October 2015
Peter O'Toole's RV-7,(#72487)
ZU-IAG roared into the air for the first time on the morning of October 5th 2015, 9 years and a few months after construction began in May 2006. Mike Spence did the initial build supervision including the wing inspection when I was still resident in Krugersdorp while Richard Nicholsen took over supervision for me from 2010 after I moved to Polokwane. Richard was also kind enough to do the momentous first flight and will continue to help me with the test phase going forward. Richard reported a few minor issues including some radio interference and that the trim switch polarity needed reversing. At the time of the 1st flight I had recorded 1876 hrs on my build log. After the test phase I'll add a little more weight and some more build hrs with spats, leg fairings and an electric blue and silver paint scheme. The craft is equipped with a Superior IO 360, 180-hp kit motor that was expertly assembled by APCO in Wonderboom Pretoria last year. The prop is a Hartzell constant speed as recommended by Vans. The panel is a combination of steam gauges supplied by Vans aircraft and the MGL Explorer iEFIS. An Icom A210 Transciever and Trig Transponder are also installed. The empty weight as the plane stands now is 1048 lbs.
from left, Richard Nicholsen (AP and test pilot), myself (builder) and Pieter Gousaard (Instructor who will do my conversion).
From: duane tims
Subject: First flight N331PT
Date sent: Monday, 28 September 2015
John "Jack" Pickering achieved the RV Grin for a second time on September the 12th 2015, In his RV-12 ( Jack's first offence occurred in 1996, with his RV 6-A ). It took Jack a little over 2 years to build his plane, with help from the RV cult at Hemet-Ryan and French valley Airports. Thanks go out to Alex, John, Dick, Duane, Wayne and Buzz...(yes that's his real name and a great guy). Congratulations Jack.
From: Chuck Brietigam
Subject: Van's calendar event day at the Caldwell, Idaho airport---a red letter day!!!!
Date sent: Sunday, 27 September 2015
Darrel Kubic ( on the left) and Don Crocker (on the right) flew their initial flights today (Saturday, September 26th) from the Caldwell, Idaho airport! Both beautiful RV-9's flew exceptionally true and balanced--a strong testimony to Van's design and kit manufacturing qualities.
The planes have identical fuselage paint schemes but in different colors and represent several long years of collaborative help and support. Darrel has previously built an RV-4 while Don has completed an RV-6 and RV-10. Both new RV-9s represent exceptional workmanship throughout.
respectfully submitted by Chuck Brietigam
and RV-6XXL builder!
From: Dave Paradis
Subject: First Flight Report RV-8 N814DP
Date sent: Sunday, 27 September 2015
First Flight 9.26.2015 out of Lenhardt's Airpark 7S9, N814DP, RV-8, s/n 82483 after a little over 9 year slow build. Lycoming O360, 180 HP Overhauled, Catto 3 blade fix pitch, Dynon 7" Skyview with a few back up steam gauges. Both the aircraft and pilot wear an unmistakable RV Grin. Nearly flawless 45 minute flight. Oil door popped open at cruise but just stayed put and was not an issue for aborting flight. Aircraft painted similar to US Navy trainer aircraft T34 and T28. Flew T34s at Saufly Field in 1975, 40 years ago. Thanks to wife Susan for her patience in letting me continue hiding out in the shop while building, son Robert who bucked a bunch of rivets. And to Van Patton a former RV8 builder for his invaluable guidance throughout the project and flying his Cessna 185 as chase plane. Thanks to daughters Sara for photo work, Kirsti for planning a post flight celebration and to son Ryan for designing the paint scheme and seeing it come to life. And special thanks to Mike Seager for great transition training and advice on conducting that first flight.
PO Box 31
Hubbard, OR 97032
From: Stephen L. Murley
Subject: First Flight N745LM
Date sent: Monday, 21 September 2015
After somewhere in the neighborhood of 14 years of construction, RV-7 serial number 70346 has finally flown. First flight was on September 9/13/2015 and lasted 30 minutes. Since then, I have flown the airplane about 3.5 hrs. It is powered by a carbureted 0-360 with dual P-Mags and a Hartzell blended airfoil prop. Instrumentation includes a Dynon FlightDek 180, PS Engineering audio panel, Garmin SL 40 and a Garmin GTX 327 transponder. The panel is also wired and ready for a Garmn 430. The airplane flies as advertised meeting Vans published performance figures. I do have a little bit of a heavy left wing to correct, so it's not totally finished yet (but are they really ever?)
Thanks to my wife Jackie and my children Sam, Emily and Claire for putting up with an RV builder for such a long time. Thanks to my hangar neighbor Ron Carson (RV 7 owner / builder) who helped me throughout the build. Thanks also to all my Boerne Stage Airfield flying buddies who were always there to help and offer encouragement.
Stephen L. Murley
Boerne Stage Airfield
sjmurley at gvtc.com
From: Andy Lawrence
Subject: First Flight - RV 10
Date sent: Sunday, 20 September 2015
Vans RV 10
To the team at Vans,
On September the 4th, a cool cloudy day, I successfully test flew my RV 10. Pete Lastrucci, my AP, accompanied me. All went well and the aircraft flew beautifully!
The build process, in my garage at home, started 7 years and 7 months ago when I received the empennage kit.
The engine prop combination is the standard Lycoming IO 540 and Hartzell 2 blade blended aerofoil. Instrumentation and avionics are all Garmin, with two G3X screens. So far, I've found the Garmin kit to be absolutely awesome! The interior panels are from Aerosport Products.
Of course I must thank Margie my wife for her continued support in my aircraft building hobby, Pete Lastrucci for his ongoing help and advice, Steven my son who is the experienced ( and sometimes reluctant!) rivet bucker and all my other friends, family and EAA members who supported and assisted over the years.
LRV now has 10 hours on the clock and I'm enjoying every minute!
Krugersdorp Flying Club
(2nd time offender)
ZU-RRV RV 6
ZU-LRV RV 10
From: Scott Thompson
Subject: First Flight of RV-8 N9324Z
Date sent: Thursday, 10 September 2015
RV-8 N9324Z (s/n 82932) first flew on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Slow build kit started in January 2009 equipped with YIO-360-M1B and Hartzell constant speed propeller. Avionics include the Skyview 1000T and Garmin GTN-650. Spartan interior with Classic Aero seats, empty weight at 1136 pounds. It is based at Lincoln, CA (KLHM). Built with help from family and friends including wife Lisa and sons Adam, Lucas, and Nathan. Transition training with Mike Seager at Vernonia, Oregon. Flies sweet.
From: luca perazzolli
Subject: RV-8 83341 : FIrst Flight
Date sent: Thursday, 10 September 2015
I'm writing this e_mail in the name of my friends that had a 'first flight' event.
Luca Perazzolli, 82317.
Our RV-8 sn. 83341 made its first flight on August 28, 2015 at Sassuolo Airfield near Bologna (Italy) with Francesco 'Franz' Dante at the controls.
The airplane sports a brand new Lycoming IO-360-M1B, Propeller Hartzell Two Blade HC-C2YR-1N/N7605-2 with Hartzell 15" Spinner , ShowPlanes cowl and canopy with fastback conversion kit, EFIS Garmin G3X touch GDU 460, 2 axis AP and XPDR Garmin GTX-23ES, Skyrich Battery Lithium Ion Battery, COM Radio Icom IC-A210, two E-MAG P.Model Magneto with Ei Commander monitor, PS Engeneering PM1000II Intercom, GPS Garmin 795, ACK-04 ELT, Seats from Aero Classic Design with 5 points Hooker Harness safety belts.
She weighs 1120 lbs (empty CG 77,87 inches). We spent 2,5 years with a QB kit working together in a small but suitable hangar in our airfield. We want to thank Luca Perazzolli (RV-8 I-LUKE) for his Invaluable help and support as Technical Counselor, Francesco 'Franz' Dante (RV-8 I-EIGT) for test flights and Paolo Bastianelli inspector from CAP Toscana. VAF community was a must in this building process and, yes, you designed an incredible airplane !
From: Darrell Bivens
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thu, 3 Sep 2015
Interior is TBD as well as paint.
IO-390X Built by Barrett Precision Engines
Twin - Grand Rapids Tech HXR 10.5" EFIS Panel - With control input via Android Tablet in the middle of the panel
All the inputs/radios/transponder etc are located in the tail section.
8/12/2015 First Flight a full 12 minutes of flight time at KLVJ. Had some Com & Roll Issues, after resolving those issues, the A/C is performing very well and as of 9/3/2015, I'm at 11 hours of pure enjoyment as I continue test flight phases.
Thanks to Nick as the Safety / Test Pilot / Builder Support /Transition Trainer etc
Thanks to Steve Sundstrum flying his RV7 alongside to get an outside perspective
Thanks for all the support from the Lone Star Flight Squadron in Houston, TX
Thanks for the building support from Dave Grover & Nick Nasfinger.
Thanks to my wife for all the support, the willingness to sacrifice my time & our hard earned $$$ to complete the project & I'm very thankful to GOD and my country that I am able to have the freedom to buy, build and fly at my discretion.
darrell at thepetpalace.net
Owner / Manager / Behavior Consultant
The Pet Palace
Subject: Serial Number 90917 First Flight!
Date sent: Monday, 31 August 2015
I am happy to report that on August 2, 2015, N917VF (S/N 90917) took to the air from KFTG for the first time after a very slow build of 10 ½ years!
She is powered by a Lycoming O290-D2 swinging a Sensenich fixed-pitch metal prop. Empty weight with Classic Aero seats was 1018 lbs.
This first flight was un-eventful with surprising performance at 5500' from the smaller engine!
The panel is Van's stock pre-punched with Van's round instruments, an Icom A210 radio and a Garmin GTX327 transponder.
Thanks to my wife, son and daughter and family friends for helping build, and putting up with the airplane in the house, for all of those years. Also many thanks due to members of EAA Chapter 301 for all of their support and encouragement during this lengthy build phase!
From: Kranz, Ed
Subject: RV10 41347 First Flight!
Date sent: Monday, 31 August 2015
On 8/29/2015, RV10 N829EC took its first flight. It was skillfully flown by test pilot Doug Weiler, and it flew well right off the bat.
829EC is a slow built kit, and took almost exactly 3.5 years and about 2300 hours to complete. It has a factory new IO540, Hartzell 2 blade prop, and a full triple screen Garmin G3X touch avionics system. It has a very nice full interior kit from Aerosport Products, and is going to be a very comfortable cross country cruiser for me and my family! It did come in a little heavy (1700 empty) with all the creature comforts, but it's still has enough useful load to do anything I need it to!
Some unique features are:
Custom designed interior lighting system - works like a car. When you open a door, the lights come on!
Custom overhead switch panel for all aircraft lighting controls
Dual Lightspeed electronic ignition
Electric cowl flaps
Custom backlit switch labels
Throttle quadrant mounted in center console, from Aerosport Products
From: muj deen
Subject: RV-12 first flight
Date sent: Sat, 29 Aug 2015
Dear Team at Vans,
G-MUJD, kit No 120576 made its maiden flight on Thursday 27/8/2015 from Henstridge airfield in Somerset, U.K. It flew like a bird, great machine. Thank you so much for the best design and kit supplied. A dream came true!
I enjoyed building this little bird over the last three years, slowed down a bit by my full time job and two young children.
Thanks to all my friends and the team at Vans who helped me throughout the build.
Rotax 912 ULS, Sensenich prop, Dynon D1000, back up dial ASI, ALT & Compass.
From: Gielie Loots
Subject: Reporting First Flight
Date sent: Monday, 24 August 2015
First Flight Report: RV10, serial no 41354
RV10 serial no 41354, registered in South Africa as ZU-ICS, had its first flight on Saturday, 15 August.
Gielie Loots was the homebuilder of this aircraft. It was delivered October 2012 and after 1370 hours of building it was ready for the first flight on 15 August 2015.
This RV10 is equipped with the new Garmin G3X avionics and have redundancy on all instruments to be registered for IFR flying:
Lycoming AE10-540-D4A5 TC 295
Hartzell constant speed propeller
Primary Instrument System
Garmin G3X - GDU 370 Duel Screen
Garmin PMA8000B, 5 headsets system
Garmin GNC 255 Radio/Transponder
Garmin GTR 225 Radio
G3X Sensor Kit, 6 Cylinder
Garmin GMC305 Auto Pilot
The approved person to inspect all my work was Andy Lawrence and he was mostly accompanied by Peter Lastrucci. I would like to thank them for their regular 2 ½ hour flights from Johannesburg to Sishen and all the knowledge they have shared with me during this visits. Without their support I would not have managed.
From: Doug Rutherford
Subject: Doug Rutherford RV-12 first flight 8/21/15
Date sent: Saturday, 22 August 2015
N412DR kit #120797 completed it's first flight yesterday 8/21 at KGVL(Gainesville, GA). Flew for .9 hrs with no issues, except for a slightly heavy right wing. I was able to complete flight test card #1 during the flight. I would like to thank my wife Susan for all her support. She didn't pull a single rivet, but she managed all the monetary aspects. I did transition training with John Albury and his guidance allowed me to confidently conduct the flight. What a great aircraft! Thanks also to all the people at Van's Aircraft for the great customer service and the finely engineered kit.
From: Allen Rice
Subject: N822AB First Flight
Date sent: Thursday, 20 August 2015
On July 10, 2015, N822AB became airborne for the first time. After 6 years and 3300 hours of work (I did my own paint and panel) my RV-9A took off from Suwannee County Airport 24J, circled the field and landed without a squawk. All temps and pressures were perfect. The plane flies beautifully and almost lands itself. A world of thanks goes to my wife who bucked all the rivets and spent hours masking parts for paint. Thanks also to Jan Bussere for the 3 hrs. of transition training in his RV-6A to prepare me for the first flight. N822AB features all steam gages with an Icom A-210 comm, Trutrak autopilot, FC-10 fuel management gage, a new XO-320 and Sensinich prop from Vans. Thanks to Vans for designing such a great airplane.
From: Bill Schoen
Subject: RV-7 first flight
Date sent: Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Little late report but better late than never. On May 5th of 2014 I flew N727BN for the first time
727BN is a slow build RV-7 slider with turbo charged Subaru 3 liter engine and Quinty electric C/S prop. Dynon D-100 all glass instrument panel with an HS34 module and Dynon AP74 AP. Dual batteries and electrical system for the electric dependant engine. First flight went very well and it now has the required 40 hours of fly off time on it. Still tweaking a few things but it flies straight with a little wedge on the lower trailing edge of the rudder. Had to squeez the right aileron trailing edge to deal with slight left wing heavy situation. Thanks all of you for the splendid kit, and support, and I enjoyed the roughly 3000 hour building experience. (exception was the canopy)over the 10 year building period. Moved twice and had semi retired work interuptions but it got done!
flybill2usa at msn com
Builder # 71235
From: Jean Ivars
Subject: First flight report Vans RV4 N° 4429 F-PIVS
Date sent: Sunday, 16 August 2015
I'm very happy to report the first flight of my RV4 , it took place in the city of Dax (South West of France) on 15/08/15 at 14:15 Z time. All was perfect , a very surprisingly small plane, very fast and agile, that was obiously a great day for me after 11 years of construction. Thanks to all your team for this fabulous aircraft.....
Engine : Lycomming IO360
Fixed pitch prop from Catto.
VP 50 electric device, Dynon Efis.
Thanks again , I know now what is the famous RV GRIN.....!
Best regards, Jean
jean.ivars at gmail com
Fixe : +33 5 58 97 03 72
Portable : +33 6 14 11 44 94
From: Diran Torigian
Subject: First Flight N618RV
Date sent: Sat, 8 Aug 2015
First flight of RV-8 quick build kit #83451 at Eugene, OR on July 10, 2015. Empty weight 1,111 lbs. Titan Engines IOX-370-C4A1T, Whirlwind 74RV Prop, and Advanced Flight Systems VFR Quick Panel. Thank you to the staff at Synergy Air and AFS. This plane is a joy to fly.
From: RON DUNN
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Wednesday, 5 August 2015
RV-12 #120517 first flew Aug 5th. N812MM (8 in honor of my beautiful but sold RV-8, 12 to id this bird, and MM for my wife, co-builder and best friend Marcella) flew great. We built it as an AB with a full-up G3X Touch cockpit, including ADS-B in and out (fully 2020 compliant). My wife and I, with help from friends John Nys and Dennis Brown whipped this RV-12 out in less than 9 months, which is much quicker than the 6-year effort of my -8. Van's pre-punched kits and amazing plans/drawings made all the difference. Also, the help from Garmin was great, thanks Steve. As always, timely help from Van's staff was needed and very much appreciated. Now on to the real challenge, to agree on a paint scheme.
From: Norman Rathje
Subject: RV-10 First Flight
Date sent: Monday, 3 August 2015
First flight of RV-10 Kit #40711 occurred 5/3/2015 at Tailwind Airpark, Canton, TX. Empty weight 1646 lb. Lycoming YIO-540, Hartzel 2 blade prop, GRT EFIS and Tru Trak autopilot. This is a real rocket ship!
Code 1 Flight Training
normanrathje at gmail com
From: Scott Long
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Thursday, 30 July 2015
Today was the big day. N629SB is now an official aircraft. The JB aircraft engine performed perfectly. This couldn't have happened with out the help of my great friend Jon Thocker. And a special thanks to Mike Seager for the transition training. It was one of the best decisions I have made when I decided to get the training. This day was a 15 year dream come true. Haven't been building that long but that was when I first laid eyes the RV-8 in a gentleman's living room with the wings resting in his dining room. A few years later he kept his promise and took me up. And probably like most anyone else I was hooked.
From: Daan Conradie
Subject: FIRST FLIGHT RV8 ZU-DJC
Date sent: Thusday, 30 July 2015
RV8 ZU-DJC built from a QB kit s/n 83185 did it's first flight on a bitterly cold Sunday morning 26 July 2015 from Kitty Hawk airfield Gauteng South Africa after a 2 year and 3 month built, coincidently also the last day of Oshkosh 2015. She handles like a dream and flies beautifully straight with no roll. It is powered by a Superior XP IO-360 engine driving a Hartzell blended aerofoil cs propeller. Avionics is a single MGL Challenger screen with all the necessarry MGL bits and pieces, a VPX Sport takes care of the electrics. She weighed in at a respectable 1085 lbs (492 kgs)
Many thanks to Dawie van Staden who has completed two RV's, RV8 ZU-FCE and RV7A ZU-ISC for being the big motivator for my built and also for his help and advice during the built. Also a big thank you to Andre and Nico Burger builders of RV8 ZU-NAB for their advice and support and who were a great help in the final assembly stage. My very patient wife Henriette can now have her dining room table back and there are no more wings decorating the entrance hall to our house.
What a journey what an aircraft! Thank you Van's!
Kitty Hawk, Gauteng, South Africa
djc AT woodlandsnet co za
From: Monica y Peter
Subject: 1st flight
Date sent: Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Our RV12, serial 120709, had her first flight yesterday July 29, 2015, thanks to our friend Alberto Barba who flew her for us! A big thank you to Beto and Oscar who helped us with all the final preparations for first flight.
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
mpinmexico at yahoo com
From: Paul Marskell
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Saturday, 25 July 2015
First flight of RV-10 G-RVVY took place on 16th July at Kemble, UK after just over 8 1/2 years building. Now completed the Flight Test programme in 7 flights totalling 8 hours and awaiting issue of the full Permit to Fly.
Aerosport IO-540 powering a MT 3-blade prop. EFIS/EMS Dynon Skyview with a Garmin stack (GMA240, GTX328, GNS430W, GNC255A). Upholstery and carpets by Flightline Interiors.
Very smooth and crisp with very minor snags and a small trim adjustment to the rudder. Sweet ride!
paul_b747 at mailwtt com
Build No 40652
From: Robert Anderson
Subject: RV-8 First Flight
Date sent: Sunday, 19 July 2015
The morning of April 22, 2015 RV-8, N184GC took to the skies for the first time. Other than some EFIS configuration issues everything went well. It is straight and fast and a real joy to fly.
Under the hood is an overhauled Lycoming O-360-A1A with dual P-Mags and a Catto 3-blade prop. Instruments include a GRT Sport EFIS with EIS engine monitor and an old style airspeed and altimeter for backup. It now has 36 hours as of this writing and continues to fly great!
Many thanks to David, Will and the local builders for their help, Andy for the transition training, Jim for the use of his RV-7 and my wife Karin for all her excellent riveting help and patience with this project.
N184GC - 1 (one) 8 (RV-8) 4 (for) GC (Grandpa C)
skybobby at gmail com
From: Maxwell Anthony
Subject: RV-6 first flight
Date sent: Sunday, 19 July 2015
Just a note to let you know that after 24 years (yes, you read it right) of on-off work my RV-6 G-CIFL (plans no. 22210) took to the air on Friday 17 July at Manchester Barton aerodrome, UK, in the hands of yours truly. It is a pretty standard 6 with a 180hp Mattituck with Sensenich fixed pitch prop, mostly analogue gauges but with a nod to a glass cockpit with a little Dynon D6, and an empty weight of 1050 lbs. Thanks to my dad who helped with the riveting, my inspector Nigel Jones, Sheila, my long suffering wife, and of course Van's for a great design.
Now 5 hours in and no problems so far. Fantastic performance all round. I'm looking forward to some serious UK and European touring in the near future.
Pics of the first take off and the resulting grin are attached.
From: Jeff Quaid
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Tuesday, 14 July 2015
First flight report for RV7 kit # 70595. The aircraft first flew for 35 minutes on July 4th 2015 at Paso Robles, Ca. Municipal airport. Kit # 70595 is now N52JQ. Powered by a IO-360 EXP from Ly-Con engines of Visalia, Ca.
The aircraft flew well with a slightly heavy left wing. Only a few minor items required attention.
From: David Syvertson
Subject: First Flight Info
Date sent: Tuesday, 14 July 2015
N703CE flew for the first time June 26, 2015. Serial number 40625. Plane weighted in at 1550 lbs. Flew at 176 kts at 7,500 ft. Equipment includes - Dual G3X, SL-30, GRT-mini, PS-8000BT, GTN-625, Garmin GMC 305, GDL 39R, GTX 23-ES, 2-axis Garmin AP, Approach Fast Stack and Vertical Power VPX. Special thanks to 1) My family, 2) Houston area builders, 3) Jesse Saint, 4) Van's support, 4) Tim at Approach Fast Stack, 5) Vic Syracuse, 6) Alex De Dominicis, 7) VAF and 8) Vertical Power. The first 40 hours are now flown off.
From: Kyle Lee
Subject: First Flights RV120543
Date sent: Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015
Pleased to announce that RAA registered 19-9112, Vans RV-12 kit 120543 lifted off the ground June 30th, 2015 out of Kyneton Aerodrome, Victoria, Australia. Test flown by my father-in-law and build partner Alan Searle. Can you believe it, we still talk to each other after 4 yrs (2162 hrs) of building in my little shed. Thanks for putting up with my dumb questions for so long Al! Special thanks to my very understanding wife, Genevieve and co-builders - Jacob and Amity.
This project was heaps of fun and filled with rewarding challenges. It's unimaginable that the best part of the RV experience is just about to begin!
Ocean Grove, Australia
rivethead at bigpond com
From: Chris Golden
Subject: Belated First flight report - RV-10
Date sent: Thurday, 18 Jun 2015
N930M first flight March 25, 2015.
RV-10, 40741, EFII fuel injection and ignition (no mags), Triple Dynon Skyview Touch with all the bells and whistles (AP, ADS-B, wifi, comm, etc), dual alternator, dual battery.
Enjoying it greatly!
chris at blueones.com
From: Andy Hill
Subject: RV-3B G-HILI First Flight
Date sent: Mon, 15 Jun 2015
RV-3B flew for the first time today... 2nd RV for Andy & Ellie Hill after RV-8 G-HILZ. A slow build both in kit and time (6 years).
IO-320, 2x P-Mag, MT C/S Prop, Inverted Oil & Fuel. Built for lightweight so limited avionics and comforts resulting in 733lbs unpainted Basic Wt – Beringer Wheels/Brakes and a Narrow Deck engine help towards that.
3 flights and ~1hr – and flies straight and negligible heavy wing – now down to the proper testing, tuning and performance measuring, subjectively however goes like .....!
Thanks again to the Vans team for a great kit and service.
Date sent: Sun, 14 Jun 2015
Subject: first flight N953KM
From: Ken Morris
The first flight for my RV-10 on Jun-13-2015.
Barrett Precision Engine IO-540-X turning a Hartzell Blended Airfoil
prop. The panel consists of a dual-screen AFS 5000 series EFIS, SL 30
NAV/COM, SL 40 COM, Sandia remote transponder, PE PMA8000BT audio
panel, NavworX ADS-B, TruTrak RV10 A/P, and Dynon D6 backk-up PFD.
Thanks for a great kit. Flys like my Rv-7A only larger, very stable.
ken at morris-systems.com
From: Rick Maury
Date sent: Thurday, 13 Jun 2015
Subject: First flight RV 7
Today was the first flight of RV7, 73161, N658RM at the Rock Hill-York County, SC Airport KUZA. Flight lasted 18 min, but was cut short do to loss of Dynon Skyview EMS. Skyview network cable to EMS fell out. Landed, fixed then flew a second flight. It is powered by IO360 A1A with Dynon Skyview system, Day/night VFR. Plane flew left wing heavy, but performance was fantastic.
Want to thank everyone at Vans, Vans Air Force dot Net, and EAA chapter 961.
As a side note, it was 3 days shy of the 41st anniversery of my first power solo on my 16th birthday. Got to go to work and fly to LAX tonight.
Rock Hill, SC
maury4 at comporium.net
Subject: First flight, ELSA RV-12 N121TK, #120845
Date sent: Wed, 10 Jun 2015
06/10/2015. Launched early, the weather was perfect in Deland, Fl. Flew an hour, no gripes at all. Lots excitement & lots of fun. This is a great little airplane.
The build time came it at 1128 hrs, I was anticipating about 1200 so that was great. It was a really fun build and now I'm looking forward the flying. Empty weight came in at 754 pounds without wheel fairings and paint. Did the entire build in my two car garage with the final assembly at the airport. Worked out great.
Port Orange, Fl
tom at kodey.com
From: Ben Barron
Subject: RV-12 first flight
Date sent: Fri, 5 Jun 2015
120035 completed it Phase 1 testing 6-3-15 thanks to Glenn Howell (Axsys Air), Dave Knutson, Jeff Hamlin, Darin Anderson, Jim Scott (Aircore), Troy Dorn (Gorilla Vinyl Wraps), Tony Tessitore, all the guys at Dynon.
A extra special thanks to Art Loring my 82 year young A & P (and RV-7 builder) who was by my side every rivet making sure I did it right and learned why.
I will now go on to learn to fly in this amazing machine…I built!
From: Ken Brooks
Subject: RV-8 First Flight Report
Date sent: Fri, 5 Jun 2015
RV-8 N1903P flew for the first time on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 at 44C (Beloit, WI AP) on a calm, sunny morning. It flew as we expected and just needs a slight adjustment on the idle RPM. She's not a show plane, but she's well built with the oversight of Pilot and A&P Ed Titcomb.
Kit 80411 was first opened in November 1997, so it may be the slowest QB ever, but that is of NO consequence now. Looking forward to the next chapter in the adventure. Many thanks to my wife Donna and now-adult children Sara and Tim whose support was always set at maximum, and of course to the great design by Van and the support of his employees in Aurora. Special thanks to my partner Ed who put up with me throughout the years and always remained the consummate gentleman, even during my frustrated rants! Don't know anyone who had a bigger RV-grin than that of mine in the accompanying photo. For those not yet finished with theirs, keep plugging away. It will be worth it!
P.S. Yes, that's 68 pounds of dog food in the back seat for CG. ;-)
kenbrooks at charter.net
From: Pete Pearson
Subject: First flight RV9A
Date sent: Mon, 25 May 2015
RV-9A S/N 1072 (N27PP) took flight on Memorial day at 7:20 Am following a long gestation. Test pilot John Andre report that she is a delight to fly.
27PP has a stock O320- E3D with a Sensenich fixed pitch prop and a full blown Dynon Skyview system. The “Niner” weighed in at 1064 pounds with a mix of King and Garmin avionics.
Many thanks to my friends at EAA chapter 339 who shared moments of joy and agony during the build. Special thanks to my very supportive wife Jan, John Andre EAA 339 Flight Advisor, Eddie Sanders my top wrench man and Allan Goins for his keen eye providing support throughout the project.
From: Mike Hillger
Subject: N302RM First Flight
Date sent: Wed, 20 May 2015
N302RM RV-7, SN #71594, made its first flight May 15, 2015, in Big Spring, Texas!
Equipped with a Lycoming IO-360 B1E, Hartzell Blended Airfoil CS prop, Duel Dynon 10” glass panel with auto pilot, and a Classic Aero interior. Empty weight with paint is 1123 lbs..
Thanks to my wife, Nancy, for being supportive and so helpful. Thanks to Van’s Air Force, I could have never attempted this project without the help and guidance there. And a big thank you to Vans Aircraft for producing a great kit plane and helping me along the way!
From: Wayne Johnson
Date sent: Tue, 19 May 2015
Subject: RV-12 First Flight
On Sunday, 4/26/2015 RV-12 kit #120642 flew for the first time from S50 in Auburn WA.
Some minor rudder and aileron adjustments needed but everything works as expected. Many thanks to all who helped along the way especially Kathy, Tony, Marv and Andy. Looking forward do completing the Flight Test Cards and a paint job.
From: Andrew Herbert
Subject: First flight of RV-7 ZU-IDP serial no.73938
Date sent: Sun, 10 May 2015
Maiden flight of ZU-IDP Serial no.73938 Date of flight: 8 May 2015
Built by John and Andrew Herbert (Farther son build)
Standard build kit with a build time of 3 years 4 months
Engine: Lycombing IO360-A1A with Inverted fuel and oil systems
Prop: Hartzel constant speed
Equipment: Dual 10” Dynon Touch Skyview, with Dual ADHARS, AP controller, Garmin 430W, GMA240 Audio Panel, and GTR200 Radio all wired on VPX sport.
Both Father and Son are commercial pilots, and wanted to build a RV with a full IFR platform, but also with the Inverted oil and fuel systems to have some fun. We completed everything on the build our selfs, from the Engine, avionics, painting and interior panels. We wanted the plane to have some presence so we made the bold decision to use Metalic and pearl colours, the base colour is a 3 part pearl White, with a Metalic blue and silver.
The first flight went smoothly, where we flew for 2 hours to help with the engine break in, with remarkably few Snags. The handling of the plane was flawless.
Subject: Another RV-9A First Flight
From: Lars Eif
Date sent: Thurday, 7 May 2015
Chalk up another RV-9A on the Hobbs meter. Serial #91982 flew for the first time on May 7, 2015. Construction of this slow-build kit started in October 2010 and finished in September 2014 . It took until February 2015 to get all the paperwork and inspections in order. I decided to wait until the warmer weather to go flying.
The first flight was marvellous. The RV-9A is fast, yet very well-mannered. Slow flight at 60 knots with full flaps is rock solid. All the engine temperatures and pressures were right where they should be. And no heavy wing! Even my landing was pretty good. I just have to remember to keep my toes off the brakes at touchdown.
C-FSLE is powered by a TMX IO-320 engine swinging a Sensenich ground adjustable prop. Electric power is managed by a VP-X Pro. Instruments are dual Dynon Skyview 10" screens with auto-pilot, mode S transponder and ADSB. A PS Engineering audio panel provides com 1 and com 2 is a Garmin GTR 225. Interior is synthetic leather by Classic Aero Designs.
I would like to thank my wife Sandy for bucking all those rivets and driving many of them herself. EAA Chapter 245 members Matt Pearson and Terry Peters generously donated their time and their aircraft to give me transitional training. Ken Potters, Mike Lamb and Sandy formed my ground crew for the first flight.
I want to thank Van for designing this fantastic cross-country aircraft, and the people at Van's aircraft for fabricating and shipping the great kits. Finally, all RV enthusiasts owe a huge debt of thanks to Doug Reeves for providing us with information and entertainment in VansAirForce.net.
From: Mark Thibodeau
Date sent: Wed, 6 May 2015
A lot has happened over the 10 years since the empennage kit purchase. One thing remains true, these are great flying planes. While there are not as many in the Northeast as other parts of the country I know this build has inspired a few more as others have inspired me.
Many thanks to my family, Vans staff, Vendors and other builders whose websites, calls or emails have made ALL the difference.
While I never thought I would finish (and I did), my motto has alway been, "sooner or later I'll run out of things to do"...
If you have any question, feel free to email me at markthibodeau at live.com.
From: John D'Arcy
Subject: RV-7A first flight
Date sent: Tue, 5 May 2015
My RV-7A (VH-DYC) just had its first flight. A friend of mine, a very experienced pilot and current owner of multiple RVs and other aircraft types conducted the first flight and reported that no adjustments were required.
I then took the aircraft up and found it a delight to fly. I had done very little flying during the 11 year build period but i was just as comfortable in the RV as I had been flying our V35 Bonanza for 20 years prior to commencing this project.
The aircraft is fitted with an IO390 and MT 3 blade propeller with a simple instrument panel layout which includes an Trutrak and Altrak autopiolot system.
The finished aircraft weighed 1100 lbs unpainted. The IO390 / Mt3 blade combination produced impressive ground acceleration and the prop looks good.
Looking foward to fitting the fairings and having it painted.
Builder No 72030
southport_hifi at hotmail.com
From: Robert Melis
Subject: RV-12 First Flight
Date sent: Mon, 4 May 2015
RV-12 VH-YRT (#120346) took to the skies over Serpentine airfield (YSEN) in Western Australia on 3 May 2015, more than a year after I thought it was `nearly ready’.
However, with the last of CASA’s paperwork finally completed, our very experienced and gifted test pilot `JB’, taxied it past the two Erikson Aircranes that have been stationed here during our bushfire season (Georgia Peach and Ichabod), and took it around for a couple of initial circuits. The small group of enthusiastic onlookers who watched the first flight all had very large Van’s grins, including me. Now the real test flying begins.
Thanks to Vans for a fantastic aircraft, and to the many VAF contributors from whom I’ve learned so much over the past 4½ years.
From: Rob Montgomery
Date sent: Mon, 4 May 2015
Sunday, May 4th 2015, RV-7A (73567) transformed from a kit to a flying aeroplane. Slow Build with a gestation period of 5years 8 months.
Slider with IO-360, dual p-mags, Full Classic Aero Designs Interior, VP-Pro and Dual Dynon avionics.
Interior and exterior design and colours by my wife ( one of her many hats is “Interior Decorator”).
Flew beautifully, first off, in rough and tumble cross wind conditions … no vices, just well balanced and responsive, just as Van intended. Still smiling!
Cheers from Downunder,
robmont at iinet.net.au
From: Robert Norton
Subject: First Flight Report, N44RN
Date sent: Sun, 3 May 2015
My first annual Condition Inspection is almost due, so I should stop flying long enough to file a First Flight report:
RV-9A #9-1819, now N44RN, first took flight on May 31, 2014, after five and a half years. It climbs fast and flies straight and perfectly, and lands as easily as anything I have flown. My RV Grin is still embarrassingly evident, but much more important is the smile of my wife, as in the picture attached.
Her loyal support, in spite of this peculiar mental obsession I have with aviation, has turned into genuine enthusiasm for RV travel, and now almost a hundred hours of copilot time for her. An RV is truly worth all the years of rivets and sandpaper.
I would especially like to thank Wally Anderson at Synergy Air for his excellent classes and extremely helpful head start; my friend, Joe Cameron, for hundreds of hours bucking rivets, installing engines, building air baffles, trimming Plexiglas and invaluable advice and assistance; and Mike Seager for his amazing aviating and teaching skills, and for performing the first test flight.
Date sent: Sun, 3 May 2015
Subject: RV-10 N728TT First Flight
From: Todd and Toni Stovall
Our RV-10, N728TT, took to the skies today 3 May 15 after 8 ½ years of building.
We have a Barrett Precision Engine IO-540-X turning a Hartzell Blended Airfoil prop. The panel consists of a dual-screen Garmin G3X EFIS, Garmin GTN-650 GPS/NAV/COM, SL 30 NAV/COM, GTX-23ES remote transponder, PE PMA5000EX audio panel, Vertical Power VP-200, TruTrak GX Pilot A/P, and TruTrak Gemini back-up PFD.
I’d like to thank my wife Toni for helping and putting up with this seemingly endless project and Van’s for designing such a fantastic kit.
From: Dan Weyant
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thurday, 30 April 2015
On 4/30/2015 at approximately 6:00pm CDT N96KD took flight for the first time!
N96KD is a slow build RV-9A, built by Dan and Karen Weyant. We started construction in early November of 2012.
She consists of an XIO-320 with P-Mags, a Hartzell constant speed prop, a Garim G3X Touch Panel, and a Classic Aero interior.
From: Alex Erdelyi
Subject: RV-12 #120758 First Flight
Date sent: Wed, 29 Apr 2015
First flight for RV-12 N912AE (serial # 120758) took place Tuesday, 4/28/15 at French Valley Airport (F70). All I can say is wow, what a blast! The left wing is a little heavy and there is a bit too much bend in the rudder tab, but both are easy fixes. I'm looking forward to flying off the rest of the five hours and getting ready for paint.
Many thanks to my friends and co-builders, and Van's for their support along the way.
From: John Swallow
Date sent: Sun, 26 Apr 2015
Subject: FIRST FLIGHT
After ten years of not-so-hard work, RV-7A C-FBJV got airborne on her maiden flight at 0925 hours on 24 April 2015 with her builder/owner at the controls from the airport in Vernon, BC. The aircraft sports a Lycoming
IO-360-M1B (180 HP) fitted with a fixed pitch Sensenich prop. A Dynon Skyview handles navigation and situational awareness while a panel-mounted Garmin 196 provides something with which the co-pilot can amuse himself. Communication is via an ICOM A210 radio while ATC can keep tabs through the Garmin GTX 327. "Round gauges" were installed to keep track of engine parameters, primarily because I like them. A close look at the pictures will reveal that the aircraft is flown from the right seat (naturally!).
The aircraft and engine behaved themselves during the flight although some slight left-wing heaviness will be addressed when the test hours are flown off and all fairings installed.
I have nothing but admiration for the folks at the factory who designed the aircraft, the technicians who fabricate the various parts and pieces, and those who fill the orders and send them on their way. Bravo Zulu to you all!
A special thanks must go to repeat offender Rick Thorburn here in Vernon who took me under his wing and mentored me throughout the build process, freely giving of his time even though he was in his own active build stage. In addition, there were many other builders in the local area who gave of their time, information, and even clecoes! I am in debt to all.
From: Jeff Diewold
Subject: first flight report
Date sent: Mon, 13 Apr 2015
After 6 years N747W took flight on May 2nd 2014.
My RV-7 serial no 73117 is powered by a Lycoming 0360,equipped with VFR steam gauges SL40, transponder, encoder, I-FLY 720,Trutrak, with landing and taxi lights.
I also built a smoke system with the tank under the cowl, I wanted to compete in flour bombing events so I built a bomb bay in front of the fuel selector. It works great for dropping toilet paper on my rural friends grass airstrips.
I painted it with Ranthane tru blue and new insignia white. Empty weight was 1066 with paint.
Thank You Van for a great plane for travel and just fun.
jeffdiewoldrv at hotmail.com
From: Trevor Conroy To: email@example.com Subject: First Flight! Date sent: Sun, 12 Apr 2015
I am happy to report our RV-7 took to the skies today after 5 ½ years of building. It flew incredibly well, absolutely straight and true.
We have a stock 180hp IO-360-M1B turning a Hartzell Blended Airfoil prop. Behind the panel we have dual Advanced Flight Systems EFIS screens, Garmin GTN-750 GPS/NAV/COM, GNC-255A NAV/COM, GTX-33 remote transponder, GMA-35 remote audio panel, ADS-B in/out, and the VP-X electronic circuit breaker module controlling it all.
Our empty weight came in at 1136 lbs.
Thank you Van’s for designing such a well flying airplane and for all your support while we were building!
Trevor & Dewey Conroy
Trevor.Conroy at comcast.net www.N781TD.com
From: Michael Henning
Date sent: Sun, 12 Apr 2015
Subject: First flight RV-4
SN 2750, N654ML, RV-4, 1033 pounds IO-360A1A, 200hp, whirlwind 150C prop, Dynon D-10A, AFS 2002 engine monitor. Lots of right rudder as power went in, off The ground in less than 700 feet, 110kts in climb produced 2500fpm up. What an aircraft!
It flew great outside of a little Heavy left wing and a bit low oil temp. Perfect first landing with video too. I'm in awe of how well it flew.
Date sent: Sat, 11 Apr 2015
Subject: RV-8 N184CS First Flight
From: Christer Stenstrom
After 5 1/2 years of building my RV-8, today was the first flight. Winds were calm, sky clear, temp 38 (warm day in MN) so a perfect day.
The RV-8 performed as expected, awesome. After about 50 minutes of flying, some approach stalls (stalls at 51 kts.) a nice wheel landing culminated the event. A quick check showed all the big pieces were still attached and I can even re-use the aircraft.
I call that successful. The RV-8 is powered by a Titan (ECI) OX-360 180HP, dual P-Mags with a Hartzell blended airfoil constant speed prop. The panel is by SteinAir (who else) and has a Garmin G3X system, GTN-650, SL40, GMA-240, GTX-23ES, GDL39 and a Vizion 385 autopilot. Interior is by Classic Aero.
Empty weight is 1135. It will get paint by Midwest Aircraft Refinishing in June in hopes of having it at Oshkosh in July.
Attached is my RV grin photo along with a picture of the "ugly duckling" only a builder can love.
chrisstenstrom at gmail.com
Subject: Project completion, two years ago and not reported! Sorry.
From: Paul Kovalak
Date sent: Fri, 10 Apr 2015
First flight about June, 2013
Home airport 8D4
I finished my project after 6 years of sticking to it and taking one bite at a time. Finished just in time to get the hours flown off and OshKosh. No events during the test and performance exceeded my hopes.
Upon arrival to Homebuilt camping, the gentleman who parked me recommended I enter the judging contest and against my better judgement I agreed not knowing anything about it. Long story short, I took home a bronze Lindy and a really good experience.
I now have about 160 hrs TT and will return to OshKosh again this year.
Fantastic airplane and factory / community support is second to none!
From: "Thomas Schau Damm - TOM"
Subject: FIRST FLIGHT RV-8 80128
Date sent: Thu, 9 Apr 2015
Today my RV-8-project got airborne 9 years and 3 months after purchasing it from a good friend.
It has a Superior XP IO-360 with a Whirl Wind 200RV C/S prop.
Mainly steamgauges + Dynon D1, Garmin 296 & SkyDemon MD GPS.
Grove Airfoiled Gear and Showplanes FastBack/Canopy.
On the first flight she did 170 KTAS @ 5000' with 24' / 2400 RPM
You guys produce great airplane kits!
Thomas Schau Damm
Capt. (happily ret.)
tomair at mail.dk www.tomair.dk
From: Ian Corse
Subject: Vans RV-6A 25393 first flight report
Date sent: Sun, 5 Apr 2015
G-RVIC Vans RV-6A 25393 PFA 181A-13319
After 14 years of leisurely slow building on 18-Mar-2015 G-RVIC took to the air for the first time from Perth (EGPT) Scotland in the capable hands of Dai Heather-Hayes, our local LAA test pilot.
The UK’s 5 hour test period was flown off in the first 3 days with no problems other that an INOP auto-pilot servo. Stalls straight with no wing drop, no adjustments require for hands free straight and level. Over the following few days and a few more flights a total testing of 8 hours had been clocked up with 19 landings and the paperwork submitted to the LAA for permit approval.
Empty weight came out at 1090 lbs with an XP IO360 and Hartzell Prop. AFS EFIS, Garmin Radios/GPS & Trio autopilot. Avionics fit is intended for IFR & Night when hopefully cleared in the UK shortly.
Thanks must go to my wife for her support with the project, Peter Murray our LAA inspector, Mike Coutts for painting services, Keith Boardman (RV-12) for the loan of his battery for the first flights as mine was flat, and a few others for helping as and when. Photos taken by Wallace Shackleton.
Subject: First flight From: Tom Albano To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent: Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Tom Albano /owner builder /painter
Angle Valve IO-360 built by Ly-Con (250 Hp )
Hartzell F7666-2 Prop
Sam James Cowl
Sam James Plenum
Sam James Wheel Pants
AWI 4 into 1 exhaust
Garmin GDU Glass panel
DuPont Chroma Base/Clear Paint
1100 Lbs empty
Subject: 1st flight N882RV SN 83163
From: William Crissinger
Date sent: Tue, 31 Mar 2015
I purchased the quick build rv8 kit SN 83163 in Feb 2011 and spent 2050 hours building it and probably just as many on computer or just staring at it! But as time shows, it eventually will end.
On March 29 2015, and after some transition training with Bill Gill and rv7 and familiarization work from the back seat of Mike Lewis and his RV8, oh and some rt seat time in Bruce's rv6, I was able to take my rv8 for a 30 min flight! N882RV flew with out issue and at 6000 ft was hands off! Nice!!!
Engine is lycoming yo360 with senseich fix pitch. Have Dynon EMS 120, garmin 626 Wx slaved to Trutrak dual axis auto pilot. Some basic steam gauges. Seats are leather done by Abby at Flightline interiors.
Over the last 4 years my wife has spent just as much time at the hanger building this thing and is quite excellent in the use of the tungsten bucking bar! Thanks Brenda! I've had great support from friends at the airport and other on line. It's quite an adventure but I'm ready to start the next one... Flight testing!
From: Jamuel Ruiz
Subject: First flight for our RV-12
Date sent: Mon, 30 Mar 2015
Add another one to the hobbs meter! N813J started out in the dining room. At one point, there was an almost completed rear fuselage in our dining room. Quite a site to see indeed. Thankfully my mother gave my father and I her blessing to do this. It took 2 ½ years to complete and her first flight was on August 25, 2014 in the southern Arizona heat at Goodyear airport. To date, a total of 40 hours have been logged. The aircraft is a complete joy to fly and climbs like a home sick angel.
Many thanks to all those who helped us with this project. If it wasn’t for their knowledge and wisdom, we would still be building this aircraft. At times, it was very frustrating, but in the end, it was all worth it. The aircraft has a Dynon Skyview, canopy shade, lighting package, and wheel pants, (for those extra 4 knots!).
We always look forward to flying her to other airports and showing her off. My father and I have a permanent
From: Clark Carroll
Subject: First Flight N412HC
Date sent: Sat, 28 Mar 2015
I am pleased to let you know that on March 25, 2015, after 3 years 9 days my RV-7, N412HC, took to the air! The first flight was out of the airpark I live at, Polly Ranch (7XS0). Since it is only about 24' wide and less than 3000' long, the QP and I elected to take it to Pearland Regional Airport. Takeoff was uneventful. We circled the airport twice then pointed the nose at Pearland, only a few miles away. Flight controls felt balanced and predictable. Once at Pearland, we circled for a while working on breaking in my new Titan IOX-370 engine. At landing, winds were light and variable, so the landing by my QP was uneventful. Thank you Van's for designing such an amazing airplane! Also, your technical support staff was extremely helpful over the years. My family is looking forward to making lots of memories in this amazing airplane! I made this video documenting some of the high lights of the build and the first flight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkEKhD8week Clark Carroll
Whirl Wind 200 RV Prop
Dual EFII Ignition and Fuel Injection
Garmin G3X Touch
Subject: RV-7 First Flight July 26 2014 From: Daniel Langhout To: email@example.com Date sent: Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Better late than never! RV-7 N528DP, serial number 73083, made her first flight on July 26, 2014 at the Courtland, AL (9A4) airport. 7 years and two months of slow build construction - but worth every minute! Flew for about 30 minutes before the first landing. No problems other than a prop governor out of adjustment a cylinder head temps a bit high.
Aerosport Power IO-375-M1S engine with Hartzell BA constant speed prop One Lightspeed Plasma II+ and one Slick Mag for ignition. Day/Night VFR with Dynon 10" Skyview PFD and EMS, Garmin GDU-375 MFD, Garmin GMA-240 audio panel, (2) ICOM A-210 COM radios, Garmin GTX-327 transponder. AeroLEDS Nav/Strobe, landing and taxi lights. Electric pitch and roll trim. Classic Aero Designs Aviator seats, carpet and Sportsman side panels.
I painted the plane in the shop before final assembly. All up weight is a bit on the heavy side at 1159 lbs - but it is primed inside throughout and has fairly elaborate paint.
Subject: First Flight RV12 #120766. From: Anton To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent: Wednesday, 18 March 2015
after an exhausting year and two months - with some troubles and delays just before the finish line - I am proude to anounce my first flights of my RV12. Before I give some details I want to thank all who helped and supported me when building this aircraft.
Today, March 19th, 2015, after the final acceptence tests from Austro-Control and test pilot Andreas Winkler, the RV12 passed the first flight without any problem. Because of the wonderful weather, our test pilot couldn't resist and flew two more rounds from LOAG Krems Austria/Vienna. Just for testing ;)
Subject: N620DS (120620) First Flight From: Dennis Schoenberg To: email@example.com Date sent: Wednesday, 18 March 2015
To the great Vans Aircraft Community-
I'm proud to share that N620DS (RV-12 120620) flew its maiden voyage on Mar12 in Eugene (Oregon). I had the sincere honor to be left seat and had a very successful flight with no significant issues. It was built as an E-LSA with the Garmin 3X Touch and autopilot avionics package.
Many thanks to friends, family and EAA chapter 105 for believing in me as I chase my dreams, and a very special thank you to Synergy Air for your mentorship , technical assistance and for your friendship.
Thanks to Vans for designing a great kit and airplane; I truly enjoy flying the -12, especially my -12, and look forward to the many adventures that we'll share together in the future.
Subject:First flight, C-GPQT From: Terrance Medemblik To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent: Wednesday, 18 March 2015
After 5 years and 3 months, RV-7 C-GPQT slipped the surly bonds and took to the sky for the first time at 1400 EDT on Friday the 13th. S/N 73090 weighs in at 1103 lbs empty. Powered by a new Aerosport O-375 and swinging a Hartzell 72" blended airfoil propeller, she sports a Steinair dual Skyview EFIS panel and a Classic Aero interior. Friend and colleague, Dave Hadfield, conducted the 25 minute test flight and returned with the RV grin. Everything was great under the cowling and only minor adjustments needed to trim.
Tuesday, March 16th was my turn for the RV grin and I flew my project for the first time. Awesome airplane! This project would not have reached the successful completion that it did, were it not for some very special friends of my wife and myself. Gord Baxter, friend, mentor and repeat offender guided us from beginning to end. The learning curve is now a little flatter thanks to Gord. Art Penner, our friend, and someone who understands things all things electrical and electronic spent many hours with us making sure the electrons travel to where they are supposed to. Gentlemen, we can't thank you enough!
Mike Seager, thank you for teaching a wide-body pilot not to start rounding out at 30 feet. Your calm, competent instruction was worth it's weight in gold. Dave Hadfield, thank you for your time and expertise in a very thorough test flight.
And last, but not least, thank you to my lovely wife, Louie, for her continued support and contribution, bucking rivets, sealing fuel tanks and the other myriad of tasks needed to see this project to it's conclusion.
Can't wait to start the next one!
Subject: First Flight RV-12 Number 120749 From: Angel R. Sanchez To: email@example.com Date sent: Monday, 16 March 2015
Dear Barb, Ken, and all at Van's,
I flew my RV-12, builder # 120749, N84MY, for the first time this morning (3/16/2015). Everything went extremely well!
Aircraft flew great, no flight control issues clean and with flaperons selected, engine parameters all "in the green, looking forward to complete flight testing now.
The customer support I received from you guys at Van's was truly outstanding! Thank you Barb for being so gracious and patient with me, also Ken for his awesome builder support, tour of the factory, and rides on the RV-12 for my wife and I.
We'll see you all at fly in's and air shows, best regards
A. R. (Tito) Sánchez, N84MY, based at KAVQ, in sunny Southern Arizona
Subject: N367EB RV-8 first flight 7 March 2015 From: Eric Bale To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent: Sunday, 8 March 2015
Today I took my RV-8, N367EB up for its first flight.
It was a slow build RV-8, s/n 83085. I built my entire project in my living room and garage. I used a "recycled" AeroSport IO-320D2A, with AFP FM-100 fuel injection, slick mags and a Catto 70/70 prop. This engine was originally installed on a local RV-6. I put new cylinders on it, had the mags and FM-100 overhauled, with the bottom end having 400 hrs on it I started my project 10 March 2010 and did the first flight today 7 March 2015.
Total cost of this project is a little over $45,000.00. I have a Dynon 10" Skyview, transponder, com radio and ICS. Interior is grey paint, with seats done by Cleveland and harnesses by Crow. Empty weight is 1030 lbs. I plan to leave it "natural metal" with a FlyBoy Accessories WWII US insignia decal set so it looks P-51ish.
My current home base is M38, Hazel Green AL.
Initial test data; stall 48 KIAS, 165 KIAS WFO at 6000 with no wheel pants.
Subject: First Flight From: Ken Gwyn To: email@example.com Date sent: Saturday, 7 March 2015
First Flight of RV-8 N98KG was made on February 14 by Kenneth R Gwyn (Van's Customer 83002) at Brenham Municipal Airport (11R), Brenham Texas. First flight was uneventful except for the 12 kt 90 degree crosswind which provided a bit of a challenge but alas all went well nothing bent, scratched or broken. What a feeling after 5+ years of a "Labor of Love" now on to completing Phase 1 and beyond Flight Testing.
Subject: ZK ECE - First Flight - 13 February 2015 From: Pauline & Steve To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent: Friday, 6 March 2015
On Friday 13 February ZK ECE (Build No. 73638) took to the sky over Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, N.Z., much to the delight of the owners Pauline Coffey and Steve Carr. We would like to extend many thanks to Andrew Thompson for his expertise and dedication to the build. Thanks also to all our friends at the Tauranga Aeroclub for all their advice and support.
Vans RV7A., powered by a Lycoming IO-360 with a fixed pitch Sensenich propeller.
Christen inverted oil system and flop tube in port fuel tank.
Instrumentation is a Dynon Skyview touch screen with auto-pilot.
Interior has leather seats and full interior leather trim and carpets by Classic Aero designs.
Subject: N1605A RV-9A first flight From: Darin Anderson To: email@example.com Date sent: Wed, 4 March 2015
Greetings Van's friends!
I am happy to report that N1605A flew for the first time yesterday. The airplane is an RV-9A powered by a Lycoming IO-360-M1B with dual PMags, Catto three blade prop, and Garmin G3X touch all glass panel. She tipped the scales at 1058 lbs and is a little too light in the nose so I am replacing the LiFePo battery with a standard PC680 in the very near future. The day was somewhat eventful and I can't say I had a true RV grin after my first flight because of some engine concerns. But after correcting the issue the second flight of the day was textbook and I came back with a huge RV grin, in fact its still on my face and won't go away.
Special thanks to my family for the help and support, my friends Jeff Bloomquist and Harry Nelson for their help, encouragement and for taking the day off to help me do the first flight. Obviously these people only are the tip of the iceberg for people I need to thank so I will just say thanks to all.
Another First Flight From:
Richard Frost To:firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent:
Tue, 17 Feb 2015
To everybody at Van's Aircraft,
It is time to advance the
complete-o-meter by one. After 15 years, the
RV-9A kit you sold as 90065 is now a real air
plane! N16RF flies straight and true, with a
full-flaps stall at 43 kts. She weighs 1090
lbs including paint, full Flightline
upholstery, and Oregon Aero Seats. Power is
from a rebuilt O-320 with dual Lightspeed
Plasma II+ ignitions and a Catto 3-blade prop.
Thanks for a wonderful design,
an excellent kit, and world-class support. I
could not be more pleased.
First Flight N369RV From:
Dean L. Eiland To:email@example.com Date sent:
Thu, 5 Feb 2015
I am excited to report the first
flight of RV-9, N369RV (build number 91798).
The first flight was flown on September 26,
2014 by Jeff Hanson without any issues. Jeff
Hanson and Chuck Wilson flew off the first 10
hours and then begin transitioning me into the
plane under AC 90-116. I have since flown off
the remaining Phase I time. What a great
My plane is an RV-9 (yes,
conventional landing gear configuration) with
an IO-360 originally build by Mattituck,
spinning a Whirl Wind 200RV C/S prop. I have
installed a full GRT glass panel, TruTrak - 2
axis autopilot and aux tanks by Hotel Whiskey
(the test pilot guys).
Special thanks to my wife
Heather for letting me do this project, my
brother Eddie, test pilots Jeff and Chuck and
special counselor Mel Asberry. And of course
thanks to Richard VanGrunsven and staff for
this wonderful magic carpet.
I'll send better pictures when my baby get a
coat of paint.
Dean L. Eiland
First flight of RV-12 120633 From:
Jose DEL PESO To:firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent:
Tue, 3 Feb 2015
On November 28th 2014 RV-12
120633 flow for the first time. Everything was
OK except a light heavy left wing Thank tou
very much to Van´s staff and to the people of
Van´s Air Force that have taught me a lot of
RV9A N721WD first flight From:
William DeLacey To:email@example.com Date sent:
Mon, 02 Feb 2015
On Dec 24, 2014 RV9A N721WD took
to the Air on its first test flight. The
test pilot was Robin Reid. No major
Squawks in the first three test flights.
I am now in the transition training.
N721WD has a Lycoming YO-233-B2A engine with a
Sensenich fixed pitch prop. The empty
weight is 1005 lbs with fairings and wheel
The panel is a single Skyview
SV-D1000 system with AP.
to Dan Benua, Robin Reid and Mike Seager for
all the assistance.
N671CW First Flight From:
Warren Starkebaum To:firstname.lastname@example.org Date sent:
Thu, 29 January 2015
My RV-7 made its first flight
this past July 18, 2014 with Doug Weiler at
the controls. 1CW is a basic VFR flyer
with a Mattituck IO-360, Catto prop, Dynon
Skyview w/ ADSB and 2 axis AP, and an MGL V6
com. She weighed in at 1046 lbs (without
gear and wheel fairings) after a 14 year
gestation period. I have about 70 hrs tt
now and it is an absolute thrill to
fly. I want to thank my three
boys Martin, Peter and Douglas for helping and
supporting me through this long process, and
the continued encouragement from my wife
Cathy. I also want to extend my sincere
appreciation to the Twin Cities VAF community
including Tom Berge for his thorough
inspection(s) prior to the first flight, Doug
Weiler for flying off the first few hours to
ensure 1CW was OK to go, and Bob Collins,
Bernie Weiss, Pete Howell, and Alex Peterson
for their always cheerful suggestions.
First flight RV-8 From:
Ashish Kapoor To:email@example.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
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.
RV-8 - 83115 - Flying From:
Robert Findlay To:firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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.
Dicus To:email@example.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!
Smit To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:
My new RV9 Date sent:Thu,
8 Jan 2015
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
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
Kennedy To:email@example.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