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As of October 24, 2016 9,519 RV aircraft have been completed and flown!

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

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

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

 Submitting First Flight Reports


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From: Bruce Brielmaier
Subject: First Flight, N837DW
Date sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

N837DW First Flight

On October 4th 2016, N837DW, Kit #83137 took to flight at 12:04pm, KHAO.

The flight lasted just over one hour, and the only noteworthy occurrence was the first flight for this aircraft.

Having sold my first RV-8, construction began in December 2014 after delivery of the slow build fuselage. The major components remained the same. I added a few minor upgrades to this build, like Grove Gear and Vernier prop & mixture controls.

Equipment includes: Superior IO-360, Hartzell Blended Foil prop, G3X Touch, GTN650, G-5. Empty weight 1140lbs.

Shout outs need to go to: Van's Aircraft, JB Engines, Stein Air, Redline Avionics, and my fellow "Airport Bums". Thank You all.

                Bruce Brielmaier


From: Carl Meek
Subject: First Flight - G-ORVX RV-10
Date sent: Monday, October 17, 2016

  • RV-10
  • YIO-540-D4A5
  • MT 3 blade composite prop
  • 3x Dynon Skyview Touch 10" screens
  • Dual Dynon Com, Dynon XPD, Funkwerk Traffic Detection, Dynon Autopilot, VP-X Pro, CO Detector.

Thanks to Keith Mitchell for helping me build it, my LAA inspector Phil Trangmar, and test pilot Tony Berryman.

                Carl Meek


From: Solly Ferreira
Subject: RV7 - Maiden fliight
Date sent: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Good day

First flight of RV7 QB Kit # 70465 took place at Charles Prince Airport, Harare, Zimbabwe on 7/15/16. Kit completed by 3rd owner, with total build time of 1311hours.

Maiden flight was flawless with absolutely no issues. Many thanks to professional team of Executive Air and especially to John Gere.

  • Engine: Lycoming IO-360 180 HP
  • Prop: Hartzell - 2 blade
  • Panel: 2 x 10" Dynon Skyview
  • Dynon avionics and autopilot
  • Empty Weight: 1018 lbs

Maiden Takeoff



From: Ron Walker
Date sent: Monday, October 17, 2016

Saturday Oct 15 2016 saw the first flight of yet another RV10. Serial number 40427 was started in June of 2005 and received the airworthiness certificate from the FAA on October 12 2016. It's powered by a Lycoming O-540 A1D5 spinning a Hartzell constant speed propeller. First flight saw all temps on the warm side, but still well within the green. I kept the first flight to 30 minutes, then landed to remove the cowl and check things over. Everything was still right where it should be. Looking forward to a quick 25 hour Phase 1 fly off !

                Airworthy, but by no means complete ;o)
                N820TX @ 40XS


From: Melinda Harrill
Subject: First Flight of my RV-7!
Date sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My RV-7, serial #72691, flew its first flight on the morning of October 11, 2016 with a woman driver (pilot)! I'm happy to say it's fast & fun (like all RVs), and powered with a Barrett IO-360-X with Airflow Performance Fuel Injection, Whirlwind 200RV prop, and Garmin G3X Touch and GTN 750, it is very capable! My husband flew chase in his 14-year-old RV-6 and shared the grin after the flight!

Thank you to Van, all the employees there, the Seagers, Stein & his bunch (especially Christer!), Allen & Rhonda Barrett, Don & Colleen Rivera (AFP), the Garmin guys, James Clark, my husband Ken), and all who supported me over the years!

                Melinda Harrill
                Columbia, SC


From: Rob Dobney
Subject: First Flight; RV8 G-DOBS
Date sent: Friday, October 07, 2016

After 8 years and 11 months, Vans RV8 quick build G-DOBS took to the skies at Gloucestershire Airport in the UK on September 20th 2016. It has IO-360 with MT 3 Blade Prop, Classic Aero Interior and analogue panel.

She flew perfectly bar a minor rudder trim adjustment. Flight testing is almost complete then on to the aerobatic sign off. A huge thanks to Will Butler for his efforts and Phil Mathews for carrying out the first flight.

                Rob Dobney


From: Terry Jackson
Date sent: Thursday, October 06, 2016

Just to let you know N32TJ first flight 9/22/16. Now in phase 1

                Terry Jackson


Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Monday, October 03, 2016

RV12 ELSA N12BB made its first flight today, October 3, 2016. As is typical of Van's Aircraft, the plane was a joy to fly, with a minimally heavy right wing and no other squawks to speak of. Empty weight with wheel fairings, Dynon Skyview, autopilot, ADSB, control knob/autopilot panels, and a full interior was 758 pounds. Build time was approximately 560 hours over 5 months.

Special thanks to Synergy Air for the "quick built" kit that provided a jump start to my project. Their workmanship was outstanding! I'd also like to thank members of EAA chapter 18 for ongoing guidance at many key points along the way. Most importantly, thank you to my wonderful wife, who made the journey not only possible, but fun!

                Barry Bernstein
                Builder 120953
                Mequon, WI


From: Chad Rennicke
Subject: Maiden flight
Date sent: Friday, September 30, 2016

Great day yesterday at Vance Brand Airport in Longmont Colorado. KLMO. I made my 1st flight in my RV6A, serial #20956, N824C. It was uneventful and awesome!!! My wife and I are looking forward to many years of flying in it. Thanks for a great kit and support.

                Chad Rennicke


From: Ron Karr
Subject: 1st flight
Date sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2016

Hello Van's,

On July 6, 2016, RV-8 S/N 82486 made its' first flight -- fast, straight and true as these seem to usually be.

This RV-8 is a stock slow-build kit assembled with ease and pleasure over 2,040 hours of build time and ten years. It weighs 1066 pounds, and is powered by a Van's supplied YIO360-M1B and Hartzell constant speed prop. The aircraft is equipped for day/night VFR utilizing a Dynon SkyView system with assocated comm, GPS, transponder, heated pitot with AOA, intercom, and 2-axis autopilot. The seats are by Oregon Aero. A Dynon D-1 is installed for SkyView back-up.

                Thanks, so much,
                Ron Karr


From: Hermann Schiele
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Monday, September 26, 2016

I completed my RV-8 in July and the first flight was on 21st September 2016. All went well and only very minor adjustments necessary.

It has an Aerosport Power IO-375 with 195hp, Raven Inverted System, Whirlwind 74RV prop and Classic Aero Interior, two 7" Skyview displays and some backup instruments.

I installed a removable 10 Gal aux tank in the rear baggage compartment.

I don´t have a grin photo but believe me the grin was in my face after the first flight - and still is!!

                Hermann Schiele


From: Glider Guider
Subject: First flight RV10
Date sent: Friday, September 23, 2016

N10840 (Glamorous Glenys) took to the air from Apex Airpark in Washington on Sept 9th 2016 Powered by a fuel injected IO540 and guided by Garmin G3x with 3 axis autopilot, ADSB and all the bells and whistles, she took off like a homesick angel. Test pilot Ron Vandervort, with 1700 hrs of RV6 time logged, was impressed. Trim was perfect, we were off the ground half way down the 2500' x28' runway with ease. Owner/Builder Ian McFall took the left seat but Ron made the take-off and landing at Bremerton International.

Picture shows Camera operator Carol Vandervort, Test Pilot Ron Vandervort, Builder Ian McFall, and chase plane (Hyperbipe) pilot Wayne Sergeant

The tail cone kit was delivered late August 2014. Thanks to all my CAP glider program cadets Keenan Boudon, Nathan Boudon, Joe Buxton, Garrett Stanley, Christian Stanley, Jacson Odette and Dillon Bumgarden. Also to friends, the Stanleys, the Burgans, the Bernerts, Jeff Kerr, and Chris Raymaker. Special thanks to Woody Woodbury for teaching me so much and to Hal Beattie for keeping me sane on days I was about to take a chain saw to it and to nephew Nick and Stuart who made it all possible

                Ian McFall
                Glider Guider
                PIC's follow subject N10840


From: gary grubb
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Friday, September 23, 2016

First flight on 11 July 2015. Superior IO360, Catto prop, Grove gear and showplane fastback. Slow build kit that took 49 weeks to build with a lot of help from my friends.

                Gary Grubb
                Builder #83444


From: Harald Roen
Subject: First Flight for Black Magic 03 september 2016
Date sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016

After 16 years of building, designing, creating and just having pure joy while doing it, it was time for LN-FRV to slip the surly bonds of Earth, and if not touch the face of God LN-FRV really touched me! Some facts: It flew fabulous; it has a FADEC Lycoming IOF-360 A1B6 210 HP, Whirlwind propeller, empty weight a bit on the heavy side with its 1160 lb, 2 alternator 24 Volts systems, IFR equipped. Climbs like a rocket.

I would really like to thank my bride Elisabeth for holding on, all our 5 kids, and a super special thanks to my tech-counselor, my uncle Bjørnar Vollstad, for all his help. He has always been keen to come over to help out. He has done this before in 1991 with his RV-4 LN-BJV.

A special thanks to my cousin and co-owner Øystein Vollstad, who started the dream with me. Thanks my friend!!

And to all people that has helped and supported me..THANKS!

Vans, you nailed it with the RV-8!!!!

                Bstrg regards and still smiling
                Harald Roen


From: Charles Eastlake
Subject: First flight report
Date sent: Friday, September 16, 2016

I made the first flight of my RV-12, N614CE, on Sunday, 9/11/16. It went as smoothly as anyone could have asked for. Second flight was 9/15/16 and went equally well despite weather too poor for anything except trips around the pattern. The serious flight test data taking will start as soon as the weather improves but initial familiarization tests show that stall speed and cruise speed are right where they should be, the control feel is very pleasant, and takeoff and landing distances seem shorter than I expected. The feeling of builder satisfaction is pretty significant, though I don't have a grin photo to prove it. A photo of the plane is attached.

                Chuck Eastlake, Builder #120768


From: Ron Belliveau
Subject: RV-14A first flight
Date sent: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hello Van's

C-GLEP Kit # 140018 flew for the first time on Aug. 27 , 2016. I do believe to be the first in Canada. As soon as I lifted off I could have let go of the controls as there was no heavy wing and both trims were dead on. My aircraft is pretty much stock other than a gascolator (Thanks Canada) and insulating the firewall (thanks Dan Horton). I did upgrade to the throttle quadrant (thanks Tim Olson) and after transition training in the factory ship I'm glad I did the upgrade. I had previously built an RV-10 and loved the way it flew and was hoping for similar results in the RV-14A. The jury is not fully out yet but I'm leaning towards thinking I like the RV-14A better than the 10. Coming in for a landing in turbulent weather, when you slow the airspeed down to 80 kts. this craft just floats right in ever so smoothly. Completed my 25 hr. airtime test phase on Sept. the fifth with only having to reseal # four head gasket for a small leak and of coarse an oil change.

                Ron Belliveau


From: Bill Marvel
Subject: First flight ops normal
Date sent: Thursday, September 08, 2016

Hi all:

Many of you weren't aware I have been building an RV-14A for the past two and a half years. My wife actually asked me to do this as she wanted more room, better heat and an instrument panel, all of which are lacking in our RV-8A. That has been Job One for me and has been a great experience. It is my third build, my second Van's aircraft and surprisingly easy given the quality of the newer style plans and drawings they employ.

I flew the aircraft for the first time just after dawn today. All went well for the 30 minute flight. At 6500 feet MSL (1700 feet AGL) it was still cool enough for me to get 78% power and all CHTs remained well below 400 the entire time. The angle valve IO-390 engine apparently cools much better than does the parallel valve version as in my -8A where I saw 450 degrees CHT during break in flights.

I noticed the oil temp was higher than I expected at 210, in part because of break in but also because the IO-390 engine has piston squirts that carry piston heat into the oil. I suspect for that reason the oil temp will always be higher than in the O-360 in my RV-8A.

Had a few minor squawks, all fixed now. Will put several hours on the plane tomorrow, mainly letting the autopilot fly it straight and level for more engine break in. That will give me time to learn more about all the electronic wizardry. Once I'm happy with the engine I'll get more into flight dynamics -- stalls, steep turns, minimum controllable airspeed, slow flight, performance at different power settings and altitudes etc. Then comes learning all the RNAV stuff built into the Dynon and Garmin boxes.

I have to fly 40 hours for Phase I testing so there is plenty of time for me to climb the learning curve of the new avionics. Reading about it in a book is one thing; actually operating it and seeing in color and real time what happens is something else.



From: Michael Adenau
Subject: RV-7a done, next project RV14?
Date sent: Friday, September 09, 2016



I want to inform you about my finished project RV7a QB,

Start building: 11/2010
First flight: 9/2012
Final certification:10/2015
Motor: ECi IOX360, 188hp (Titan)
Ignition: 2x Light Speed
Electric: 2x generators, 2x batteries
Cowling: James Cowling and Plenum
Interior: Classic Aero Designs
Color Scheme: Scheme Designers
Avionics: AFS 4500, AFS AP,Garmin GNS430W, Stein Air

Actually I'm planning my next project.
Possibly it's a RV14a.

                Best regards
                Michael Adenau


From: Alan Carlisle
Subject: First Flight RV14A Serial No 149. Registered VH - XIV
Date sent: Friday, September 09, 2016

With great joy and excitement we wish to announce the first flight of our RV14A on Monday 5th September 2016 - Serial number 149. Australian registered VH-XIV (XIV is Roman numerals for number 14 - just in case you didn't get it, we think it's a cute call sign).

It was a husband and wife project, although Suzanne reminds me that she set 85% of all the rivets therefore correctness requires me to say it was a wife (boss) and husband (bucking bar partner) project. We commenced in April 2-14 and worked pretty much 6 days a week, 6 hours per day and tallied 2589 hours in the build. Our only delays were waiting for Van's to keep up in their kit manufacture (being the latest model I suppose you have to expect that).

A special thanks must go to the Support Team at Van's who were very patient and helpful even if they did have trouble understanding Australian grammar at times. We used version 0 plans for the best part and found occasionally some minor issues and the Support team and Engineering section were great and we even helped in some version updates - that is a great partnership relationship. Can't recommend the Van's team too much.

Now the aircraft; We etched, alodined and epoxied the interior and our weight came in at 1288lbs (our hanger is 200 metres from the sea). The instrument panel comprises entirely Garmin products. Twin Touch G3X EFIS, GTN 650 GPS, GTX-33 W/ES Transponder, GTN 240 audio, Garmin roll and pitch A/P., VPX circuit breakers, TCW back up battery. Lycoming YIO 390 matched to a Hartzell 74"prop.

The only glitch so far is we did not check the pre load the nose wheel bearing immediately before first flight and we got some nasty nose wheel oscillations on first landing, quickly fixed.

Thanks go to Col Crittenden our teacher and coach for the first 24 hours of our build and to Trevor Mills who was kind enough to conduct the proving flight and transition training.

                Alan Carlisle


Robin Coss Aviation in South Africa recently sent us some pics of their most recent RV completions. An RV-7A, RV-8 and RV-10 completed to a very high standard in their Cape Town facility.

They are presently working on four RV-14As, as well as more RV-10s, 7s and 9s, so we hope to see more completion pictures soon. Robin commented: "I must commend you on the RV-14. It is a fantastic kit. It is leaps ahead of any other aircraft and the degree of accuracy is astounding." Coss Aviation has constructed many different kit aircraft, not only RVs, so praise from them is very gratifying. Congratulations to Robin and his team for their high class work.



From: Ben Keen
Subject: RV-9 First Flight
Date sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2016

On August 21, 2016 N913EN and I took to the sky over Downtown St. Louis Airport. Flies straight and fast just as expected!

                Ben Keen
                Thanks to my dad John, wife Carissa, and all of the friends who lent a hand along the 12 year build.


From: Doug Rehder
Subject: Kit # 72217 N29NM
Date sent: Friday, September 02, 2016

Just wanted to inform you that N29NM, kit #72217, made its first flight June 23, 2016. N29NM is an RV-7A.

                Doug Rehder


From: Charles Price
Subject: First flight G-CIWB (20504)
Date sent: Friday, September 02, 2016

Hi all,

After two years of construction my RV-6, registration G-CIWB, took to the air on 16 August in the capable hands of RV4 owner Adrian Brook, and what a wonderful sight it was too. I purchased the part built project in Arizona just before my 23rd birthday and proceeded to have the kit shipped back to the UK. The wings and tail had very nearly been completed by the previous builder, so my main tasks were construction of the fuselage, wiring, plumbing, canopy, engine installation and all things fibreglass, with my very first job having been construction of a jig for this very early slow build fuselage.

Thankfully, when weighed the aircraft came out very light and as a result I could not be happier with the performance as we are regularly seeing 144kias at 2300rpm, and yet having a stall speed of only 43kias! The aircraft is powered by a Lycoming O320 B3B (160hp) with a Sensenich fixed pitch propeller. The interior was done by Classic Aero who did a wonderful job.

Clearly a huge amount of thanks must go to many people without whom I wouldn't be writing this now, but special mention must go to Alistair Stenhouse (builder of RV6 G-CHFI) for invaluable advice, Vans customer support who were simply superb throughout, and of course my family for endless support. This has been such a fantastic experience I simply can't wait to start building another RV. The only question that remains is, which one?

                Charles Price
                W.Sussex, UK
                (Builder No. 20504)


From: Ariel Bello
Subject: RV8 First Flight
Date sent: Monday, August 08, 2016

A little late but here's my RV8. First flight on November 18, 2015. Engine is an Aerosport Superior XP-0360 with dual Pmags. Dual Dynon Skyviews and a full fliteline interior.

                Ariel Bello, Repeat Offender
                Carlsbad, CA


From: Brian Moline
Subject: First Flight
Date sent:

After almost 20 years, Jim Johnson's RV6 N1133K, S/N 21234 took to the air on 07/28/2016 at Bulverde Airport (1T8) in Bulverde Texas!

Flight lasted :45 and was uneventful! Test flight was flown by RV7 owner and builder Brian Moline with Charlie Brame flying chase in his RV6A.

Engine is a Lycoming 0-320 B3B 160 HP with a Craig Catto two bladed prop.

Avionics are basic VFR. Empty Weight is 1015lbs.

I would like to thank all those from the our RV Builders group that meet at Luby's whom have helped me over the years.

                What a great feeling!
                Brian Moline


From: Charles Stobbart
Subject: RV-9A ZU-IXA kit No 91018
Date sent: Sunday, August 07, 2016

Hi All,

RV-9A kit 91018 shipped from Van's 10.25.2004, arrived in South Africa December 2004. Work started December 2007 and proceeded slowly till 'life got in the way' and the aircraft was finally completed in July 2016. 5 years after retirement. In the interim I helped a friend complete his RV-9 QB (3 years in my workshop) during this time I purchased an RV-10 from the estate of a friend and spent another year (1300 hours) rebuilding the aircraft to my personal standards. The RV-10 is an AWESOME machine.

ZU-IXA finally took to the air on Thursday 4 August 2016 with all temps and pressures in the green on the new (in 2004) Lycoming O-320. The aircraft has a 160 HP Lycoming, Garmin G3X Touch single screen and Garmin stack including GMA 240 audio panel, SL 30 Nav/Comm and GTX 327 transponder. Second Comm is an Icom A 210 and TruTrack Digiflight 2 autopilot.

As usual, thanks to Van's for a wonderful kit. To my wife Maureen for her support and the occasional push to get me going again.

The RV-9 series are (in my opinion) Van's best kept secret. Running in at 1500ft with 80% power (Garmin readout) 26" MAP and 2550 RPM, the aircraft indicates 155 Kts. Not too shabby for an aircraft with the gear welded down. Unfortunately it burns fuel at RV-10 cruise rates doing this.

Next project: RV-9 QB No 91983 waiting patiently in the hangar. This will be my last homebuilt. I Think.



From: Myra Bugbee
Subject: First Flight Report N199MJ RV14A
Date sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

N199MJ -- Up, Up, and Away

On July 26, 2016 at 8:38 am EDT, N199MJ flew for the first time. The IO 390 purred like a kitten. At 75% power on a 95 degree day, the highest engine temp was 381 degrees. The RV14A is comfortable, flies smooth, feels solid, and is very responsive to control input. We flew almost 4 hours on the first day. THANK YOU to Nathan Rigaud of Two Bums Aircraft, Inc. in Sebastian, FL for all his assistance and expertise that helped get to this incredible day!!

                Fly, Learn, Mentor, Inspire
                Myra Bugbee and Roger Hirschbein


From: Sam Valadez
Subject: First flight N279RV
Date sent: Monday, July 25, 2016

Dear Vans,

After 15 years 3 months and 21 days, it's finally flying!!! I remember thinking when I got the tail kit that I would be done in 2-3 years. Well life has a way of getting in the way! The biggest thing that set me back was I was duped into putting a Eggenfellner Subaru engine on the plane. I had it running and ready for prop installation when I caught wind that there were multiple gear box failures with the engine and a mandatory gear box replacement service bulletin and Eggenfellner had gone out of business! I bit the bullet and scrapped the Subaru engine and bought a Lycoming which required me to completely rewire the entire engine compartment and instruments. I'm so thankful that I switched to Lycoming!!!

Thanks to my friends and family for all you help, love and support! Also a big THANKS to my BFF Joe Thalman ex F-16 fighter pilot, experimental builder and United airline pilot for helping me get her flying and doing the initial test flight! She flew completely hands off with no bad tendencies and is a complete pleasure to fly!

She has an Lycoming O-320-D1A spinning a Hartzell constant speed prop and is equipped with auto pilot, electric trim, Dynon Skyview as primary instruments and Grand Rapids as backup with no steam gauges. She weighs in at 1070 lbs. empty.

Thanks Vans for all the support and for answering all of my questions and explain things sometimes two and three times! What a GREAT flying Airplane!!!!

                Sam Valadez


From: Rich Elb
Subject: 1st flight today
Date sent: Friday, July 22, 2016


To all of you that helped me get here, especially Suzanne who spent many hours with me bucking rivets, handing me tools, deburring sharp metal pieces, and just helping me with my sanity through this ordeal.

3 year 2 months and my baby flew for the first time this morning. !.5 hr flight with no issues. Fly's like a Ferrari! Fast, responsive, straight and can it ever corner!!! Got it up to 165 knots (190 miles per hour).

Wow, worth every hour spent on it.

Have to fly 40 hours solo and then can take Suzy with me for some serious travel.

                Love to all,


From: Richard Owen
Subject: RV10 41092
Date sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016

After 5 years, ZU-JTA has taken to the skys!

First flight went flawlessly!

We flew for 90 minutes, and the Lycoming eased up after the first hour.

It is owned and built by Trevor Atkinson, Richard Owen and Jonathan Atkinson.

It is based at Tedderfield Airpark in Johannesburg, South Africa.

                Richard Owen


From: John
Subject: First Flight RV-10 (N319BC SN 40102)
Date sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016

On July 14, 2016 @ 1414z N319BC made its first flight. Total flight time was 45 minutes. Serial #40102 was started on November 10, 2003 and was completed on May 30, 2016. The airworthiness certificate was issued on June 23, 2016.

Lycoming IO-540-C4B5 250 HP 
Dynon 10" & 7" Skyview 
Garmin 796 
Fl-760 x2 radios 
PM-3000 intercom 
Alpha Systems Eagle AOA 
Empty Weight: 
1617 lbs. 

Thanks to everyone at Vans for developing such an incredible flying machine and thanks to my wife, Fida for having the patients to see this project to completion.

                John Hurst
                Lakeland, FL


From: Andrew Peterson
Subject: RV10 Finished
Date sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016

VH-MWG based at Jandakot (Perth, Western Australia) had its first flight on June 30, 2016. Despite a very low-key affair several guys came out from their hangars to celebrate afterwards with a beer. The QB kit was built in a speedy 27 months and boasts most aftermarket goodies to elevate the finish. Dual G3X Touch screens and a GTN650 form the backbone of the avionics. The Garmin stuff was really a pleasure to work with and it is cool having ADSB out and in (only the poor man's AC to AC version here in Australia). Comes out at 1683lb empty. There really was nothing too difficult on the build that could not be worked out with several other brains. We really are lucky that Vans can put together such a precision kit for great value and the result is something that outperforms most certified aircraft - and built by someone who did not know what a cleco was over 3 years ago!

                Andrew Peterson
                Salter Point
                Western Australia


From: Wally Johnson
Subject: RV7
Date sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016

Here is a video, after test flight with Blackhawks in the background. My wife and I started build April of 14 to test flight on December 17 of 15. We also did the paint. Stein panel, Power sport IO 382 engine.

Whirlwind prop, and Cassic aero interior. Great aircraft!!! Builder # 71064.

This is my 2 RV to build. First was a RV 4 back in 1992 .

                Wally Johnson


Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Friday, July 15, 2016

Good Morning. Today the 16 th July . I did the first flight in RV 12 no 917, NZ reg ZK-DMB. In New Zealand. This is my second RV 12 build.

                Malcolm Belcher


From: Trevor Atkinson
Subject: First Flight RV-10
Date sent: Monday July 18, 2016

Hi Anne,

Please see attached photos of our completed RV which took its first test flight On Saturday 16th July 2016 and all went well after five years of building.



From: T R Thorburner
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Monday, July 4, 2016

Reporting first flight. C-AJE the first flight was a wile ago: now she has flown her time off as required.

She is now a free bird. As an old Cub and Champ pilot she feels comfortable.

M series engine,steam gauges for EMS, SKYVIEW for EFIS.

This is my fourth of Vans aircraft, No 5 is in the hanger, 60% done,90% to go.

                Thank You Vans
                T R Thorburner


From: Calle Bjurström
Subject: RV-4 #2784 SE-XZT
Date sent: Friday, July 01, 2016

First flight of "zulu tango" took place 30th of june at Visby airport (ESSV), Gotland/Sweden.

The airplane handled very well and I'm really looking forward to further flight trials.

  • O-320-E3D
  • WW GA200L
  • Dynon Skyview/Radio/Xpndr&A/P
  • 445kg

Build log:

A big thanks to VANS, VAF and everyone thats been involved in this project.

                Thanks// Carl


From: Harry Deloach
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016

N68HJ was flown on April 26, 2016. the fuselage had to make a return trip from West Tn back to Vans after ABF trashed the firewall. It took about 27 months to complete. It flys great, rigging was perfect. It has a Lyc 320. fuel injected, with 2 E mags. prop is a fixed pitch Sensenich. Panel is all Garmin,G3X, Com radio, Transponder, Audio pannel, stand alone auto pilot controller 307. Thanks to my buddy Gary, this is our 4th airplane to build together.

                See you at Oshkosh


From: Richard Dickison
Subject: RV-12 #120729 N312RD First Flight
Date sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016

On June 11th Mike Seager took N312RD on it's first flight; after which, he flew Phase 1 fly-off. Reportedly, the plane flew "perfect"....all temps and trim A-okay.

Following Phase 1 fly-off (completed the following day), I was able to complete my transition training....and on Monday the 13th, I got to take N312RD up myself...see attached picture.

This has been a dream come true. After 3 years of building in my garage; some 43 years after flying in the Military....I'm finally back above the earth. Much thanks goes to my understanding wife Sandy and neighbors, who occasionally helped lifting things to heavy just for me alone.

                Here is that RV grin.....Van's, you and your crew rock??
                Richard Dickison


From: Oren
Date sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

First Flight of Sn. 20357 N929CM, was Sunday June 19, 2016 10 am. handled very well , will need some adjustment.

                Thanks to everyone.
                Oren Cooley


From: Larry DeCamp
Subject: RV-3 complete and out of Phase1
Date sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

  • Kit#: 11467
  • Builder: Larry DeCamp
  • Completed: 10/17/2015
  • Wing Type: 3B
  • Wing Mod: NA
  • Fuel Tank: Wing
  • Registration: N243RV
  • Engine: 0320 Carb
  • Prop:Catto 70 x 72
  • Empty Weight: 762
  • Gross Weight: 1220
  • Empty CG: 58.4
  • Owner: Larry DeCamp



From: Dick Bangsund
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016

June 15,2016, first flight 1,000th RV12 kit takes to air.I started kit Sept. 1st 2015 so you can see it took a little over 8 months not counting FAA approval.Plane weighs 743 pounds and I did paint job thanks to Rudy's approval to copy. Van's kit was first class quality, and a pleasure to build!

                Dick Bangsund,
                Lopez Island Wa.


From: Rob W
Subject: 9A First Flight
Date sent: Saturday, June 18, 2016

After 4 years, 9 months, 19 days; and in between having two kids, and a house renovation, I finally finished my RV. I flew the first flight was on the 26th March at Cessnock, NSW, and other than a few EMS alarms that were a little conservative, and the expected warm-running engine, the flight went perfectly, with only the slightest skip on landing. Despite careful planning, I still managed to forget to turn on the GoPro before takeoff though...

My RV, named Aurora Australis, is registered as an "ultralight" in Australia, one of only two on the RAAus register, and though it does limit payload significantly, it meets my requirements perfectly at present and can be upgraded to full capability later. Empty weight is 981 Lbs with a derated (165HP) ECI OX-340S, Sensenich ground-adjustable prop, single-screen - for now - Skyview system and an interior I sewed myself. The only unique thing about my RV is that I have set it up to fly from the RHS and I have installed an automotive dash-camera on the rollbar as an event recorder. She appears to meet the book figures, though with only 15 hours flown so far testing is ongoing to determine the best performance.

The plane was genuinely enjoyable to build, and less than a half-dozen calls to the lads in Tech Support (BIG thanks fella's) reflect the quality of the kit, and the Factory's skill in designing a kit that an everyday bloke can finish and fly. It wasn't until I was putting the plane to bed after the first flight that the RV grin *really* started.

                G'day to the crew at Vans!


From: Tim Olson
Subject: RV14 N14YT first flight
Date sent: Friday, June 17, 2016

Hi all, I got the first flight on my RV 14A model today. It's got the standard Iowa - 390 from Van's, weighed in at 1309 pounds, and I have the longer of the two propellers that are offered for this model. The panel was built exactly the same way as my RV10 N104CD to make it easier for my wife and daughter to use both airplanes.

The first flight was very very good. There were no high temperatures, and no squawks of any kind. The airplane flew very well, had great performance despite the lack of wheel fairings, and landed very easily.

It was a long road, but flying a brand-new RV is always enough to make a person grin!

                Tim Olson
                RV14 kit 140032
                Flight date 6/17/2016
                Tim at


From: Karl Richcreek
Subject: First Flight RV-8 N151TK
Date sent: Friday, June 17, 2016

After 7 ½ years of building, I received the Airworthiness Certificate for my RV-8, "La Otra Chica", on August 12, 2015. First flight was on August 14th and she flew straight as an arrow. The RV grin is alive and well!! She flew naked for almost a year until she was painted in May 2016 at GLO Custom in TX and the nose art was provided by Victory Girl in CA. The paint scheme mirrors my all-time favorite aircraft, the F4U Corsair, and this particular one is hanging in the Udvar-Hazy museum in Washington DC. Grady at GLO took a bunch of pictures and turned them into reality.

I have to thank my wife and number one fan Traci. Without her support there is no way this project would have been started or let alone finished. I also have to thank all the members of EAA-1099 in VA that helped with the final assembly. Transition training was provided by Mike Seager in OR. Thanks also to all the members of VansAirforce who knowingly or unknowingly provided a whole lot of ideas and a whole lot of help.

  • Mattituck XIO-360
  • Hartzell constant speed prop
  • Raven inverted oil system
  • Inverted fuel system
  • Dynon D180
  • Dynon HS34 Autopilot control
  • Dynon 2 place intercom
  • iFly720 GPS
  • TruTrak Gemini standby attitude
  • Garmin GNC-255A Nav/Comm
  • Trig TT31 transponder
  • Flight Data Systems GD-40 CO detector
  • Kuntzleman triple strobe lights
  • Infinity stick grips

                First Flight Vans RV-8, N151TK
                "La Otra Chica"
                Builder #82826


From: John Davis
Subject: First Flight RV7 N907JD
Date sent: Monday, June 13, 2016

N907JD a 180 HP, CS, G3X equipped RV7 finally did on June 9, 2016 what Orville and Wilbur managed in December of 1903. Having built an 8 and a Tip up 7 previously the sliding canopy 7 struck me as the easier to build. With no paint the aircraft weighed in at 1070lb.

                John Davis, Birchwood, Alaska.


From: cuso ortiz
Subject: Vans RV-8 built in Puerto Rico
Date sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2016

RV-8 built in Cayey, Puerto Rico. Here after landing and flown by me.

                Cuso Ortiz


From: Joe arvai
Subject: RV-10 N975RV First Flight
Date sent: Saturday, June 04, 2016

Looks like I get to be the 800th RV-10 flying!

First flight on 31 May 2016. Started work on 11 Jan 2014 so less than 2.5 yrs. Built from a standard kit (#40976) total time 22,500 hrs and lots of patience on my wife's part.

Powered by a Lycoming IO-540 C4B5 engine mated to a Hartzell HC-C2YR-18FP/F8068D prop. I went with a Garmin cockpit: Two 10.6 in G3X touch displays, GSA- 28 autopilot servos operated through a GMC-305 display, a GTR 200 com radio, and a GTN 650 GPS/COM/NAV to meet IFR requirements. Additionally added a GTL 39 to receive ADS-B information as well as Garmin Pilot information. The GTL 39 is wired into the G3X display so I can look at the traffic and weather information directly. Added a backup Grand Rapids Technology GRT Mini-X display with its own battery and GPS in the event main power is lost.The com panel is a PS-Engineering PMA8000BT.

The center armrest and overhead console are by Aerosports Products and adds a lot to the interior look.

Weight came in a bit heavy at 1659 lbs, but figured that was because I did the paint myself and went heavy on coats.

As my last name is Arvai (pronounced RV) it was natural to build an RV!

It is a joy to fly. Thank you VAN's!

                 Joe Arvai


From: John Clark
Subject: First flight - RV-12 120323 N6699Z based at KMPR.
Date sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016

The airplane was signed off by a team of inspectors from the Wichita MIDO on May 25. The MIDO team had just signed off on Doc, the B-29 down in Wichita, so it was an excellent week for them.

The inspector gave me a 20-hour phase 1 and a 50 mile radius.

The first flight was on May 28. It lasted about 15 minutes. The airplane and all systems performed as expected. I now have about 7 hours on the Hobbs and the airplane is a blast to fly. A bit different than my RV-9A but every bit as fun.

My thanks to Gus for helping with the MIDO requests and especially to Scott McDaniels and his sage advice often seen on Vans Air Force.

                 John Clark
                 RV-9A N6699
                 RV-12 N6699Z


From: John Walker
Subject: RV-10 First Flight
Date sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

On Friday May 13th, after 2.5 years, I took our RV-10, N265WD, serial number 40276, into the air for the first time... Except for an oil door that popped open and some hi CHTs,the flight was a non event. It flew just like I had expected from my training with Mike Seager.

Our plane features a BPE XIO-540 with cold air sump, MT 3 blade prop, Full EFII electronic ignition and fuel injection, Showplanes cowl, Garmin G3X Dual screen avionics, Garmin GTN 650 GPS/IFR navigator, TruTrak AP, GRT Mini-X backup efis, Dual Alternator/Dual Battery redundant electrical system, full Aerosport interior, and hybrid Mountain High Oxygen system.

                John Walker
                A/V Consulting
                john at


From: Stoney Ware
Subject: First Customer Built RV-14 to fly
Date sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

On April 15, 2016 N214SW, Serial # 140087 received its airworthiness certificate. For the next two days I was looking for a break in the weather and finally, Sunday morning, April 17th, there was a window. After my transition training with Mike Seager, I was confident enough to be able to put the plane on the ground safely. When you push in the throttle for the first time, you hope you did a thorough job of attaching all the parts correctly. Pucker up, let's go! Thankfully, the first flight went smoothly with a perfect landing (Isn't a landing you can walk away from - perfect?). First fight lasted almost an hour with some slow flight, turns and practice attitude for landing.

Thanks to my wife for her patience, understanding and support with my many hours spent in the garage and at the hangar. To Dennis Millsap for his expert assistance and friendship, Jason Smith at Aerotronics for a great panel and unending questions from me and to John Card at Ly-Con for a super IO-390 at 235 HP! I started October 2013 and 2 ½ years later several well packed crates had become a plane. Thanks to my new hangar mate, Mitch for his assistance with some of the final assembly and last but not least, to the folks at Van's for all of their help.

Some details:

  • IO-390 with dual PMags, Cylinders: Port Flow and Balanced, Stripped Paint and Alodyne Heads & Paint
  • Barrels, Exchange Camshaft for Perf Grind, Chrome Rocker Covers
  • Garmin G3X Dual Screens, Dual Remote Comm, Remote Transponder, GMA 240 Audio Panel, AP GMC
  • 305 Head, GDL 39 ADS-B, GTN 625 and Heated Pitot
  • GRT Mini backup and Standby Alternator
  • Power Stabilizer
  • Aviator Seats by Classic Aero
  • Hooker Harnesses

Finishing up the wheel pants now, with 28 hours on the new bird.



From: Martin Rousseau
Subject: First Flight !
Date sent: Friday, May 20, 2016

On May 19, 2016 , my RV-7A C-GMYL take off for the first time, for a nice 30 min of flight. 6 years and nearly 2000h of work. I have a Dynon D-180, Garmin radio, xponder and GPS 696. The prop are a Sensenitch composite ground adjustable and the engine are a Lycoming O-360, with a carburator and the EFII electronic ignition. Seat are fom Classic AeroDesign. I have painted the aircraft myself with Stewart System paint. Wheel pants will be installed soon !

The aircraft fly straight and climb like a rocket ! Thanks to Van's for this beautiful design! Thanks to VAF forum for all the help ! Thanks to my wife and daughter for supporting me and my crasy dream. Thanks to all my friend who have help me during the last 6 years and also thanks to Gaétan and Luc who pass over my house with his RV-6 and RV-8 while i'm building for the motivation !!!

                Martin Rousseau


From: David Wiley
Subject: Finished RV-8
Date sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

First flight was September 8, 2014. After one year of aluminum, the paint job was done in September 2015. Performance is everything I hoped it would be. Finally stopped flying long enough to write an email. It has a TM XIO- 360M1B. Grove landing gear. Currently flying VFR only with a Skyview and Garmin 396. Thanks to my wife and family for their patience over 10 years. Thanks to Vans for a wonderful kit. See you at Oshkosh.

                Eric Wiley
                Early, TX


From: Milbern Adams
Subject: Recent flight of N80609(same as serial number) tur
Date sent: Monday, May 16, 2016

Recent flight of N80609(same as serial number) turning final runway 34 KAWO (home base). Received airworthiness certificate March 11, 2016.

40 hours flown off May 8,2016. Lycoming 180 m1 b fuel injection, Hartzel constant speed. Dynon 10 in skyview with autopilot. Mountain high oxygen permanent install. Paint reservation at Glo Custom. Much thanks to Terry Burch, the RV EXPERT. Second photo to follow.

                Milbern Adams


From: Bill Vinson
Subject: RV-7 S/N 74171
Date sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

After a delay of 6 weeks for various reasons N321BV took flight today for the first time! Flight characteristics were flawless. The Skyview system all worked perfectly. I did note some roughness from the Electronic Ignition nhad have been in contact with Electro Air on possible resolution.

I wanted to let you know that N321BV, RV-7 S/N 74171 received its Special Airworthiness Certificate today!! The maiden flight will take place soon when schedules and weather are coordinated.

Here are the basics:

  • RV-7 Standard build
  • 3 years 1 month elapsed construction time
  • 2070 hours logged construction time
  • Superior IO-360-B1LD2 engine
  • Whirlwind 200RV prop
  • Christen inverted oil system
  • Dynon Skyview EFIS, EMS, COM & I/C, ADAHRS, XPDER, ADSB, 2 axis autopilot
  • 1086 lbs. empty weight

                Bill Vinson

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