Van's Aircraft Total Performance RV Kit Planes

First Flights – page1

As of September 19, 2014 8,828 RV aircraft have been completed and flown!

Listed by Model
RV-3           281
RV-4         1371
RV-6/6A    2535
RV-7/7A    1382
RV-8/8A    1259
RV-9/9A      927
RV-10         726
RV-12         346
 RV-14/14A      1 

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

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

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

 Submitting First Flight Reports


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From: John Siebold
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thu, 18 Sep 2014

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


           John Siebold
           Boise, ID
           [ oceanbrave02 at ]


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

Hi Gus,

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

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

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


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


From: Mark Forgione
Date sent: Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Subject: RV-6 #22047

RV-6 #22047 is finally flying phase 1.

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

Love the performance.


          Mark Forgione
          [ markforgione at ]


From: Grantley Grocke
Subject: First Flight RV-12
Date sent: Sun, 7 Sep 2014

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

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

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

                           Photos attached. Builder and Test Pilot.


          Grantley Grocke
          Strathalbyn SA Australia
          [ grockeg at ]


From: David Kickbush
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Fri, 5 Sep 2014

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

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

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


           David Kickbush
           Guttenberg, Iowa
           [ davidkickbush at ]


Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Fri, 5 Sep 2014


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

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

My two grandsons and I enjoy flying VANS.


          Jean-Claude #73804
          [ jccrv6 at ]


From: Tony
Subject: First Flight - RV8 ZU-IBY
Date sent: Wed, 3 Sep 2014

Hi all at Vans Aircraft,

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

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

We would like to wish Andrew many happy flying hours!


           Thank you to all at Vans Aircraft!
           Sigi Bailes
           [ anthony at ]


From: Vic Syracuse
Subject: another RV-8 flies!
Date sent: Sun, 31 Aug 2014

In January of this year I picked up a partially-completed RV-8 from a local builder, Paul Ledeaux. Paul decided to build an RV-12 instead, and that is coming along very nicely. I always wanted an 8, and didn't think anyone was going to let me fly theirs.


           Vic Syracuse
           [ vicsyracuse at ]


From: Michael Messer
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Sun, 31 Aug 2014

On August 29th at 1821 z (1421 lcl), after 2 years 8 months and 1300 hours of effort, N-251WM ("TARDIS"), proved it was a real plane and took to the skies from KPVG (Hampton Roads Executive Airport) runway 02.

It was a short flight due to high CHT and oil temps but overall very smooth, responsive control and an incredible flight. The second flight temps were much better so now to finish up Phase I.

RV-8A QB, #83243
Eagle XTREEM I0-360-B1HD2 (dual P-mags)
Garmin G3X (dual screen)/GTN-650/Dynon D6/GTX-23ES/TruTrak GX Pilot/GDL-39

Ground team:
Jim Ferrell - Master Crew Chief
Chris Francis - Mission Control/Communications
Scott Brokaw (and family) - moral support

                      Landing                                               RV Grin

            Michael Messer
            [ strikemesser at ]


From: Dan Forney
Subject: RV-12 First Flight
Date sent: Mon, 25 Aug 2014

I have attached a few pictures from the first flight on 8/14/14.


           [ dforney at ]


From: Sean Scialfa
Subject: 80751 First Flight
Date sent: Fri, 22 Aug 2014

Vans, Serial # 80751 (N615RV) first flight 8/21/14!

           Sean Scialfa
           [sjsflyer at ]


Subject: First Flight of RV-10 40463
From: Rick Shelton
Date sent: Fri, 22 Aug 2014

Just a quick update, RV-10 N112SM Serial # 40463, flew for the first time on 7 Aug 2014. It was a perfect flight with no major issues noted.

The aircraft is equipped with the following:
Engine- AEIO-540-EXP
Prop- Hartzell 3 bladed "Top Prop"
Avionics- combination of Garmin and Dynon Skyview
Accessories- Sky Dynamics cold air sump and exhaust, G3I, electronic ignition, VP-X Pro, Show planes cowl,
and it goes on and on!

We would like to thank all of the guys at Vampire Air Group for their moral and technical support, as well as all the advice on how things can be done in the best way! And finally, a huge thanks to our wives for the patience and understanding to allow the dream to come true!


           Rick Shelton / Neil Mullaney
           MS Aviation LLC
           [ rickshelton3 at ]


Date sent: Wed, 20 Aug 2014
Subject: First flight
From: Greg McNab

Hello, just a note to let you know another of your RV-8's has taken to the skies. First flight today August 20. Forty five minute flight time and fly's very nicely hands off. Builder number 82199.

            Greg McNab
            [ silverrjx at ]


Date sent: Tue, 19 Aug 2014
Subject: RV9-A
From: Alexandre Carra

I am a Brazilian and I had my first flight in my RV9-A.
Engine: 320-D1A
Propeller: Hartzell constant speed.


           Alexandre Carra
           [ alexandrecarra at ]


Subject: 91233 RV-9A N492RV
From: Jim Fogarty
Date sent: Mon, 18 Aug 2014

My RV-9A is now flying, please add my plane to your total numbers, thanks for your support and help over the years!


          Jim Fogarty
          Vans N492RV
          [ jfogarty at ]


Date sent: Fri, 15 Aug 2014
Subject: RV-6 C-FSPB First Flight
From: Robert Erdos


Add one to the list of completed RV's! We are pleased to report first flight of our RV-6, C-FSPB, nicknamed "SparkPlug", at Smiths Falls airport on 09 August 2014.

The airplane was started by Mr. Daren Findlay of Mission, BC. In 2010 I trucked the project 2200 miles across Canada, in what was a testament to his excellent workmanship. The next four years were spent populating the airframe with powerplant and systems. I am indebted to Dale Lamport for his expertise and patient assistance in getting our airplane finished.

It is equipped with a Mattituck TMX-IO-320 engine, Hartzell constant speed prop, LightSpeed electronic ignition and magneto, and Airflow Performance fuel injection system. The panel hosts dual 7" Skyview displays, with an IFR Garmin stack (GNS400W, GNC255, GTR200, GMA240) for an overall avionics capability that would exceed a circa-1990's bizjet. Before paint, the airplane weights 1093 lb.

Among the many thank-you's that are owing, the first goes to my wife, Debbie. Attached is a picture of her (she'll kill me!) working under the instrument panel. She was a partner in the project every step of the way, from insulating and dry walling our workshop while I brought home the project, to fixing wiring under the panel on the day before our first flight...on her birthday! Who could wish for a better copilot. Dreams do come true.


          Thanks Vans!
          Rob Erdos
          RV-6 C-FSPB
          Ottawa, Canada
         [ rv6rob at]


From: Russ Coburn
Subject: First Flight RV-6 Slider - N846RJ
Date sent: Fri, 15 Aug 2014

RV-6 Kit #22874 got its maiden flight on August 12th 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at KOGD.

I was fortunate enough as the 3rd owner of this kit to put in the time and money required to get it flying. This was a slow build RV-6 slider kit I personally acquired in May of 2012 and spent about 1300 hours of work starting on the fuselage from the ground up. It was a joy to build and now fly. I’m looking forward to completing my Phase I testing and getting this to the paint shop.

The First flight had one small squawk with my electric trim tab motor setting backwards (up trim was down, down was up) that took a minute or so to realize this and adjust for it and then no other issues at all in the 30 min flight. I have to thank supportive family, Vans, Mike Seager, Vans Airforce, my EAA Chapter 58 and everyone else that helped with encouragement along the way.

N846RJ is an RV-6 Slider with a Superior fuel injected 0-360, fixed pitch Catto 3-blade prop, GRT Sport EFIS with AFS 2500 engine monitor and SL30 nav/comm and Vertical Power VP-50 unit for electrical management.

             First engine start                                        First Flight

           Thank you,
           Russ Coburn
          [Russ.coburn at]


Date sent: Sun, 10 Aug 2014
Subject: N567CH, 72079 first flight
From: Chris Halfman

It takes a village to build a plane......

I am proud to announce RV-7A, N567CH took flight August 10, 2014 at approximately 15:57 central time from KMLE, Millard Airport in Omaha, Nebraska with Jerry Ronk at the controls. ECi Titan OX-360, 185 HP, ground adjustable Whirlwind prop and the full Dynon Skyview suite, weighing in at 1,062 lbs. The first flight was fairly uneventful, but was shortened as the front cylinder temps were climbing higher than was desired. That was quickly remedied and a much longer run was taken later in the day.

If you’ve never built a plane or aren’t in the aircraft industry at some level, it takes a lot of people you’d never met before you wanted to build a plane to help you out in one way or another. That could be gleaning knowledge from hearing conversations, seeing other people’s projects or finished planes or asking them to physically help you with something. I want to thank all the people in the last 3,566 days that helped make that happen. (I received tail kit 72079 on November 4, 2004. There was a good 3.5+ year break in there somewhere…..)

Starting with Ron Merten for looking at me weird back at the bar in Stacyville, Iowa, Memorial weekend, 2004, when I said I wanted to build a Long-EZ. That quickly brought Mike Mullenbach over and he convinced me to go for a ride in his -4 the very next day. To be honest, the RV just wasn’t cool enough looking and wasn’t really that excited to go up in his ‘normal’ plane. I wanted a little canarded spaceship! We went for a ride and all I could think was we were hauling the mail! It was FAST! And then I got the grin! Mike then explained why he thought a RV was a much better idea than building from scratch and more importantly building fiberglass from scratch, especially for a first plane. Mike was right.

Doyle Reed gave me my first ride in a -7A. Curtis McDonough helped get me get started on the tail, answered all the newbie questions and kept me from freaking out if I messed something up in the beginning. He helped guide me in the ways of the world involving perfect, unacceptable, and ‘it’ll be fine’criteria. And the Air Capitol RVators in Wichita, KS for the monthly tours to people’s planes, projects and conversations.

After changing jobs and moving to Omaha, Jim Beyer got me in a plane to get me motivated again. (That was the end of the 3.5 year hiatus.) The EAA 80 chapter has had multiple people I’ve used for knowledge and help, including Jerry Ronk, Mike Howard, Bob Cartwright, Kevin Farris, and Dan James. And non-airplane builders like Scott Anderson, Brian Stolley, and my Idora Street and Sheffield Street neighbors that helped carry wings or 'hold this' for a second and didn't think I was too weird for building a plane in my garage! I’m certain there are others I’m forgetting in both Wichita and Omaha. Thanks to you all! It’s the end of one chapter and the beginning of another!

I'm not flying off any of the phase 1. Too long since I've been PIC and just not worth trying to force it by putting myself in the seat. There’s going to be a lot of dual instruction, but I hope to be PIC of Jane-the-plane in October sometime. And, no, I’m not sure how much I’ve $spent$. Might not want to.


           Chris Halfman
           [ chris.halfman at ]


From: Paul Winters
Subject: First flight G XRVB
Date sent: Tue, 29 Jul 2014


Just letting you know I flew my RV-8 on it’s first flight yesterday July 27th 2014.

A picture is attached which is me on short final on the maiden flight at my strip which is Bidford, England.


          Paul Winters
          [ paul at ]


From: Thomas W. May, Sr.
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Tue, 29 Jul 2014

My RV-4 N236SF, Serial Number 3031 finally flew today. Due to several deployments with the Army and two very active children in school, it took me 22 years, 6 months, and 9 days from the first entry in my construction log until the first flight today (7/29/2014).

It was a pleasure to fly, fast and had no problems. The aircraft has a 0-320 (160 HP) with a Sensenich propeller. The radio and panel is equipment with a D-180, GX60 GPS, Garman SL 30 radio plus auto pilot and other goodies.


           MSG Thomas W. May, Sr. (USA Ret.)
           Gold Hill, NC
           [ tmaysr at ]


From: Gaylon and Dana Koenning
Subject: N815DG, RV-10, 40468 First Flight
Date sent: Tue, 29 Jul 2014

Hello Vans,

Our RV-10, N815DG, took to the air on July 3, 2014. The RV-10 flew very well with minimal issue for rigging but did exhibit a high #2CHT (corrected the issue quickly). Slow build time included 7 years 2200 hours with a career change, our wedding, and the birth of our two children.

N815DG is equipped with:
Barrett built IO-540-X, (a very strong smooth engine)

EFII Dual Ignition system

Airflow FM300, with purge
Hartzell 3-blade ASC-II Composite Propeller purchased from Vans... extremely smooth.

Avionics include: (All from Stein)
3 screen G3X legacy system with Autopilot mode control and two ADHRS
GTS-800 Traffic System
Mountain High O2 system
Vertical Power Pro
Dynon D6
Advanced Flight AOA Pro

Interior is all Aerosport: (Thanks Zac and Geoff)
Carbon Fiber panel with initial panel CAD layout
center console,
overhead console,
custom leather seats,
leather stick covers
sidewall interior with custom leather inserts
Final Panel designed by myself using Front Panel Express.

Flightline AC system to help keep the interior cool.

Fantastic Airplane! Now to just get it painted...

A special thanks to my wife who completed two "9 month" projects, Casey and Brooklyn. She kept me motivated to finish the build through the 100F days in the hangar in conjunction with a very hectic day/night "paying" job with a major airline.. A special thanks to my folks who also pitched in several times to make our dream come true. And thanks to Vans for designing a great aircraft my family will enjoy!


           Gaylon and Dana Koenning
           [ rv10 at ]


From: Luciano F. Bombassaro
Date sent: Sat, 26 Jul 2014

Ready to fly.

Thanks Van's and Flyer Brasil.


           Luciano F. Bombassaro
           [ lucianofacci at ]


From: Chris and Jan Harper
Subject: Vans Customer No 82063
Date sent: Mon, 28 Jul 2014


Our RV-8 is now flying! It is equipped with a Lycoming Y-IO-360-M1B supplied by you.

           Many thanks,
           Chris Harper
           [ harps at ]


Subject: First flight !
From: Dan Green
Date sent: Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Today, after 2 1/2 years , 4-6 hours/day, 6 days a week, I flew RV-7 N680DM for the first time!

Powered by a Lycoming I0360, swinging a Prince maple carbon-fiber prop. Had some avionics issues, but flew like a dream. So glad I chose the tip-up canopy -the visibility totally unrestricted, & so appreciated with the beautiful 14,000 ft mountains in my valley.

Special thanks to friends Jack Decker & Bill Mazurek for countless hours of assistance. Thanks to Mark Cigal for technical support, & Alex De Dominicis for excellent flight training.


           Dan Green
           [ dangreen1951 at ]


From: Michel Laverdière
Subject: C-GUVR fist flight
Date sent: Mon, 21 Jul 2014

On June 3rd, 2014, C-GUVR, a RV-9 s/n 92069 took off for the first time from Lachute, Quebec, Canada. This after 18 months of labour or pure fun. GUVR is equipped with a 0 SMOH Lycoming 0-320-E3D and a 2 blades Catto propeller, EFIS D-100, EMS-10 and HS34. Avionics are a SL-30, GTX-327 and a Garmin GPSMAP 296. Also heathed pitot, AOA and alternate static source. Other than a change of carburator and some minor programming hitches on the EMS-10, all is well. 8 hours in my phase-one to date.


           Michel Laverdiere
           Deux-Montagnes, Quebec, Canada
           [ mmcela at ]


From: Ueli
Subject: HB-YRV First Flight
Date sent: Sat, 19 Jul 2014

Looks like a Tiger, roars like a Tiger and flies like an RV-6AJ
On 17th of July, on a hot, Savanna like afternoon with blue sky and calm wind, the Tiger took off for the first time.
This moment was worth every hour building during past 14 months and some weeks of thinking about a unique design.
Despite all the electronics, the Tiger was designed to keep everything as simple as possible and to fly without electrical power.
For cold Switzerland winters, Tiger insisted on seat heatingJ

Tiger is equipped with:
IO-360, dual Pmag, AFM fuel injection
WhirlWind GA200 prop
EXP2 bus load center (modified to my needs)
MGL Odyssey EFIS with remote Garrecht XPNDR, 2 axis AP and remote FLARM (collision avoidance)
TRIG Radio
Classic Aero Interior
Schemedesigners outfit
Empty weight: 1056 lbs


          [ ueli-aregger at ]


Date sent: Wed, 16 Jul 2014
Subject: First Flight RV-9A #91894
From: Bruce Hill

I started this slow build back in August of 2009 and was able to get it completed and in the air on April 18, 2014.

The aircraft is powered by a Lycoming O-320 E2D modified with higher compression pistons to get 160 HP, Dual P-Mag ignition and Airflow Performance Fuel Injection. I'm using the ground adjustable Sensenich Composite propeller. The panel is a full Dynon Skyview with single 10" display, EMS, COM, Intercom, GPS and ADS-B, with power handled by Vertical Power VP-X Sport.

I've kept an online photo journal of the build process and have documented my project at I'm still working my way through Phase 1 and hope to start using it to go places and travel soon.

I could not have done this project without the support and help of my family, friends and online forums.
The RV-9A is a delight to fly for this low time pilot just getting back in the air after over 20+ years hiatus while raising my 3 kids.

Thanks Van!


          Bruce Hill
          RV-9A N5771H
          [ bruce.hill at ]


From: Jan Hanekom
Subject: ZU-JVR
Date sent: Tue, 15 Jul 2014

Just to let you know that there is another new RV-10 flying!

It took me about a year and a half and 1300 hrs. It is mostly standard with two Dynon Skyview panels, Oxygen, Central locking, My own plenum and my own intersection fairings. It is also sporting Aero Sport panels. This is the 5th build I am involved in!

Again thank you for a wonderful kit to build.

Multiple RV builder and RV fanatic
RV-7, ZU-JRV in storage
RV-10, ZU-JVR flying
RV-7, ZU-LOL flying
RV-10, ZU-RVI flying
RV-7A, ZU-MER flying
RV-7A, ZU-JAD flying


           Best regards,
           Jan Hanekom
           The Coves, South Africa
           [ webmaster at ]


From: Andrew Long
Subject: RV-10 VH-OBY First Flight Achieved
Date sent: Tue, 15 Jul 2014


RV-10 VH-OBY has now achieved first flight.

The inaugural day was Wednesday 2/7/14 and occurred at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. Test pilot and builder was Andrew Long (i.e. Me J ). I have had a lot of help throughout the 3 ½ years I have been constructing. My wife and daughter (Jacquie and Jamie), my father, Geoff Long, Paul McVitty, Andrew McIntosh, Dan Pearson, Peter Clark, and the whole of the VAF forum. Thanks to everyone for their help and thanks to Vans for such an amazing kit.

The aircraft has the following configuration:

Date Commenced: Jan 11
Date Completed: Jul 14
Duration 3 ½ years

Vans RV-10 Quick Build kit.
Thunderbolt YIO-540 with Airflow performance purge valve
Approach FastStack Pro-X Hub
Vertical Power VP-X Pro
Dual AFS 5500 EFIS
AFS Autopilot
Garmin GTN650
PS Engineering PAR100EX
Dual Alternators
Dual Batteries
Secondary Electrical system
TSO’d Winter Altimeter
TSO’d RC Allen RCA2600 Series Digital Horizon

Interior hand crafted with leather seats.

Build Log:

Youtube video first flight

                After CofA obtained               After First Flight……..the smile      

           Andrew Long
           [ Andrew.Long at ]


Date sent: Mon, 14 Jul 2014
Subject: First Flight
From: Joe Kollar

N729K, Vans RV9, serial number 91504 after six years made its first flight on October 17, 2013 from the Ashland County Airport (3G4).

Jan Bussell provided the transition training and the first flight was uneventful other than a slightly heavy right wing.

N729K is equipped with a Superior io-320 with cold air induction, one Slick Mag and a lightspeed. Catto supplied the Three blade prop. The cowl and plenum are Sam James. The avionics include A Dynon D100/120 and Garmin SL40, GTX 327 transonder and 396 GPS. Abbey (Flight line Interiors) provided the seats and carpet and I applied the paint using PPG products.

When I needed an extra pair of hands I relied on Bill Renninger, to help with all the riveting. I intend to paint a name on the nose to honor my wife who passed away in December 2012. She was my biggest supporter and gave me the inspiration to finish this fantastic airplane.

The attached photo's were taken about 10 days after the first flight over the colorful Ohio landscape.


           Joe Kollar
           [ jckollar at ]


Subject: RV-10 N125AM. First Flight July 2, 2014
From: Alan Muhs
Date sent: Wed, 9 Jul 2014

Thank you Vans Aircraft for making it possible for me to build this wonderful airplane. Thank you to all of my RV friends for their advice, help, and loaner tools.

On July 2, 2014 N125AM took off from the Tucson International airport (KTUS) for the first time. The airplane flew just about perfect aside for some High CHT's because I chose to climb way to steeply.

With an RV8 as a chase plane I circled south of the airport getting a feel for the plane. My wingman confirmed that nothing was falling off, no smoke was coming out of the engine and we didn't have any gas or oil streaming out of the fuselage. My nervous wife was very glad to hear that things were going well over the radio.

Thanks to Alex at RV Training for getting me prepared for the flight.

What a great day. I am pretty sure I had that RV grin as I opened the cockpit door after the first flight.


           Alan Muhs
           Customer #41358
          [ awmuhs at ]


Date sent: Sun, 29 Jun 2014
Subject: First Flight Report, RV-8 #82376, HB-YKG
From: Simon Wiedmer

On Saturday 7th of June, the biggest milestone in a 9 years father-son project took place: our RV-8 lifted off the ground for the very first time. The plane didn't fly as expected, it did better! No heavy wing, impressive flight performance and a very direct and well balance stick control over the entire speed range. What a great airplane! The builders' and pilot's RV grins after the first flights say more than words.

Big thanks go to our family for all the support, to Vans for the fantastic plane design, and to the continuously growing Vans community here in Switzerland for all the helpful tips. A special thanks also to Mike Seager, whose transition training was worth every mile of traveling over to Oregon, allowing me to do the first flight safely.

A few details about the equipment:
- TMX IO-360, Fixed pitch Prince propeller, empty weight 1062 lbs
- Mostly classic instruments, solid state gyro instruments (MGL)
- Collision avoidance device from PowerFLARM (FLARM and ADSB technology)
- Transponder and radio from TRIG

                               Photos by René Biber and Simon Schwab


           Simon and Peter
           [simon.wiedmer at]


Date sent: Sat, 28 Jun 2014
Subject: First flight of my RV-9A F-PHRV
From: Philippe Cordier

I have done my first flight last 02nd of may in Vannes airport France (LFRV).
My RV-9A F-PHRV N°91821 is flying as expected. Cruising speed : 140 kt at 2350 RPM.

Engine :
Lycoming YO320
Panel :
Dynon D100 and D120
GPS Garmin Aera 500
VHF Garmin SL40
Tpx Trig TT31
PA Trutrack Digiflight II
Interior :
Classic Aero Design

Thank you to my friends of Vannes who helped me and also to my wife for riveting and support during those five years and a half (3000 hours) of building time.

Thank you to Van’s Aircraft who have made a such great airplane.


           My website :

           Friendly, Philippe.
           [ philippe.cordier9 at ]


From: Nathan Peterson
Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Fri, 27 Jun 2014


RV-8 kit number 82374 is now registered as N888NP. It flew without any noteworthy abnormalities on June 6, 2014.

Empty weight is 1095 CG 78.22 with ECi Titan IO-360 with Vetterman 4 pipe exhaust, Whirlwind 200RV prop and an Odyssey PC-680 battery on the firewall. I painted it myself.

Other stuff: Infinity stick grip, Advanced Flight Systems 4500, Garmin 430W, Garmin 696, Garmin GMA 240, GTX 327, AFS (Trutrak) autopilot, Todds canopy, Bell tail fork, RV Rocket steering link.

Thanks Dad- For getting me interested in flying and taking me to Oshkosh as a kid.
Thanks Paul Poberezny- For founding the EAA and making Oshkosh the "discovery place" it is.
Thanks Richard VanGrunsven- For Van's Aircraft, and bringing your airplanes to OSH.
Thanks America's Aircraft Engines-For letting me bother them while they assembled my engine.
Thanks SteinAir- For not making me worry about a will. Awesome support too.
Thanks Doug Reeves and most of the people who post there- For VAF and info.
Thanks everyone who took the time to talk to me wherever I found an RV parked- For info.
Thanks Alex De Dominicis- For fantastic transition training (and not yelling at me).
Thanks to all the vendors for the great service and great products.


          I guess that pretty much sums it up.
          Nathan Peterson -82374-
         [ jondoe52 at ]


Subject: First flight of N102KT
From: David Halmos
Date sent: Tue, 24 Jun 2014

My RV-10, N102KT, has finally broken the surly bonds after 4.5 years under construction!
As promised, the airplane is a dream to fly and I've enjoyed every flight since.

There are far too many people to thank for making my dream come true but I sincerely thank my family, friends, and all the vendors that made it possible. It was truly a team effort!


           David Halmos
           Builder #41059
           [ dhmoose at ]


Date sent: Thu, 19 Jun 2014
Subject: First flight
From: Stan Bahrns

N618B Ser# 120464 Went airborne yesterday June 18th 2014 & except for a little heavy left wing flew perfectly & just as Vans says. I really like my RV-7A & I think I will like the RV-12 as well.


           Stan Bahrns
           RV-12 2.6 hrs
           RV-7A 358 hrs
           [ stanb at ]


Date sent: Thu, 19 Jun 2014
From: Kenneth Krebaum
Subject: First Flight S/N 82140

Sorry for the late input:

RV-8 S/N 82140 first flight March 2010
Dynon D180 and D100
TruTrak 385 autopilot
Bronze Lindy Oshkosh 2011
Sport Air Racing League 2013 Experimental Bronze


           Kenneth Krebaum
           [ krebaum at ]


From: Mike Howard
Subject: RV-12 #120755
Date sent: Thu, 19 Jun 2014

RV-12 #120755 had its 1st flight on June 10, 2014. It’s a little heavy at 753 pounds but its got all the bells and whistles that Van’s offers.

It flew straight with no flaperon or rudder trim needed. Dumb luck!
I got to get used to slowing down after flying an RV-6 for 17 years.


           Mike Howard
           [ acepilot59 at ]


From: Mark Donahue
Subject: RV-9A first flight
Date sent: Wed, 18 Jun 2014

Hi Vans,

You can add another 9-A to the list. My plane fly last Saturday (6/14/14) with low clouds but I couldn’t wait any longer. The plane flew well and no squawks to speak of. I have flown it twice since so the first flight is a brief memory and a good one, but some of the specifics are based on the subsequent flights. The plane is well balanced and gentle in its approach to stall. It is forgiving and lets me know when I am doing something wrong. The first few landings were great, more a credit  to the plane than the pilot, but we’ll take it.

My thanks to Wally Anderson where I started this project almost 8 years ago. Wally and crew introduced me to the different tools and techniques required for this type of construction. It was a great start to allow me to go on with a lot of confidence. After building the wings with my building partner/son Nolan, which went well, I could see that I needed a boost to make sure I got the project done before I couldn’t renew my medical anymore, so a quick build fuselage was next.  Nolan was my QA man…whenever I thought something was good enough, Nolan would check my work and if it didn’t meet his standards…and that was often, I would begrudgingly redo it. The end result was a better plane….thanks Nolan.  We have Van’s 0-320 from Lycoming, with Sensenich FP prop. We have an old school/new school panel, built by me, with Vans round gages for engine monitoring, air speed, altimeter and whiskey compass. And then new school with (now discontinued) Tru Track EFIS with 2 axis auto pilot, and Engine monitoring system. (My thinking was if the EFIS went blank, we could still fly the plane.) VFR set up for day and night. Paint was Sherwin Williams Acry Glo applied by me, seats and interior by Abby @ Flightlines. MT weight with the above was 1081 lbs.

What a great project, and it took more than twice as long to do than my first project, a Kitfox, which I still have and enjoy flying.

I am still learning how to fly this plane, but I can tell it is a nice and forgiving plane, and one that I know my wife will like to fly in with me…after phase 1. My thanks to my wife Jenny for her support and encouragement thought out the long project.

Thanks for designing a great plane, I hope to see other RV folks soon.


           Mark Donahue
           RV-9A N 459MJ
          [ ]


From: Robert Ashey
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Wed, 18 Jun 2014

At long last, that first flight. After retiring from the airlines my wife and I decided to build the 10. It only took 6 years and a lot of help from the techies at Van’s, Stein at Steinair, Geoff at Aerosport, Abby at Flightline Interiors and vendors all over the world. Thanks for helping Ineke and I. We literally knew nothing of rivets, fiberglass nor electronics (what’s an ethernet hub ?).


           Stay safe,
           Bob and Ineke Ashey
           Builder #40802
          [ romper at ]


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