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As of February 27, 2015 8,961 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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Subject: Another First Flight
From: Richard Frost
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.



Subject: First Flight N369RV
From: Dean L. Eiland
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 flying machine.

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


Subject: First flight of RV-12 120633
From: Jose DEL PESO
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 Vanīs staff and to the people of Vanīs Air Force that have taught me a lot of things

            120633 last name is N92RV
            Jose del Peso


Subject: RV9A N721WD first flight
From: William DeLacey
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 pants on.

The panel is a single Skyview SV-D1000 system with AP.


            Thanks to Dan Benua, Robin Reid and Mike Seager for all the assistance.
            William DeLacey


From: Jeremy Schuld
Date sent: Sun, 1 Feb 2015
Subject: 73827 first flight

First flight report. Flew today. Add another to the Hobbs!


            Jeremy Schuld
            [ jeremy.schuld at]


Subject: N671CW First Flight
From: Warren Starkebaum
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.


            Warren Starkebaum
            Plymouth, MN


Subject: First flight RV-8
From: Ashish Kapoor
Date sent: Thu, 15 January 2015

Hi Cynthia (and folks at VANs),

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

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

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


            Ashish Kapoor


Subject: RV 7 first flight
From: Tim Newsome
Date sent: Mon, 19 January 2015

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

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

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

            Tim Newsome


Subject: RV-8A - N550EE - Flying
Date sent: Fri, 16 January 2015

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

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


            Thanks for a wonderful airplane!!!
            Pete & Dee


Subject: RV-8 - 83115 - Flying
From: Robert Findlay
Date sent: Mon, 12 Jan 2015

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

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

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


            Robert Findlay
            robertfindlay at


From: Bill Dicus
Subject: First flight RV-8 N9669D
Date sent: Sat, 10 Jan 2015

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

           Bill Dicus


From: Andre Smit
Subject: My new RV9
Date sent: Thu, 8 Jan 2015

Hi All

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

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

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

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


           Thanks Again
           Andre Smit
           South Africa


From: Joe Tierney
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Wed, 7 Jan 2015

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


           Joe Tierney


From: Donald Kennedy
Subject: RV-12 First Flight
Date sent: Thu, 01 Jan 2015

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

           (Photo Craig Mailloux)

           Don Kennedy

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