Van's Aircraft Total Performance RV Kit Planes

First Flights – page 3

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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 ]


Thanks for the e-mails.

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