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From: Pat Morency
Subject: C-GDTF First Flight
Date sent: Sun, 19 Jan 2014

To All,

The initial flight began on Friday, Jan. 17 2014 at High River Airport, Alberta, after many delays for weather and such. Climb out was to the west towards the Canadian Rockies as a backdrop to the special event. Climbing to 6500` ASL with no hesitation on the part of the Lycoming 160 HP Fuel Injected engine. Gentle maneuvers were initiated and all positive outputs were noted. After 30 minutes it was time to try landing the aircraft that so easily took to the air! Joined the circuit at 4400` and initiated the controlled descent for landing. This thing just about landed itself with a perfect 3 point landing. My instructors, (both of them) would be proud, I know I was. I`m still grinning!

I would like to thank all those who took part in the project over 12.5 years. Whether it was building, teaching, moving, sharing, painting, standing buy with a radio or holding a flashlight. Thank you for the many words of encouragement to keep on going and especially to my Wife and family for that!

Below is a link to photos of the First Flight of C-GDTF RV-6


           Pat Morency
           Builder /25934
           [ pmorency at ]


From: Altair Daru
Subject: My RV-9A
Date sent: Wed, 15 Jan 2014

This e-mail is to report the great pleasure and happiness that I have flying this RV.

I received my aircraft in March 2013 and since then I have not stopped enjoying this wonderful machine.


           Owner Altair Daru
           Builder LBO
           [ altair at ]


From: Bart.W. Bartelsman
Subject: First Flight RV-3 ser#11302
Date sent: Fri, 10 Jan 2014

I don’t know whether this aircraft ever officially made it into the books as a flying, breathing, Vans RV-3.
The original airworthiness date was in 2000. The project languished and went through several owners.

In 2011, the forty hours were flown off. It never had the aerobatic limitations removed. It went through two more owners. I purchased the aircraft with 80 hours total time in November 2013. Its current empty weight is 884 pounds.

N833RV sports an IO-320-D1A power plant, traditional six-pack avionics with Vision Microsystems EPI-800 digital engine monitor and computer. Navigation is by Garmin GNC300XL, King KX125 nav/com and remote CDI. A Catto 70inch by 75 pitch pulls her very nicely.

I am a happy camper with a Van’s grin.


          Bart.W. Bartelsman
          [ bartelsman at ]


From: Tony & Sigi
Subject: First Flight RV-7 serial 73946
Date sent: Thu, 9 Jan 2014

Hi All at Vans Aircraft,

A short note to let you know that RV-7 serial number 73946 was assembled by the Aircraft Assembly & Upholstery Centre team in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and enjoyed a maiden faultless flight on 10 November 2013.

A simple instrument panel with dual Skyviews, Dynon transponder, autopilot and Garmin radios. An IO-360-M1B (180hp) up front with a constant speed Hartzell prop.

Congratulations to the proud owners, Rob Birch and Rufus Dreyer! Sure there are going to be many happy flying hours indeed.


           Tony & Sigi Bailes
           [ ]


Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Wed, 8 Jan 2014
From: Peter Harkness

It took approx 8 ½ years slow build an approx 2,200 hours build VH-PHR flew for the 1st time on 5-1-2014.

It has a Lycoming IO-360 with Hartzell constant speed 74”prop. Instrument panel consists of Dynan 10” Skyview, Garmin SL40 Radio, Garmin GTX328 Transponder, Trio Pro Pilot coupled to Avmap EKP IV, with steam gauge airspeed indicator.

A big thank you to my friend and RV nut Wally Ogilvie for helping and test flying and of course to Vans Aircraft and staff for making a dream become possible.


          Peter Harkness
          Builder Number: 72439
          [ peter at ]


Date sent: Tue, 7 Jan 2014
From: David Clifford
Subject: First Flight RV-10: N959RV serial # 40637

Greetings Van's Aircraft,

On 12/29/2013 I made the maiden flight of my RV-10, N959RV serial # 40637 form Livingston County Airport, MI (KOZW). The flight lasted 22 minutes and the plane flew hands off when trimmed out as I loitered above the field. Only a couple squawks so far. I received my first sub-kit in January 2007, built the rudder, then set the kit aside for 2 years to help complete the Cozy MKIV I was building and sold close to completion. The friend I had sold the Cozy to and helped finish in turn helped me build the RV-10.

My RV-10 was built on a budget and I did everything myself except for the full interior package from Flightline Interiors. The engine is a late model low time Lycoming IO-540 V4A5 that was a prop strike salvaged engine from Wentworth Aircraft. I dis-assembled, inspected, and re-assembled the engine in accordance to Lycoming's SB for prop strike inspections, just replacing the required necessary parts.

The propeller is the standard 2 blade Hartzell from Van's. The avionics were purchased from Steinair: A Garmin G3X three display EFIS with two 370 and one 375 display's, GTN 650, GTR 225, GMA 240, GTX 23es, GDL 39, GX Pilot, and a Dynon D-6 stand-alone back-up EFIS. I was able to wire the avionics myself with the guidance of a schematic I had Steinair draw for me. I used standard automotive single stage paint which turned out pretty good. Empty weight is 1703 pounds with full interior, paint, and fairings.

I could not have done this without the support of the RV forums community, my good friend and building buddy Dr. Thane Ostroth, My wife Robin who supported me in fulfilling my aviation dream, and the many vendors who offered technical support, in particular the Steinair crew and Steve from Garmin who is the G3Xpert and always just a mouse click away.

Thanks everyone and special Thank You to Van's Aircraft for offering such wonderful kits!


           David R. Clifford
           Howell, MI 48843
           [ davidsoutpost at ]


Subject: RV-9A
From: Charles Mifsud
Date sent: Mon, 6 Jan 2014

I have just clocked 250 hours on the Hobbs and the grin is still there what a great plane.
Engine 160 hp Lycoming with constant speed prop as vans recommend .
Instrument panel twin D1000 Skyview Dynon comm and audio A 210 comm Garmin transponder aveo switches.


          Charles Mifsud
          [ jxnrv9a at ]


From: Dominique Chivu
Subject: First flight
Date sent: Sun, 5 Jan 2014

I now have 2 hours ( 4 flights, 30 to 35 minutes each ) on my RV-7 number 72961.

I have a o-320 lyco rating 160hp, a basic carburetor, a long and speed pitch propeller Sensenich. Running at 173 knots @ 2700 revolution/minute.

I would like to thanks my wife Huguette for letting me playing so many times with my toy RV-7. 8 years of building. First flight the 15th of decembre 2013.

About the plate : it´s currently F-WOSS. When I complete 15 hours and 50 landings she will no longer be a proto type. She will then named F-POSS.

Here are 2 photos, one with the traditional RV-grin. Thanks to the RV support team for a really good job.


           Dominique Chivu
           [ 9542 at ]


Date sent: Fri, 3 Jan 2014
Subject: First Flight Report
From: Bruce Russell, Jr.

Happy to report that RV-12 N97CU (120587) flew for the first time on December 31, 2013 from Heaven's Landing (GE99). Second first flight in two years of building N502WB (120581) first flew in July of 2012.

Bruce Russell
Clayton, GA
[ bruce at ]


From: Jason
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Fri, 3 Jan 2014

Hi Vans

Yesterday January 02, 2014 we graced the sky in our brand new RV-7 S/N 71340 Reg ZU-LOL.

Professionally built by Jan Hanekom. He is a master of RV building. His efforts hugely appreciated.

RV’s are simply the best.


           Thanks for a great product
           Jason Beam
           South Africa
           [ Jason at ]


Subject: First Flight
From: Doug McMullin
Date sent: Thu, 2 Jan 2014

After 23 years of slow building construction, N262DM, RV-6. (#20201) flew for the first time
on March 23,2012 at Ottawa,KS (OWI) with Loal Wood flying chase in his RV-7.

The aircraft has a Lyc. 0-360-A1A, Hartzell prop, dual Dynons, Garmin GNS-430W, 327 Trans., 340 audio, and Tru-Trak auto.

First flight was great ( flew like an RV should ), and it continues to produce the RV grin every time we fly !


           Douglas McMullin
           Wellsville, KS.
           [ mcmullink68 at ]


From: Delbert Thurman
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Mon, 30 Dec 2013

On December 27, 2013 I made the first flight with my RV-12.
All went well. Now just waiting on the weather to cooperate so I can get back up to finish my 10 solo hours.

Delbert Thurman
[ delbe1952 at ]


Subject: First flight of my RV-8A
From: Al Dilger
Date sent: Sun, 29 Dec 2013

After eight years and countless hours of working and building, my "faster build" ( no such thing as quick build") took to the air on April 20, 2013 @ L45 Bakersfield CA. with my son Peter flying chase in his RV-4.
I flew a Cessna 162 for an hour prior to my first flight as it had been awhile since I had flown single engine. The RV turned out to be much easier to fly and much more stable.

It has Lycoming IO 360 180hp MT 3 Blade, Aerotronics built the panel w/ Garmen G3X dual screen, Flightline Interiors did seats/side panels.

My best friend John Lauer who built a Harmon Rocket inspired me to buy my RV-8A, I was so impressed with what he had done I knew I had to build my own. My best friend and tech adviser passed away one year later which caused me to stop, but as a tribute to him I started again after a two year hiatus and completed it. It is what he would have wanted me to do.

I want to thank all the guys@ L45 for borrowed tools, hardware and company during the build specifically John Harmon for endless advice and Bobby Baker for helping me with the build especially for those things that I had no idea how to do, like fiberglass.

Kudos also to the Vans builder help guys for countless questions along with several of the vendors of parts, all were very accommodating in answering questions. The Vans parts folks also get a big atta boy for putting up with orders made, returned and remade all while remaining friendly and efficient.

I love the way she flies, stable, solid and quick, first flight was uneventful with only a left wing low condition which was corrected by adding an aileron fixed trim tab. I also installed a fixed rudder trim as well. I must say that my wife Rita deserves the most credit for putting up with my being gone all day almost every day for the last year and half, and at night have my head stuck in manuals, or on line ordering parts & coming home with torn jeans, grease, paint, glue, gas, epoxy, fiberglass, spending all the money and not wanting to go anywhere. She suggested I name it my "Aluminum Mistress" I remember when I bought the fuselage home and put in the garage, she came out took one look and said "I ain't getting in that". She has never cared much for flying, so the added benefit came after her first flight on July 28th when she proclaimed " I love it".

About 75 hours on her now and we are looking forward to flying to many new destinations next year.


          Thanks you Van's for a great airplane!
          Al Dilger
          [ avdilger at ]


Subject: First flight RV-3B
From: Wayne Baker
Date sent: Sat, 28 Dec 2013

On 12-28-13 I made the first flight of NX773WB.

It flies straight and handles like an RV. It has a O-360-A1A and a wood prop from Props Inc. Empty weight is 803 lbs. Recieved tail kit on 10-11-12 and airworthy certificate 11-5-13. This is my sixth first flight of an RV and probably not the last.


          Wayne Baker
          Hallsville, TX
          [ rwb877 at ]


From: Dana Saucier
Subject: First Flight RV-10 N779DS
Date sent: Sun, 22 Dec 2013

I am proud to share that on 12/18/13, I conducted my first flight of my Vans RV-10 over the winter skies of Central Ohio. The first flight lasted about 40 minutes and the plane flew perfectly. She is equipped with a Lycoming IO-540, Slick Mags, Airflow Performance Purge Valve, Hartzell Prop, Dual Dynon Skyviews, Tru-trak autopilot, Garmin CNX80/MX20, ICOM backup com, Garmin GMA 340 audio panel, motor by Barrett Precision Aircraft Engines, Aerosport Products carbon fiber panel/overhead, interior panels, and carpeting, TSFlightlines fuel and brake lines, Oregon Aero seating, Avionics and harnesses from Stein Air, McFarlane controls, TCW Technologies Safety Trim and several Control Valve Servo kits, and PPG paint, and a few steam gauges.

I received excellent transition training from David Maib. I want to thank my good friends for lending their expertise and cheer leading me through to the end, Joe Stausbaugh of Custom Aeroworks, Geoff Combs of Aerosport Products, Allen Barrett of BPA, Tom Swearegen of TSFlightlines, Todd Stanton painter, Mike Kundrat, Candy Eichenberger of Avinsure Agency, and fellow builder Bob Leffler plus so many others. Most of all, I want to thank my wife and two daughters for supporting me all the way.


           Dana Saucier
           [ dana.saucier at ]


From: David Wilkinson
Subject: ZK-WLK First Flight
Date sent: Fri, 13 Dec 2013

Serial number 83304 First Flight 13 December 2013 – RV-8

Flown from North Shore Airfield in Auckland New Zealand.

What a fantastic aircraft….. 2 hours on first day over 3 flights with no issues.

Aircraft has aerosport IO-375 with Hartzel composite prop. Dynon Skyview system, inverted oil, smoke system etc….

See for lots of photos.


         Thanks to all the staff at Vans for their help and support….
         David Wilkinson
         [ david at ]


From: Alan Jensen
Date: December 12, 2013
Subject: RV-8 First Flight

Hi Vans,

Add another successful first flight to your Hobbs.  N246AJ took to the air on October 1, 2013. The flight was uneventful (translated - fantastic) and the airplane flew straight and level with no major squawks. The numbers show better than published so Vans does a good job representing their airplanes. She has a Lycoming M1B with dual Lightspeed ignitions, dual batteries, and an MT-12 prop. I put in a Dynon D100 and D120 with a Garmin 496 GPS/327 transponder, an iCom radio, a PS audio panel, a Tru Trak IIVS autopilot and a few steam Gage's for old times sake. The empty weight is 1,134 lbs. Many thanks for all the help from Vans and my fellow builders at F70. My wife sewed a beautiful interior. I could not have completed this project without the help and tolerant support of my wife Ann and our wonderful family.


           Alan Jensen
           Murrietta, CA
           [ dralanjensen at ]


From: Dave Edtl
Subject: First Flight for Dave Edtl
Date sent: Mon, 9 Dec 2013

The first flight for my RV 7 occurred Sat. Nov. 23, 2013 on a near perfect day. The first photo shows Larry Beck making the first flight and the second photo is after my first flight and as you can see the landing gear is still in reasonably good condition. The aircraft has a Lycoming IO 360 M1B engine with a constant speed prop. Avionics include an Advanced Flight Systems 5600 efis, AFS Pilot AP, GNC 255 nav/com, Garmin 327 transponder, Gemini ADI backup efis, Garmin poor man's 496 GPS, and backup altimeter and airspeed gages. The interior is from Oregon Classic Aero and includes 5 point Hooker Harnesses. At
23 squared the plane fl 180 mph TAS at 3000 Ft. and is very stable.

This is a dream come true after 2 1/2 years of work. Special thanks to Larry Beck who helped immensely with firewall forward work as well as final inspection and first flight, my friend Colonel Ken Daggett who volunteered whenever I needed an extra pair of eyes and hands, John VanBladeren with electrical, and finally, thanks to Norm Durrell who sold me his project and set the bar with his meticulous work on the wings.


          Dave Edtl
         [ djedtl at ]


Thanks for the e-mails.

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