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As of today, 10,780 RV aircraft have been completed and flown!

We learn of flying RVs in several different ways, and we can only add your RV to our counter if you let us know it’s flown! Ideally, a builder will use the form linked from this page to send us the story and a photo/video or two or three of his or her personal “RV grin.” Sometimes they call us on the phone, which is great but doesn’t actually provide us with anything to publish on the web. Other times we find out incidentally; for example when a customer calls to order new tires and we wonder why someone who is still building (as far as we know) would need them. Or, we may discover a first flight announcement on an RV web forum or other online venue. On yet other occasions, we learn of a new batch of flying RVs from “RV factories” overseas, but without the individual owner details.

We’d like to see more RV grins here, so please submit your first-flight story and pictures of your new “baby,” or we (and the rest of the world) may never know of your success! Click the “Submit Report” link on the right to do it!

First Flight Reports:

Douglas Walters’ RV-6 | Paso Robles, California RV-6 #21807

Douglas wrote to tell us that he completed his RV-6 marathon! RV-6 slow build of 29 years has to be a record. Performance exceeds expectations. Equipped for IFR with autopilot, extreme paint, carpet, plush seats with heaters it weighs 1119 pounds. Many thanks to a lot of people who taught me the skills necessary to […] Read More

Dave Setser’s RV-7 | Nashua, NH RV-7 #71748

Congrats to Dave on the first flight of his magnificent RV-7! He writes: After 16+ years of blood, sweat, tears and a little salty aviator language now and again, RV-7 #71748 officially went from “project” to “airplane” on 18 October 2020 at the Nashua, NH airport (KASH). Handling was pure RV – light and precise […] Read More

Tom Randel’s New RV-7 | Hortonville, Wisconsin RV-7 #73599

Congrats to Tom on his new RV-7, which he recently flew for the first time! He writes: Started my build with the tail. After nearly completing it I found a already started kit that I purchased, brought back to Wisconsin from Texas and finished, with the AW Cert on August 15, 2020. Finished paneling and […] Read More

Tim Coons’ RV-9A | Dayton Ohio RV-9A #92122

Tim writes to let us know about the first flight of his new RV-9A! I was exposed to RV’s at Oshkosh ‘85 and got hooked, but it took until 2012 before the time and money were right. The build took 8 years of steady progress. Great kit with fun challenges and a lot of learning. […] Read More

Mike Sherman’s New RV-10 | Cincinnati. OH RV-10 #41740

Congrats to Mike, who writes in: Had beautiful weather at KLUK for the first flight. Even though I had completed transition training with Mike Seager I was still surprised by how quickly the aircraft lifted off. Flew like a dream for several laps around the airport and I had a spectacular landing. After 44 years […] Read More

Poul Erik Bech’s New RV-12iS | Denmark RV-12iS #121106

Congratulations to Poul Erik Bech, on the completion and first flight of his RV-12iS! He sent in this report: On the 11 of October 2020 my RV-12iS had its first flight. No problems so far. I started to build two years ago and it has been a pleasure to build the RV-12iS. It is the […] Read More

Stefan Schroeter’s New RV-14A | Aspach / Germany RV-14A #140566

Congrats to Stefan, who recently built his third RV, and his second RV-14A! He writes: I can‘t exactly explain what went on in me… that made me build a third RV. It was probably a number of different reasons, for example people like Daryl Sahnow (top sales man from Van‘s, now retired and still a […] Read More

Bruce Stoddart’s New RV-7A | Brighton, Michigan RV-7A #73627

Join us in congratulating Bruce on the completion and first flight of his RV-7A! First flight with after all the years of building occurred October 4, 2020 from Howell, Michigan (KOZW). 2.1 hours on the first flight. No big problems, what a fun aircraft to fly. And what a thrilling day! Could never have done […] Read More

David Welsh’s RV-7 | Beaumont, Texas RV-7 #70738

Congrats to David, who stuck with it and finished his RV-7! A big thanks to Bruce Bohannon, who gave me my RV transition training and also did the first flight of my plane. HIs flying experience and skills are well beyond the low-time hours that I have under my belt, so I was relieved to […] Read More

Ray Williams’ RV-7A | Mittagong, NSW, Australia RV-7A #73427

Congrats to Ray, who writes in to tell us about the first flight of his new RV-7A, RayJen, which he completed despite some very difficult and painful circumstances. We’re truly proud that you are part of the Van’s family, Ray! After 12 years, my RV-7A took to the air with ease. It was personally challenging […] Read More