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As of today, 10,772 RV aircraft have been completed and flown!

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 the web. Sometimes 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 venues. On other occasions, we learn of a new batch of flying RVs from “RV factories” overseas, but without the individual details.

We’d like to see more RV grins here, so please send in 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:

Juliano Selvatici’s RV-9A | Melbourne, FL RV-9A #90015

I got this RV-9A project from the original builder where life came into the way and he could not finish his dream. Well, as part of this community, we make dreams come true. I was able to continue and finish the project. After I land, sent couple pictures to the previous builder. It’s just amazing […] Read More

Brian Greene’s RV-7 | Grand Haven, Michigan RV-7 #73988

Congratulations to Brian, who writes to tell us about the first flight of his RV-7: After nine years of building, I was just a little anxious as I taxied out on a beautiful calm clear morning. Once I added power for takeoff though, I was laser focused on the task at hand. Thanks to a […] Read More

Mickey Coggins’ New RV-8 | Switzerland RV-8 #82007

Congrats to Mickey in Switzerland, who writes to inform us: I’m delighted to announce that my RV-8 is now flying! So many people to thank – Emmett, Sosthene, Heinz, Karl, Georg, Dan, Marcel, Anne, Claudio, Michel, Eric, Jon, Thierry, Chris, Emad, Vincent, Olivier, Catherine, all the amazing people at Doug Reeves’ VAF, and probably a […] Read More

Craig Garella | Dallas, GA RV-10 #42006

Congratulations to Craig on the first flight of his RV-10! He writes to say: “Outstanding experience from opening the first crate to rotating on the maiden flight. I really haven’t stopped grinning throughout. First flight was incredible. She flew straight and climbed like a champ. Looking forward to years of fantastic flying.”

John Browne’s RV-7 | Perth Western Australia RV-7 #73965

Congrats to John, who writes to tell us about the first flight of his RV-7 in Australia: “Successful first flight 15 May 2020, Phase 1 testing completed 14 July 2020 with no defects encountered. Aircraft very pleasant to fly with no trim issues. Phase 2 certificate of airworthiness now issued for unrestricted flight.”

Tom Dubrouillet | Rock HIll, SC RV-8 #83563

Congratulations to Tom, who sends us a belated first-flight report on his RV-8! RV-8 N563RV had its first flight on 1/9/19 after 2 years and 9 months of building and painting. I used standard wing and tail kits with a QB fuselage kit. She’s equipped with Lycoming IO360 and Hartzell CS Prop, and a Garmin […] Read More

Alan Lancello’s RV-14! | Keller, Texas RV-14 #140352

Congratulation Alan! Nice looking airplane, and we especially love the tail! 😉 He writes to tell us about his RV-14’s first flight, which happened a little while back: 2 yr 6mo build, just an amazing Aircraft! Right out of the gate with no significant issues. Just finished the 1st condition inspection and again no issues […] Read More

Peter Lukasczyk’s New RV-8 | Germany RV-8 #82972

Congratulations to Paul on his new RV-8! He writes: It finally happened!! After almost 11 years, a wedding, a child and 3 relocations my project became a real aircraft. I had the urge to do this since my visit to Oshkosh in 1998. Building your own aircraft puts you through all states of emotions which […] Read More

Gary Obee’s New RV-9A | Lambertville, Michigan RV-9A #92098

Congratulations to Gary, who writes to share his new RV-9A story: Started building N316PG in my basement, 2012. My two brothers Dave and Charlie helped buck rivets, apply fuel tank sealant and whatever else I needed help with. My good friend Mike Whitescarver (an RV-8A builder) was a great source of help and encouragement during […] Read More

Kevern Brown’s New RV-8 | Pretoria, South Africa RV-8 #83275

Congrats to Kevern in South Africa, who just completed and flew his new RV-8! After completion of my 2nd RV, 2 RV-7’s, I decided to build the RV-8 standard kit that I had stored under my bench. Flight was supposed to happen in November 2019 however paperwork delays and the onset of Covid put paid […] Read More

Jim McChesney’s RV-7A – with video! | TUCSON, AZ RV-7A #71572

Congratulation to Jim on his new RV-7A first flight! Well it finally happened. First flight of my RV project. Superior Air Parts XP O-360 Sensenich Fixed Pitch Metal prop GRT EFIS, EIS and Autopilot Very Basic VFR panel with ICOM ICA210 and King KT-76A James Aircraft Cowl, Plenum and Induction system Took delivery of the […] Read More

Ronald Niehoff’s RV-9A | Oldenzaal, The Netherlands RV-9A #92233

Congrats to Ron, who writes to tell us: On Friday 3 July 2020 the RV-9A PH-NIR had her first flight on Twente Airport in The Netherlands. Together with family and friends I had the most impressive and emotional flight ever. The first flight, together with instructor Rob Groothuis went without any issue. I started building […] Read More

Mike Kingery’s New RV-7 | Clayton, GA RV-7 #70508

Congrats to Mike on his new RV-7. He writes into tell us all: After 20 years (with long periods taken up by care for aging parents), N14VF “broke the surly bonds” today. Can’t describe my elation at having ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT!!! It has been a long and frustrating ride, but today it all […] Read More