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As of today, 10,455 RV aircraft have been completed and flown!

You’ll sometimes see the numbers of flying RVs on this list rise without a corresponding number of first flight reports from builders. Why is that?

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 story and pictures of your new “baby,” or we may never know of your success. Click the “Submit Report” link on the right to do it!

First Flight Reports:

Rich Dupee’s RV-10 | Falmouth MA, RV-10 #41769

Rich Dupee dropped a note to tell us: Quickbuild project started in Feb 2017. Lycoming Thunderbolt IO540 with Airflow performance fuel servo and ElectroAir ignition. Garmin G3X touch PFD and MFD, G5 and GTN750 Flies well with no trim needs. Congrats, Rich!

Larry New’s RV-7A | New Braunfels, TX RV-7A #73494

News from Larry on the “happened a while ago” first flight on his RV-7A! This is my very late first flight report. My first flight was on Thursday, May 15th, 2015. I’m averaging well over 200 hours per year and having a blast. My son and I took a big trip last summer and landed […] Read More

Joao Cardadeiro | Brazil RV-4 #4571

Congrats to Joao on the flight of this RV-4! “After 5 years of building PR-ZQS finally flew yesterday, April 19. It flies perfectly and overall it is a great plane and fun to fly. Thanks Van’s for all.”

Samuel Rousseau’s RV-7A | Pittsburgh, PA RV-7A #7-1386

Samuel wrote in to let us all know about the first flight of his RV-7A! And, not everyone who builds an RV is already a pilot – Each build and person is unique! “Construction started in 2003. After five moves, N607R received airworthiness cert in October, 2015. First flight performed by “Popeye” Bill Flaherty on […] Read More

M Turner Billingsley’s RV-14A | Ponte Vedra, FL RV-14A #140338

News just in from Turner, who’s RV-14A was inspected and approved by Vic Syracuse of Base Leg Aviation, and then flew for the first time on Tuesday April 16th! “Today Vic Syracuse came down and conducted the airworthiness inspection, we completed the paperwork, and he flew the first flight with me.  It was a bit […] Read More

Dennis Fox’s RV-8A | Three Hills, Albersta, Canada RV-8A #80531

Dennis writes in: First flight of CGRVU was May 15, 2017 after 7 years of construction. All went well with no snags and performance of the airframe and engine combination was gratifying and very grin-worthy. Engine is IO-360 A1A from a Mooney and overhauled by Dave From Aviation in Red Deer. Prop is Whirlwind 200RV […] Read More

Jeffrey Pringle’s RV-7A | Orlando, Florida RV-7A #72587

Jeff sends news of the first flight of his new RV-7A! ”First flight totally complete, coming home from the paint shop at Evoke Aviation Paint in Garden Alabama. I this partially completed RV-7A that was started by Phillip Maples before his passing. I was super lucky to be able to acquire a project started by […] Read More

Charles Gregg’s RV-7A | Sanford, Florida RV7A #73760

“After a little over 8 years, RV-7A N307CG, a father and sons build, had its first flight on January 11, 2019. I’m truly amazed with the performance and flight characteristics of this aircraft. “Equipped with a Aerosport Power IO-375-B1B, and a Whirlwind 200RV prop. IFR panel by Advanced Flight Systems and a 430W.”

Patrick Sheehan’s RV-9A | Auckland, New Zealand RV-9A #92055

Congrats to Patrick Sheehan in New Zealand, who writes in about the first flight of his new airplane: Van’s RV-9A #92055 first flight Friday 5 April 2019 – The challenge for me was to personally learn and undertake all the disciplines needed to complete this 7 1/2 year build. 8 if you include the paperwork! Lycoming […] Read More

Mike Whitescarver’s new RV-8A | Maumee, Ohio RV-8A #81254

Mike sends this report of the first flight of his RV, which took place in October: After 18 years of slow but enjoyable construction of my RV-8A, N926MW finally took to the air on October 13, 2018 with fellow RV-8A builder and pilot Tim Fitzpatrick doing the initial test flight. The next day I flew […] Read More

Dale Snodgrass’ RV-8 | Ridgeland, SC RV-8 #82206

Dale Snodgrass sent us this report of his first flight in his new RV-8! After 10 years and a couple owners RV-8 82206 took to the skies for the first time 30 March 2019 in Ridgeland, SC. Special thanks to Dennis Argetsinger for helping make this flight possible!! Dale “Snort” Snodgrass

Arlie Conner/Justin Heaton’s RV-4 | Lufkin, TX RV-4 #4538

Congrats to Arlie and Justin on the first flight of their custom R-4, which took only 2.5 years to finish — Pretty quick for an RV-4! They report: First flight was 3-26-19. Build partner Justin Heaton had the honors of taking her up for the maiden flight. The airplane flew great and will only need […] Read More

Rich Moynihan’s RV-7A | Boulder City, Nevada RV-7A #72097

Congrats Rich Moynihan on the first flight of his RV-7A! He reports: I flew my first flight in N 787NV on 3/27/2019. The plane flew great. This was due to help from my RV friends in Boulder City and Henderson (EAA chapter 1300). Our tech counselor and friend Seb Trost flew the first flight with […] Read More

Amer Karim’s RV-10 | Nairobi, Kenya RV-10 #41833

Amer Karim of Nairobi write us to announce his RV-10 has made it’s first flight. He’s just finished this one and will be starting a second QB RV-10 soon! I test flew my RV-10 two weeks ago, and it flew beautifully and was very fast. The aviation authority here in Kenya said they have never […] Read More

Jon Reddick’s RV-8 | Lewes, DE RV-8 #82497

Congratulations to Jon on the first flight of his RV-8! ANd if you’ve ever wondered, “Can I build an RV in a single car garage,” they answer is yes, and you really need to check this out: He’s sent in this report and a video showing his build and first flight: After restoring, flying and […] Read More

Dan Garrelts’ RV-9 – with a tailwheel! | St. Charles MO RV-9 #90621

Let’s be honest: You just don’t see tail-dragger RV-9’s all that often! Dan sends in his maiden flight report: “First flight was 3/16/19, or 16 Years and 5 Months from the date I sign the Van’s License agreement. Engine ran fine staying within all the ranges and the airplane flew very predictable. After taxiing back […] Read More

Karl Kruger’s RV-7A | Helena, Montana RV-7A #73660

Karl caught up with us to provide a report and let you all know about his first flight, which occurred in October 2018. “First flight on October 13, 2018 close to nine years after receiving my first kit. Powered by a 150 hp O-320 and a wood prop by Props Inc, N915JB flew incredibly well. […] Read More

John Fristrom’s RV-7A | KHEG / Jacksonville, FL RV-7A #74085

“After 6 years, 11 months RV-7A N199WT took flight. The 1st flight far exceeded my expectations. The handling and performance of this kit airplane is amazing! I wish to thank all of those who assisted along the way. My build is a slider with Lycoming O-360 and a constant speed Hartzell Prop. Inside, I have […] Read More