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Ron Slosberg’s New RV-14A | Roswell, GA RV-14A #140562

Congratulations to Ron on the first flight of his new RV-14A! After 20+ months of building, RV-14A, N3318S took flight for the first time today. I can’t put into words how gratifying it was to leave the earth in a machine that I built. Special thanks to Jared Solomon for making the first flight with […] Read More

Robert Hecker’s New RV-10 | Spokane, WA RV-10 #41685

Kudos to Robert, who wrote to report on the first flight of his RV-10! I could not have imagined all the new skills and friends this project would create. Choosing to use slow build kits, doing my own avionics and painting myself was a great choice. Thank you Van’s for designing such a wonderful airplane.

Rob Burgess’ New RV-14 | Shreveport, LA RV-14 #140110

Congratulations to Roger on the first flight of his new RV-14. He wrote in to report: Six and a half years and it’s finally airborne. This was a slow build kit and my first build. Initial flight was smooth with no issues. I am looking forward to the test flights. Thanks to all my friends, […] Read More

Yves Heller’s New RV-8 | Basel, Switzerland RV-8 #83458

Congrats to Yves, who writes us from Switzerland to report the first flight of his RV-8: On Tuesday 8th of September, I could finally take off. I was quite nervous but everything worked out perfectly! I am super happy and can’t thank enough my fiancé to let me work so many hours on my airplane. […] Read More

Arthur Karpinski’s New RV-8 | Syracuse NY RV-8 #81791

Kudos to Arthur on the first flight of his RV-8. He reports: Flawless first flight. Did 5 hours of training in make and model outside Chicago and a 4 hour first flight briefing with an EAA flight counselor prior to flight. Once on the ground, I was informed to call the KSYR tower. Where the […] Read More

David Ross’ New RV-7 | Wakeman, Ohio RV-7 #73310

Congratulations to David on the first flight of his new RV-7! He writes: Ran out of reasons not to fly, so the first flight was off of our strip, 26OH on Saturday, 9/12/20. Flew twice the first day, no problems so far and no heavy wing. She is equipped with an Aerosport IO375 B1B and […] Read More

Mark Baty’s New RV-9A | Georgetown, Kentucky RV-9A #92199

Congrats to Mark, who writes in to report: Thanks to the patience and support of my wife, the help of many friends and EAA members from the three different Chapters I’ve been associated with during a 4½ year build (6 years start to finish with a year and half hold due to moving to a […] Read More

Kay Stecklum’s New RV-7 | Lindau - Germany RV-7 #73571

Congratulations to Kay, who sent this RV-7 first-flight report! Started 11 years ago, but with a 7 year break in between. That makes 4 years, which isn’t to bad. She has an io-375 spinning an Hartzell CS. Dynon Skyview with a lot of steam gauges. 1095 lbs, CG is perfect. First 20 minutes flight was […] Read More

Walter Tondu’s New RV-8A | Mansfield TX RV-8A #81138

Congrats to Walter, who writes in to report: After a six year build the RV-8A was ready with a fresh pink slip from Mel Asberry. The pilot was made ready after several hours with Mike Seager in the factory RV-9A. The takeoff roll seemed very short as the IO-390 and 74 HRT prop decidedly pulled […] 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

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