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Renzo Rissetto’s RV-10 | Chile RV-10 #41613

Congratulations to Renzo from Chile on the first flight of his new Rv-10! My RV-10, CC-AUS, started in March 2015 and flew for the first time on May 13, 2020 from Rodelillo Airport, SCRD, at. Valparaiso, Chile. The aircraft is a fairly standard RV-10 with few modifications to Van’s building instructions. The engine is a […] Read More

Lonny Lohrman’s RV-6 has flown! | Wichita, KS RV-6 #25408

Congrats to Lonny on the completion and first flight of his new RV-6 that’s been more than 20 years in the making! After 20 years, 7 months and 26 days of slow but steady construction in the basement, living room, kitchen, garage and hangar, N248TT finally took to the air on 03.21.2019 at 5:57 PM […] Read More

Robert Skinner’s RV-10 | Magnolia, Texas RV-10 #40279

Congratulations to Robert Skinner on the first flight of his new RV-10! RV-10 # 40279 made its first flight May 7 from KCXO, Conroe, Texas. The flight went very well with the exception on the #1 cylinder running hotter than preferred. I was accompanied by Richard Jankowski acting as Additional Pilot. I highly recommend the […] Read More

Ken Hitt’s RV-7A | Mount Vernon, WA RV-7A #74744

Congratulations to Ken on the first flight of his RV-7A! First flight went off without any issues, plane flies straight and level, fully expected a possible heavy wing but that didn’t happen. Flight was only 20 minutes, weather was not my best friend, but at least the first flight nerves are gone and I am […] Read More

Douglas Rohrer’s RV-9A | Bowling Green, KY RV-9A #91593

Congrats to Douglas, who sends us his build and first flight story! I bought an abandoned project. The tail feathers were built and the wings were started. I finished building the wings and ordered a QB fuselage. Later came the rest of the kits. I built an O-320 engine from yellow-tagged and new components. I […] Read More

Jarek Teresiński’s New RV-8! | LESZNO / POLAND RV-8 #83601

Jarek writes in to tell us about his new RV-8! Hi, let me introduce myself- I am Jarek Teresiński from Poland. Core and wings of the plane I ordered on November 2016. On May 2017 my first package arrived with kit to build. On July I had stared building plane under the watchful eye of […] Read More

Tim Harris’ New RV-8! | Jesup, GA RV-8 #83081

Congrats to Tim on his new airplane! He writes: Vic Syracuse was my DAR and test pilot. He inspected the plane and flew it Feb 2020. I only had 6 hours of transition training in an RV-6 as my TOTAL tailwheel time, which wasn’t enough. I went to New Smyrna Beach and flew with Capt […] Read More

Bruce Mason’s RV-7A | Kaysville, Utah RV-7A #74211

Congrats to Bruce, who made the first flight in his RV-7A late last year! First flight was November 9, 2019 at KOGD airport. First flight lasted 53 minutes performing “engine break-in” orbit over the runway at high power. The airplane flies straight & true without any need for tabs. I could not have done it […] Read More

Rob Lasater’s RV-14 | Lincoln, CA RV-14 #140320

Congrats to Rob, who writes to tell us about the first flight of his RV-14! After 3.5 years and 1876 hours, N414S took to the skies. After a rapid acceleration she jumped of the ground and climbed to 1,000 by the end of the runway. She flew straight and true and cruises “hands off and […] Read More

Travis Noble’s New RV-7 | Beloit, Wisconsin RV-7 #74585

Travis wrote in to tell us all about his RV-7 first flight, which happened recently in December. Congrats, Travis! Hi Van’s, Just wanted to let you know that RV-7 #74585 received it’s Airworthiness from an FAA inspector the first week of December and made it’s first flight on December 19th 2019 after 3 years and […] Read More

Brian D. Beatty’s New RV-7 | Denver, CO RV-7 #72714

A huge congrats to Brian, who writes in and sends photos of his RV Grin, and tells us about the first flight of his brand-new RV-7 that took place today! “The plane flew just like every amazing story you’ve ever heard about an RV. It launched off the runway at close to gross weight and […] Read More

Chris Simpson’s RV-4 | Reno, Nevada RV-4 #3616

It’s actually been 19 years since Chris first flew his RV-4, but we are super glad for the belated report! “What a fun journey. This project took 2 years and 3 months to complete. Over the years this plane has been a great source of enjoyment for me. She is VFR with an IO-360 and […] Read More