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Denny Vander Weerdt’s New RV-12 | Grinnell, IA RV-12 #120885

Congrats to Denny on the first flight of his RV-12! ”A bucket list project that finally moved to the top. A copy of the ‘Dyke Delta’ is on the bookshelf from college days to give you a clue. The build experience was a hoot, precision kit, great Van’s support and a great finished project. Transition […] Read More

Tom McLoed’s RV-7 | Columbus, IN RV-7 #74170

Here’s the great news from Tom! ”I’m happy to report that after a 6.5yr build, N432TM took to the air for the first time. First flight was successful and I’m looking forward to flying the 40hr test period and learning how to fly my new plane! Van’s, Thanks for a great Aircraft!“

John Keen’s RV-7 | Gold Coast, Australia RV-7 #71831

John’s report on the first flight of his new bird! ”Hi, my RV-7 VH-BBU had her maiden flight yesterday (Aug 17) in the hands of the legendary Nigel Arnot. He reports that she flies beautifully and all temps and pressures where they should be. Many people have contributed to this result, and the skills I’ve […] Read More

Edmund “Alex” Russell’s RV-7 | Lincoln, CA RV-7 #72822

Congrats to Alex – and family – on the first flight of his new RV-7! “8 years, 4 months, and 12 days ago a young married couple launched their dream of building an airplane. Today our RV-7 took flight for the first time. Soaring to 4000ft over the fields of Lincoln, CA N759AQ flew beautifully. […] Read More

Thomas Lauterbach’s New RV-14A! | Cypress, TX RV14A #140083

Congrats to Thomas on his first flight! Here is his report: After 5.5 years of building from slow kits, my RV-14A took flight. I have to thank John B. for doing the honors, I know when I am out-skilled and left it to his very capable hands. The plane flew beautifully and the Thunderbolt Lycoming […] Read More

Mark Dupont’s New RV-14A | Aiken, SC RV-14A #140236

Congrats to Mark on his new RV-14a, and for being chosen to display it at Oshkosh this year in the Lycoming booth! His report: After 3 years of construction, N435MD took flight for the first time. The plane is even more fun to fly than it was to build, and I really enjoyed the building […] Read More

Greg Vosper’s RV-7A First FLight | Toronto, CANADA RV-7A #73657

Greg reports on the recent first flight of his new RV-7A! Van’s Aircraft Kit #73657 took to the skies on December 18, 2018, exactly eight years to the day from the first rivet squeezed, thus realizing my life long dream of building and flying my own aircraft. Better late than never! RV alumni and test […] Read More

Kurt Haller’s New RV-9A | Pleasanton, CA RV-9A #91329

RV-9A N748PK’s airborne debut was a complete success, except for a glitch in not-as-redundant-as-I-thought avionics. Perfect CAVU day, 59F OAT, altimeter 29.98, wind 290 at 5 kts. Additional pilot Barry Weber (right seat) and I (left) rolled up to the movement area 30 seconds before Livermore Tower (KLVK) opened at 0700 local time. Chase pilot […] Read More

Kingdom Builders’ RV-12 First Flight! | Lancaster,PA RV-12 #120822

RV-12, known as Builder# 120822, Registration# N119RG earned it’s wings of flight on July 13, 2019 as an E-LSA. After some initial adjustments to the flaperons to neutralize a heavy right wing, N119RG flies very stable with great characteristics. Dual G3X touch screens provide excellent situational awareness and guidance. The paint scheme has been chosen […] Read More

James A. Walkers New RV-10! | Birmingham, AL RV-10 #40007

Congratulations to repeat RV-builder James on the first flight of his RV-10! We purchased the kit from the builder in 2008 in Colorado who had built the tail section and loaded it in a truck and drove it to Alabama. We began working on it right away, working on it as time and funds permitted. […] Read More