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Steven Lynn’s New RV-7A | Anacortes, WA RV-7A #73353

“I started building ten years ago because I wanted to build an airplane. I was flying a Piper Cherokee so I wasn’t in a hurry. I choose Van’s RV because they have the largest support group with the forum and great plans and drawings. I knew I would need advice along the way. I followed […] Read More

Sam Bovington’s RV-8 | Seattle, WA RV-8 #83309

“I flew my second Van’s project yesterday out of Arlington Muni (KAWO) near Seattle yesterday. It flew great. I gave it a standard Navy non-tactical gloss paint scheme displaying an A-6 Intruder squadron I was in on the left side, and an EA-6 Prowler squadron I was in on the right side. Thanks Van’s for […] Read More

Charles Vaucelle’s RV-7 | France RV7 #74439

Congrats to Charles on the maiden voyage of his RV-7! “I’m glad to report the first flight of my Rv-7 #74439 on March 1st, 2019. Except few issues to address, the plane flew perfectly with superb handling qualities (as expected). 476kg of ZFW with 180HP Superior IO360 engine and 3 blades MT propeller give awesome […] Read More

Phil Palmisano’s RV-9A | Martinsburg, WV RV-9A #92243

“On March 17th, 2019 Vans Aircraft RV-9A SN 92243 had her first flight after a 3 1/2 year slow build. She flew great with no issues. She’s equipped with full Dynon Skyview HDX system with auto-pilot. Lycoming O-320 160 hp engine with a Catto 3-blade propeller. Beautiful Flightline interior. Thank you to Van’s for a […] Read More

Joe Statt’s RV-10 | Phoenix, Arizona RV-10 #41651

Congrats to Joe Statt from Phoenix on the first flight of his RV-10! He reports: “Many thanks to the MoJo safety team that helped me get this into the air on March 14, 2019. And special thanks go to my wife for her support and love through the process as well as for her riveting […] Read More

Rick Brown and Pete Dooley’s RV-8 | Falmouth, Cape Cod RV-8 #83635

N992RP was started with the delivery of the tail kit March 27th, 2017. Certification was completed on 1 February 2019, and the first flight was completed 2 February 2019. Flies great. Paint job to be determined. Panel features a Garmin 3GX Touch 10″ screen, Garmin 750 GPS, Garmin G5 for a back-up attitude indicator, Garmin […] Read More

Scott Anderson’s RV-8 | Las Vegas, Nevada RV-8 #83615

N405ST slow-build kit commenced on Jan 22,2017 and took it’s first flight Feb 24, 2019. I always had the dream of flying the plane completed with paint, so I worked extremely hard to make it happen. As expected, the plane performed amazing and no real issues to report. Thank you to may amazing wife, family, […] Read More

Robert Godsy’s RV-7A | Peculiar Missouri RV-7A #73076

On 2/21/2019 I took advantage of the FAAs AC 90-116 and flew the first flight with an additional pilot for Phase I flight test. The flight was awesome and the airplane flew like a dream. This was the culmination of 5+ years of hard work and dedication. I’m amazed at what a wonderful aircraft this […] Read More

Steve Formhals’ RV-3 | San Antonio, TX 78015 RV-3 #11483

First flight of N852TX was on February 15, 2019 after about three years — and two home moves — of build time. The plane was a tight fit but overall very comfortable and I was pleasantly surprised at the climb rate. I’m looking forward to many hours of extremely fun flying. After building several RVs […] Read More

Pramod Regmi’s RV-12 | Phoenix AZ RV12 #120706

Congrats to Promod on this special success! “Building and flying my own plane was big dream to me. Hard work dedication and support from friends and family made it possible. “I am able to make a history as well. Happens to be I am the first Nepali to build and fly his own plane. “Apologize […] Read More

Robby Phillips’ RV-8 | Dllingham Airport, Oahu, HI RV-8 #83533

N695RA flew just after sunrise on 2/13/2019 at Dillingham Airfield on the North shore of Oahu, HI. The plane took just over 3 years to build. She had a successful first flight with no major issues. Flying an RV-8 has been a dream of mine for many years and today it finally happened.

Justin Wylie’s RV-10 | Oklahoma City, OK RV-10 #41665

Hard to believe my first few flights are completed. I purposely didn’t make a big thing about them and only a few knew that I decided I ‘might’ go up today. With my flight plan in hand and the weather cooperating I made the decisions to give it a go. What a rush taking off […] Read More

Ed Richards’ RV-12 | X05, Brooksville, FL RV-12 #120761

On Thursday February 7th 2019 RV-12 N624ES took to the sky for the first time! With some much appreciated guidance from Mr. Vic Syracuse I was able to make the uneventful (except being the first flight) first flight. The weather was near perfect and airplane performed flawlessly! I am still getting comfortable with the G3X […] Read More

Steve Bonacker – RV-7 | Camdenton, Mo RV-7 #74478

I would like to report the first flight of RV 7 serial 74478 on December 16, 2018. N73333. IO360 A1A ( out of a Mooney). New Hartzell from Vans. Used GRT screens (Hx and Ws) Garmin GTX 327, GTR 200, Tru Trak AP and Echo ADSB. Empty weight 1115 I wanted to built an RV […] Read More

Steve Millar’s RV-12 | Canby, OR RV-12 #120998

It was time to retire but what was I going to do. 45+ years of 60-70 hours per week in my own business. My buddy said if you want to build a plane, I’ll help you. That was it for me. I started an RV-12 in November of 2016. For a guy like me, it […] Read More