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Bill Bencze’s New RV-7 | Half Moon Bay, CA RV-7 #74152

Congrats to Bill, who just flew his RV-7 for the first time! He wrote in to share his first-flight story: After 8.5 years of slow building, 2311 hours in the builders log, RV-7 N430WB finally broke the surly bonds today for a successful first flight from KHAF Half Moon Bay, CA. Engine ran well; CHT’s […] Read More

Rafael Navarro García’s New RV-7 | Utrera/ Spain RV-7 #74462

Congratulations to Rafael, who tell us all about the first flight of his new RV-7! In September 2015 I received the famous Vans carto box with the tail pieces. My plane has a Lycoming O-360-A1A with ignition and injection SDS EM-5 and a Dynon HDX 10″ and a paneled iPad. From then until now, … […] Read More

David Harvey’s New RV-10 | Joliet, Illinois RV-10 #40305

David writes to tell the world about the first flight of his RV-10 – congrats! First flight was on May 29th 2020. Took off from Joliet Regional Airport (KJOT). The flight was uneventful….just what I was planning on… I’m glad I decided on the flight training, so I knew what to expect and it performed […] Read More

Joe Reaves’ New RV-14A | LONGVIEW, TEXAS RV-14A #140468

Congrats to Joe, who writes to report on the first flight of his new RV-14A! After 2 years and 2 weeks of construction, my RV-14A flew on June 7, 2020. The plane flew “hands-off” from the beginning with no trim being required except for the normal pitch trim adjustments from take-off settings, cruise setting and […] Read More

Richard Hrezo’s RV-7A | Susanville, CA RV-7A #74232

Robert writes in to share the story about the first flight of his RV-7A, which happened a couple of years ago but the story is still just as cool! Better late than never, right? I had never seen an RV until Oshkosh 2013 when some Texans had barbecue with my wife and I. I was […] Read More

Andrew Tupper’s RV-7 | Anacortes, WA RV-7 #73704

Congratulations to Andrew on the first flight of his RV-7 in Anacortes, Washington! He writes: It took over 10 years, but the first flight finally came! I started building out of my home in Northern California, but had the fortunate opportunity to move to Anacortes, WA, where there is some beautiful flying. When I first […] Read More

Dennis W. Huser’s RV-9 | Warren, Michigan RV-9 #91635

Another tailwheel RV-9 has taken to the skies – and congrats to Dennis, who sent us his account of the build and first flight in 2018: First flight was May, 26, 2018 from Ray Community Airport (57D) in Michigan. First flight lasted 54 minutes performing new “engine break-in” just north of the field. The 9 […] Read More

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

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