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Steve Johnson’s RV-12iS | Dunedin, New Zealand RV-12iS #121143

Steve wrote in to let us know about the completion and first flight of his RV-12iS: NZ-TXW (RV-12iS) became an airplane today with a successful first flight over Dunedin, New Zealand. Everything remained in the green and the performance was impressive. No issues other than a mildly heavy right wing that goes away with deployment […] Read More

Michael Gregory’s RV-10 | Clayton, Delaware RV-10 #40889

Congratulations to Michael on the first flight of his RV-10! First flight went perfectly! It was a short pattern flight but the aircraft flew straight, smooth, and fast. I couldn’t be happier. You folks at Van’s have built an amazing aircraft but the community that has been formed around it is amazing.

Mike Carter’s RV-7 | Berkshire, England RV-7 #74405

Mike has completed and flown his new RV-7 for the first time: Six years after setting the first rivet G-CLAO took to the skies on cold damp February morning. She flew faultlessly with just a couple of minor tweaks to the G3X setting required on landing. Following a successful flight test program AO received her full […] Read More

Greg Young’s RV-6 | Spring, Texas RV-6 #24633

Congratulations to Greg on the new RV-6! He writes: Dubbed the Phoenix Project, this was a replacement for my first RV-6. I started this build from a partially completed kit picked up in June of 2002. I’ve split my time with flying and upgrading a Navion but have continued to chip away at the RV. […] Read More

Glenn Vokac’s RV-8 | Oswego, Illinois RV-8 #83182

Congrats to Glenn on the first flight of his RV-8! He wrote in to report: My RV-8, serial number #83182 had a successful first flight on May 14, 2021with only a few minor squawks. This is the second RV-8 I have built and flown. The engine is an IO-360-M1B with a Hartzell blended airfoil prop, […] Read More

Paul and Mary Beth Elsen’s RV-14A | Winnebago, Illinois RV-14A #140524

Congratulations to Paul and Mary Beth on their new RV-14A: We decided to start this retirement “adventure” at Oshkosh 2018. Did the Van’s build workshop together at Oshkosh. Ordered our RV-14A kit in August 2018. Decided to utilize the help of SynergyAir in Eugene Oregon. Started building our empennage in December 2018. Spent 24+ 40 […] Read More

Mark Rogers’ RV-14A | Foley, Alabama RV-14A #140731

Mark wrote in to let us know about the recent completion and first flight of his RV-14A: Nice airplane, significant climb rate, very nicely harmonized controls. Reminds me of my days in the T-37. Covid and a very engaged Spouse resulted in a relatively quick build. Replaces a LongEZ that we built 35 years ago.

James Hamilton’s RV-8 | Leesburg, Virgina RV-8 #83724

Congrats to James on the new RV-8, he writes: N420RV took to the skies over northern Virginia on Sunday, May 9, 2021 after 3 years of building. The plane flew wonderfully. Actually, the best plane I’ve ever flown (although I may be a bit biased). Totally worth all of the effort and frustration of the […] Read More

Doug Volkmer’s RV-7 | Lincoln, NE RV-7 #71616

Congrats to Doug on the first flight of his new RV-7! He wrote in to report: My RV-7 took to the skies on April 18th, 2021 at the experienced hands of Doug Roth. I built this plane with a ‘keep it simple’ approach. My instrument panel is rather sparse. I have an analog airspeed indicator […] Read More

Scott Stewart’s RV-14 | Arlington, WA RV-14 #140325

Congratulations to Scott on the first flight of his RV-14! He writes: It finally happened! After two years of building, and another six months of painting, my RV-14 finally flew this week! Four years ago, my wife was wandering around the Van’s display at Oshkosh and snuck over to the -14 demo plane. When she […] Read More

Jesse and Ken Norling’s RV-12 | Auburn, WA RV-12 #120577

Congrats to Jesse and Ken on their new RV-12. Here’s their story: Nearly 10 years ago, I bought the RV-12 empennage kit after looking at several different airplane options. This started the best father-son project you could imagine. I started the build, and as I got further along it became a weekly tradition for my […] Read More

Gary Thorne’s New RV-12 | Rotorua, New Zealand RV-12 #120172

Congratulations to Gary on his RV-12! He wrote to tell the tale: It was ready to fly in March 2020. Inspections were scheduled for late March. Then the country went into a 6 week lockdown courtesy of Covid 19! Finally got inspections done in May and flew on 6 June, a date I’ll remember as […] Read More

Martin Rousseau’s RV-9A | La Sarre, Quebec, Canada RV-9A #91124

Congratulations to Martin on another RV, this one being an awesome RV-9A! He writes: It’s my second RV. I have an RV-7A since 5 years. The test flight of the RV-9A was done without any problem. A left heavy wing will be easily fixed but besides that, all goes perfectly! IO-320-EXP engine, Whelen light, Dynon […] Read More