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Tim Huneycutt’s Beautiful New RV-10 | Lincolnton, NC RV-10 #145

Congrats to Tim on his new RV-10, which first flew in November but just came out of the paint shop – and wow is it amazing looking! Tim writes: Our RV-10, affectionately named “Tess” slipped the surly bonds of earth for the first time on November 15th, 2019. The build took almost seven years with […] Read More

Randy Bornhorst’s RV-14A | Rochester, MN RV-14A #140532

Congratulations to Randy, who started building his RV-14A in August, 2018 and which first flew on Sunday, June 28th! He writes: Great experience with the first flight. Second build experience, RV-8 was first. The Van’s office staff are great to work with. Looking forward to traveling in the plane soon.

Paul Sueck’s RV-7 | Germany RV-7 #73974

Paul Sueck from Germany writes to tell us belatedly that his RV-7 flew for the first time in April 2013. Since then he has put 450 hours on it! Late, but I think not too late. It’s a beautiful plane. Flies great. The kit is well thought out. Meanwhile, it has 450 hours on the […] Read More

Dave Gidzinski’s RV-6 First Flight! | Cedarville, NJ RV-6 #21270

Congrats to Dave on the recent completion and first flight of his RV-6. He writes to tell us: A very slow build. Never a priority project. It sat dormant twice, once for over 3 years. Several projects, Pitts, J-3, second house and two bouts of unemployment. First flight from my own private airstrip in NJ. […] Read More

Brad Martens’ New RV-9A! | Parker, CO RV-9A #91881

Congratulations to Brad on the first flight of his RV-9A! He writes to tell us all about it and to provide some words of encouragement for builders: After 11 years and 2 days N8729M finally took to the air on 6/18/2020 at KCFO in Watkins, CO. What an awesome feeling! Thanks to my wife for […] Read More

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