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Rich Moynihan’s RV-7A | Boulder City, Nevada RV-7A #72097

Congrats Rich Moynihan on the first flight of his RV-7A! He reports: I flew my first flight in N 787NV on 3/27/2019. The plane flew great. This was due to help from my RV friends in Boulder City and Henderson (EAA chapter 1300). Our tech counselor and friend Seb Trost flew the first flight with […] Read More

Amer Karim’s RV-10 | Nairobi, Kenya RV-10 #41833

Amer Karim of Nairobi write us to announce his RV-10 has made it’s first flight. He’s just finished this one and will be starting a second QB RV-10 soon! I test flew my RV-10 two weeks ago, and it flew beautifully and was very fast. The aviation authority here in Kenya said they have never […] Read More

Jon Reddick’s RV-8 | Lewes, DE RV-8 #82497

Congratulations to Jon on the first flight of his RV-8! ANd if you’ve ever wondered, “Can I build an RV in a single car garage,” they answer is yes, and you really need to check this out: He’s sent in this report and a video showing his build and first flight: After restoring, flying and […] Read More

Dan Garrelts’ RV-9 – with a tailwheel! | St. Charles MO RV-9 #90621

Let’s be honest: You just don’t see tail-dragger RV-9’s all that often! Dan sends in his maiden flight report: “First flight was 3/16/19, or 16 Years and 5 Months from the date I sign the Van’s License agreement. Engine ran fine staying within all the ranges and the airplane flew very predictable. After taxiing back […] Read More

Karl Kruger’s RV-7A | Helena, Montana RV-7A #73660

Karl caught up with us to provide a report and let you all know about his first flight, which occurred in October 2018. “First flight on October 13, 2018 close to nine years after receiving my first kit. Powered by a 150 hp O-320 and a wood prop by Props Inc, N915JB flew incredibly well. […] Read More

John Fristrom’s RV-7A | KHEG / Jacksonville, FL RV-7A #74085

“After 6 years, 11 months RV-7A N199WT took flight. The 1st flight far exceeded my expectations. The handling and performance of this kit airplane is amazing! I wish to thank all of those who assisted along the way. My build is a slider with Lycoming O-360 and a constant speed Hartzell Prop. Inside, I have […] Read More

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

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