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Trevor Fleming’s RV-7 | Airdrie Alberta, Canada RV-7 #73850

Trevor recently completed his RV-7! He writes: A little late to report, but I’ve been having way to much fun! First flight was almost perfect other than the standard heavy wing. A quick tweak and I now have over 50 hours problem free and loving every minute of it. My wife and I have enjoyed […] Read More

John J Meyers’ RV-12 | Lancaster, Ohio RV-12iS #121157

Congratulations John! He writes: Since the first rivet was driven 3 years, 7 months, 3 weeks, and 1 day ago, N683JT left the earth for the first time the morning of 7/22/22. It was a 47 min flight that reached an altitude as high as 5,168 ft, and achieved a ground speed that went up […] Read More

Gavin Hill’s RV-8 | Johannesburg, South Africa RV-8 #80995

Congratulations Gavin! He writes: This beautiful RV-8 started life out as an early QuickBuild kit that was purchased from the original builder in 2018. After leaving the Van’s factory in 1998 and through many hours of blood, sweat and tears together with good friends, Reyno Coetzer, Mike George and Peter Steyn she was completed in […] Read More

Michael and Colleen Verkaik’s RV-8 | Oakdale, California RV-8 #83342

Congratulations to Michael and Colleen! They write: First flight of our RV-8, sporting the initials in our tail number in memory of our two brave and beloved sons, took place on Friday July 9th 2022 in Eugene Oregon. The aircraft performed exactly as advertised and capped a journey of friendship and experiences that wil last […] Read More

Steven Gross’ RV-10 | Rockville, Maryland RV-10 #40377

Congratulations to Steven on the completion of his second RV! He writes: Built an RV-9A, completed exactly 4 years ago – construction took 25 months. Proud owner of a 2 plane RV air force with completion of the RV-10, Independence Day, 2022.

Mark Reid’s RV-6 | Durban, South Africa RV-6 #60187

Congratulations to Mark on the completion of his beautiful new RV-6! Sorry for the late sub mission.Well the day arrived to do the first flight. The Test pilot said to me when we were taxing out. (Before hand we had our briefing of what we were going to do and what we would do if […] Read More

Joe Ovenden’s RV-7 | Tyabb, Victoria, Australia RV-7 #74466

Congratulations Joe! I started my build in August 2015. First flight was on July 5th, 2022. Nearly a 7 year build time. The kit was a slow build RV-7 with a slider canopy. I can’t thank my wife and daughters enough for all the support over the years. They have been a great help when you […] Read More

Steven Davis’ RV-14A | Redmond/Bend, Oregon RV-14A #140807

Congratulations to Steven on his new RV-14A! He writes: We chose a beautiful CAVU morning for the first flight. This is not my first flight in a plane I’ve built, but was the first flight in an RV. I cannot compliment Van’s enough for their design, manufacturing process, and assistance. Back to the first flight. […] Read More

Larry Ray Sissom | Chelsea , Michigan RV-7A #73640

Congratulations to Larry, who writes in to tell us about the first flight. of his new RV-7A: First flight was accomplished on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (KARB) with the able assistance of fellow EAA333 chapter members Mark Powell and Jeff Cohen. After a glitch with the radio was resolved […] Read More

Jim Moshonsky’s RV-10 | Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada RV-10 #41936

Congratulations to Jim on his new RV-10! He writes: After just over 3 years and 2,700 hours of building – our dream airplane finally flew. With help from my grown adult children and most especially my wife, our RV-10 was complete. Building in isolation in a remote part of Canada made the build somewhat difficult […] Read More

Michael Lindsey’s RV-6 | Thorsby, Alabama RV-6 #22807

Congratulations to Michael on his new RV-6! He writes: I had test pilot fly the plane. Had no problems, flew straight and true. Stalls were as advertised. I really enjoyed the flight, let off a lot of stress that had been building up over the last couple of months. I had a lot of friends […] Read More

John and Chris Shaw’s RV-9A | Johannesburg, South Africa RV-9A #92113

Congratulations to John and Chris. They write: After three years and nine months of work, our RV-9a was finally read to fly. With the weather forecast looking good, we gathered at Krugersdorp airfield on a cold winter’s morning. ZU-SRV was pulled out of the hangar and the pre-flight checks done. Then, in the capable hands of test-pilot […] Read More

Doug Peterson’s RV-7A | Fountain hills, Arizona RV-7A #70318

Congratulations to Doug on the completion of his sixth RV, he writes: The first owner stalled out building for 20 years. I purchased the kits July 2021 and just under one year of building the aircraft flew for the first time June 2022. This is my 6th Van’s Aircraft build over a 21 year period. […] Read More

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