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Joe Bryant’s RV-3 | Great Falls, Montana RV-3 #11480

Congratulations to Joe and Noel on this amazing accomplishment! They write: After 10 years of on and off building, my RV-3 took to the skies on July 29, 2022. The test pilot, Noel Simmons, reported the plane flew hands off at 185 mph. Will be getting the paint job done in September. The paint will […] Read More

William Stewart’s RV-8 | Chicago, IL RV-8 #001

Congratulations to William on his new RV-8! He writes in with a short report and photo: My first flight was just one trip around the patch but that was enough for the RV Grin.

Shawn Gray’s RV-7 | Camas, Washington RV-7 #74673

Shawn recently flew his RV-7 for the first time! He writes: N726RG flew great on her first flight. High overcast and no wind conditions at Grove Field(1W1). Glad my father and one my best friends were there to see it. Great feeling. RV Grin 😁!

Steve Hicks’ RV-14 | Shropshire, UK RV-14 #140413

Congratulations to Steve! He writes: The adventure with G-STRV began in Oct 2017, when slow build parts began to arrive in Shropshire, UK, and my friend Tim Nicholas has been a faithful rivet partner throughout the build. The first flight took place from Sleap Airfield where G-STRV will live, and she felt “right” the moment […] Read More

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

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