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You will sometimes see the numbers of flying RVs on this list rise without a corresponding number of first flight reports from builders. Why?
Well, we learn of flying RVs in many different ways. Ideally, a builder will email us with a photo of his or her personal "RV grin". Sometimes, they call on the phone, which is great, but doesn't provide us with anything to publish on this web page. Sometimes, we find out incidentally; for example, when a customer
calls to order new tires, and we wonder why someone
who is still building (so far as we know) would need
them. Or we may discover a first flight announcement
on an RV web forum. On other occasions, we learn of a
new batch of flying RVs from "RV factories" overseas,
but without individual details.
We'd like to see more RV grins here, so
send in the pictures of your new "baby", or we may
never know of your success. Click the link below for
how to do it.
From: LARRY HOFFMAN
Subject: N600LH FIRST FLIGHT
Date sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Dear Van's Aircraft,
On Wednesday, August 16, 2017 after over 3,000 hrs and 5 years and 3 months, N600LH, serial no. 41338, took its first flight! What a fantastic airplane! This is my second RV, the first being N800LH, an RV-12.Special thanks to Steve Flattum of the Chicago area who checked the plane and me out and did the first few flights with me. Steve is an airline pilot and CFI who really knows RVs and I really recommend him.
Subject: 1st flight 120947 RV12
Date sent: Monday, August 14, 2017
Proud to announce the successful 1st flight of N116KJ RV12 out of Three Forks, Mt (9s5) on July 18th, 2017. I have since completed all 5 of the recommended test flights and Phase 1. Awesome building and flying experience. I am tempted to sell and start it all over again.
From: Alan Lorrie
Subject: C-GADK first flight
Date sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Well it finally happened. After six and three quarter years, on July 21, 2017 at 6:05 am RV-7 C-GADK serial number 73553 took to the skies over CNC3 Brampton for 1.2 glorious hours! Other than my pounding heart the flight was uneventfull and both plane and pilot survived the landing! The first flight day was clear and calm. Perfect for a first flight. I climbed to 2500' (as high as I could before talking to Toronto Terminal) and orbited the field for 30 minutes at 70-75 % power to seat the rings and confirm the engine temps were stable. All was OK so I contacted Terminal and received clearance not above 3500' so I climed and continued the break-in for another 15 minutes. I then tried some stalls and came around for landing. The landing had a small hop (due to the difference in going from a 4 to the 7...my story and sticking to it!) but was OK for a first flight in a 7 IMHO. My thanks to my ground crew Neil, who kept in touch on the hand held, for the video's of the TO and landing. An elated RV grin during and at the completion of the flight!! The Lycoming O-360 was rebuilt at the Brampton Flying Club engine shop by our engine guru Mike who did a great job installing new Titan cylinder assemblies, oil pump, mags, B&C BU alternator etc. The prop is a Sensenich FP. The only non-standard thing about the engine was the Rotec TBI 48-4/5 that I installed. It is the MK1 version with the external regulator. After 8 hours flying time so far the engine is performing great with this stock out of the box TBI. Starts are easy, with a smooth idle down below 500 rpm if I want. Takes a little learning for hot starts but OK so far. The panel has a 10" Skyview with backup battery, Trig T22 transponder, KLX135A GPS/COM, BU airspeed and GT50. Aero LED strobes/nav and LED landing/taxi lights in the tips. Abbey at Flightline did a great job on the interior!
My sincere thanks to my wonderful wife for enduring the six plus years as I worked away in the garage in my spare time, to my sons and wife again for their riveting, part flipping and wiring assistance! Thanks also to all the guys at BFC for their help along the way and especially for final assembly!
From: jerry karlsberg
Subject: first flight
Date sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
After a 3-year 2 month build, RV-14A #140158 N778YS first flew at Renton Municipal Airport (RNT) July 22, 2017. Additional pilot Miguel Marmol did a great job helping with the preparations and making sure all went smoothly. Thanks for a great airplane!!!
From: Dominik Stadler
Subject: First Flight Report of HB-YMP, Serial no. 71849
Date sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Now, after a bit more than a year, it is really time to give you this information: Kit no. 71849 is no longer a kit ... it is an airplane! Oh boy, and not only an airplane ... It is a DREAM MACHINE! It took me 12 years to slow build ... live came into way, two kids, changed my job, moved my living place and so on, things that over such a long period can happen. Also I'm a precision mechanic, this does not really help to build fast. I thought to take the build as therapies. It was not all the time easy to build, some stations needed my full concentration and craftmanship to produce the parts and put them together. But it is doable and give a lot of fun and good time in the shop. Got the award at our summer-meeting (International experimental fly-in in Switzerland): Best Kit Build!
HB-YMP, Swisseagle #1, has its home in Switzerland, Airfield Birrfeld LSZF. TMX-IO-320 with Airflow-Performance FM-150, 2x PMAG, Sensenich FP metal Prop, Liese-Muffler, 2x COM, 2x Advanced Flight Systems AF-3400, Garmin 695 GPS, 2-Axis Tru Track AP and many more nice options. It weighs 1124 lbs.
Until now, 65+ hours, 100 landings, aerobatic approved, noise level D, performing great! And after each flight, brings me back on earth with a BIG smile and let me realize how big the privilege is, to be able to fly such a nice plane.
Thank you Vans for this great plane and also a big thank you to all who had helped me on this project!
To all the others that are still building, keep on pounding those rivets! It's worth all the effort, energy, sweat and blood that you invest into your plane! Do not forget your family, friends and all the people that support you, to reach your target.
From: Brian Huffaker
Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Sunday 7/23/2017
Another one for the hobs, #80091 is now N609HZ. Very basic day VFR with an O-360 modified with inverted fuel and oil. Catto three blade prop. Came out at 1002 lbs with paint but no gear and wheel fairings yet.
From: gregory novotny
Subject: FIRST Flight RV-14a N14ZP Kit#140209
Date sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017
After 2 years, 3 months and 25 days, there was finally the moment, when there was nothing left to do, but go flying. N14ZP flew beautifully, straight and fast. No major discrepancies. Special thanks to Rich Zurinsky, (9 time "Repeat Offender") for his incredible builder assistance, and all the folks at Van's for their technical support. The RV-14 series has raised the bar. It is comfortable, roomy and has incredible visibility, while retaining the legendary RV performance.
From: Frank Dombroski
Subject: RV-10 N447V Completion
Date sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017
RV-10 Kit 80447 became N447V on 11-3-2016. First flight and Phase 1 completion followed quickly. This is my Third RV-10, the plane was painted and ready for long term enjoyment at completion. The RV-10 is an incredibly capable aircraft and great design. Flying LOP at 10K feet I see 170 Kt TAS while burning 10.6 GPH.
The panel is outfitted with a full IFR Garmin G3X Touch package. The engine is a balanced IO540 with a blended airfoil Hartzell prop. Runs very smooth.
Subject: 83093 flying
Date sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Hi Van's team,
I wanted to let you know that RV-8 s/n 83093 is flying. It first flew April 2016. I now have over 100 hours on it. It t was painted in April of 2017. The more I fly it the more I love it and the grin is still ear to ear! Thanks for all the technical support along the way. I do not think I could or would have done this without an organization as good as Van's Aircraft available for support.
From: Anders Wallerman
Subject: First flight report
Date sent: Friday, July 14, 2017
On June 6 I flew my RV8A, SE-XTT, #81319, for the first time from the Saab airfield in Linköping, Sweden. This after some 15 years of building or so. It was a bit hard to find the time for building, but I have enjoyed every minute of it!
The flight went great, everything worked fine except for a very minor oil leak. It was obvious right away that I am going to enjoy this great aircraft a lot. I am now joining the other RV owners at the airfield (who have given me invaluable support) hoping for many flying adventures in the future.
It's got a used IO-360-A1B6 with a new Hartzell C/S propeller in the front and a Dynon SkyView in the panel. I painted it myself. Wheel pants are finished too, will go on when I finish breaking in new cylinders on the engine.
Thanks Van's a lot for support and a great kit!
Anders Wallerman, Linköping, Sweden
From: Steve Brown
Subject: First flight RV 14A
Date sent: Saturday, July 08, 2017
Today was the day that all of us have dreamed about. It was the first flight of my RV 14A at DLZ in Delaware Ohio.
I didn't stray too far from the plans in the construction of my 14A. Although I did put a Superior XP400 in and fired it up with a twin eMag ignition system. The excellent talents of Barrett Precision Engines put the engine together for me. BPE also put in an Air Flow Systems fuel injection system.
The avionics package was done by Rob Hickman at Advanced Flight Systems. I used a twin screen 5600 with an Avidyne IFD5400. Plus any other electronic gadget that you can think of. Certainly it's robust enough for any adventure.
My plane is the 95th RV14 kit and it took me about 3 1/2 years. I had help from several friends: Joe Strausbaugh, Geoff Combs, Dana Saucier, Bob Leffler and many others.
The paint scheme was by Scheme Designers and the paint job was done by AV8 Paintworks in Marion, Ohio.
The plane flew almost hands free the very first time with no major surprises. I did keep the flight limited to about 20 minutes just for safety sake. I wanted to get it on the ground and look closely for any lurking problems before I flew for a longer period.
This was a dream of a lifetime and I am very blessed to have a lovely wife and family that are supportive.
From: Martin Russell
Subject: First flight report - RV7 VH-IMR
Date sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2017
I am ecstatic to report that RV7 VH-IMR took to the air on Saturday 1st July 2017 at around 8:00 AM from Wedderburn airport, south of Sydney after what seems like a lifetime of thinking about it and 12 years of actually building it. As expected, the aircraft performed absolutely flawlessly.
Built completely to standard with a Vans supplied 0-360-A1A and Sensenich fixed pitch prop, empty weight without wheel pants is 1040 lbs. Fitted with a dual screen Garmin G3X, GTX23ES transponder and SL40 radio and my first ever DIY aircraft paint job using Protec polyurethane.
A huge thankyou to my beautiful wife Deb for her unerring support in helping me achieve my dream. Thanks to my Dad for nurturing the aviation bug, my kids Sheridan and Kurtis for their help and encouragement and to an almost endless list of wonderful people that helped me along the way: Doug, Graham, Lisa, Martin, Eddie, Rob, Glenn, Peter, Kevin and all the other people at Wedderburn and SAAA chapters 1 and 11 and of course Vans Aircraft for supplying such a great kit.
What a ride ! Let the next adventure begin !
Bonnet Bay, NSW, Australia.
From: Elliot Halyburton
Date sent: Monday, June 26, 2017
Hello Van's crew,
My first flight was completed the morning of June 15th, 2017. The flight was uneventful and everything worked as expected. Many thanks to all the wonderful employees you have. See you at AirVenture 2017.
From: Bob Meyers
Subject: RV-14A N626KM First Flight
Date sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
My RV-14A, N626KM flew for the first time Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
It was a perfect day and the flight was just like it with no squawks. The full RV grin was on display back on the ground.
The io390 is a beast that purrs like a kitten. I would not have been comfortable doing the first flight without transition training with Mike Seager. Thanks Mike, and thanks to all the folks at Van's that contributed to this well engineered kit. I appreciated every piece of it. It was a pleasure to build.
From: John Siemens
Subject: First Flight, RV-8 S/N 81734, 22 June 2017
Date sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017
RV-8 S/N 81734 completed her maiden flight on 22 June 2017. It was an awesome experience, one I will remember forever!
On 5 March 2011, I acquired the RV-8 kit from her second owner. At that time, the kit was almost 11 years old, but virtually untouched. It took six years to build the plane, which was 4 years longer than anticipated. I assembled the engine from a Superior Air Parts IO-360 kit, wired the instrument panel containing a combination of glass and redundant steam gauges with two Nav/Com radios, and installed a Hartzell C/S prop. Registering the aircraft took over a month because I did not have a good paper trail of kit ownership from the original owner, which resulted in my application being rejected twice. Finally, I called Vans, who established the paper trail to the satisfaction of the FAA.
Eventually, the day arrived for the greatly anticipated first flight. I was ready, having already flown the plane 1000 times (in my head). After takeoff from KECG, I climbed to 3500 ft. and flew circles around the field for 1.8 hours at 75-80% power to seat the piston rings in the new engine. The time went by quickly. I had a "ground support crew" consisting of a group of friends on a handheld radio who kept me company while I burned holes in the sky at 160 knots. I really appreciated them being there!
Thanks to all the great people who offered advice when I asked, and helped during the building process when a second set of hands was required; there are too many to list, but their names are recorded on ribs inside the wings and fuselage! In particular I want to thank William (Mike) Worley, my primary QA inspector throughout the entire process, who loaned me his complete set of aviation tools, taught me how to rivet, assisted during the building of the engine, helped transport the plane to the airport, gave me my first tail wheel lessons in a Piper Cub and Aeronca Champ, and acted as one of my ground support people. Also thanks to my friend Dave Bush for capturing the photo of my first landing!
From: Chuck S
Subject: First Flight RV-14A
Date sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
RV-14A, N221XC, took to the air for the first time on Monday, June 19, 2017. The aircraft flies beautifully. Thank you to my beautiful wife for her constant loving support and her angelic patience throughout this process. And many thanks to the great team at Synergy Air. I cannot imagine a better group of individuals to work with to make my dream come true.
From: Ed Holyoke
Subject: First flight RV6
Date sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Just thought I'd check in with another for the hobbs meter. The slowest quickbuild RV6 ever flew today at Chino Airport. N86ED is kit number 60522. It is equipped with an IO-360, Whirlwind 74RV prop, and a dual Advanced 5600 panel. Flew great for over an hour. No leaks or squawks to speak of. Grinning.
From: Chris Hall
Subject: Vans RV-6 G-RRRV first flight
Date sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017
As something of a late bloomer, Vans RV-6 serial number 20843 finally made it into the skies on 17th June 2017. Back in October 1989, Ed Kosik of Sonora, CA put in an order for an RV-6 empennage. Unfortunately, in September 2010, Ed passed away without finishing the plane. Via a convoluted route, the project made its way to me in the UK. That was in March of 2012 and by then the tail, fuselage and wings were largely complete, and an ageing Lycoming O-320 sat at the front. I spent some time dealing with the paperwork to get the project registered with the UK's Light Aircraft Association, the equivalent of the EAA, but with a slightly greater propensity for red tape. There was some re-working required and checking of pretty well every rivet that had already been put in, but after that I could get on with the engine overhaul, upholstery, avionics, paint etc. etc.
The propulsion is provided by an O-320 H2AD running a carb and a dual magneto with a Great American wooden prop on the front. A Dynon D10A tells me where I'm pointing and drives the two-axis autopiot, whilst an MGL Enigma Stratomaster tells me all I need to know about the engine. Being a relatively early model, it has floor mounted rudder pedals, manual flaps and a small rudder. The sliding canopy skirts were damaged in transit, so I replaced them with skirts made to the latest drawings, which update the look a little.
So, at just after 11 am on 17th June, test pilot David Findon, accompanied by Ed (see picture) took the leaping lion into the sky for its 26 minute first flight. In just over 9 and a half hours of further test flying it will get a Permit to Fly and I'll be able to try out the RV Grin for the first time.
From: Keith Sremaniak
Subject: First flite
Date sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017
My Slow-Build Vanessa, N325KS, RV-7A flew on Friday 6/16 after 10 years 2 1/2 months. Kit 73032. RV Flyer # 9,700, and 1,581st RV7/A. Had help from many old friends, new friends and family. As well as Vans and the VAF forum. AMAZING AIRPLANE.
From: Alex Loewen
Subject: First flight for RV-7A...s/n 74310 ...C-FIJT
Date sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017
So in February of 2014 I started building RV-7A s/n 74310. With a lot of help from Bill Funk, Rob Hickman, Mark Elste and all of you on this forum, C-FIJT took to the air fir the first time on June 16, 2017 at Steinbach airport (CJB3) with Bill Funk at the controls.
Here's a link to the first flight/ first landing video.
Special thanks to my wife Bev....without her support, I wouldn't have started. Now we plan to use our little plane together to fly between Winnipeg, MB, Mesa, AZ and Sarasota, FL...and other places just because.
From: Steve Riffe
Subject: RV-8 First Flight
Date sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Dear Van's Fun Factory!
On June 8, 2017, RV-8 S/N 83041, N23SR took to the skies for a 1 hour flight. What an amazing aircraft-flew straight and true. There were a few minor calibrations that needed to be addressed regarding some Dynon settings, but other than that I could not have been more pleased. Being a new "tail wheel" pilot, I was a bit anxious when it came time to land, but the landing proved uneventful.
My plane is equipped with a 10" Dynon Skyview Touch, autopilot, Garmin GTN650 and a Vertical Power VP-X which I feel greatly simplified the wiring process. My engine is a Lycoming IO-360-M1B 180 hp driving a 72" Hartzell C/S prop. What a performer! I also have the Grove airfoiled landing gear.
Thanks to my wife for the unending support during my build over the last 7 years and 4 months. Also, thanks to the great support team at Van's who responded to a number of questions during the build. And a thank-you to Doug Reeves for Van's Airforce website-this is an invaluable reference source--many great builders with a wealth of knowledge that can offer meaningful advice regarding the build and operation of Van's aircraft . Thank-you Kit-Log and all of the blogs that are posted online-truly there are many gifted craftsman building these wonderful airplanes.
From: Alain VAN SEVEREN
Subject: Another one takes to the air
Date sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
On Sunday 4 June, around 17:45, I took off from Annecy, France (LFLP) with my RV-7 for the first time.
What a machine!
Wind was almost calm, the air was cool and smooth. After a thorough pre-flight check, a standard run-up at the holding point, I lined up on runway 22 and smoothly applied full power. The acceleration was brisk, directional control very easy and responsive. The airplane took off almost alone, without any effort. I accelerated to 100 Kts and the climb rate was great.
I circled the aerodrome for about 10 minutes to make sure everything was fine. Left wing heavy, but easily controllable. Then I flew west of the field for a bit of slower flight, and to check the flaps in landing configuration. All good... Back to the airfield for landing. The wind was calm so the tower gave me the choice of Runway 04 or 22, I choose 04 as the approach path is less steep. Overhead the field at 120 Kts, slowing down. 20° of flaps on downwind, full flaps on base leg, I passed the threshold at 75 Kts and made my 1st kiss landing. Back to the apron and when I opened the tip-up canopy I couldn't get rid of the RV grin! And I think my wife was as happy as me...
The airplane flies great and is much easier than I thought. I have very limited experience with tailwheel, but that was really not a problem for this flight. I flew without gear/wheel pants, and saw 150 Kts groundspeed. Wow...
From: Josef Kantor
Subject: First Flight OE-VOY
Date sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Dear Van´s Team!
And another one is up in the air. On June 4th my good friend Hans and I did the first flight of the RV-9A, serial number 92235 in Punitz, Austria. The flight was an unforgettable, amazing experience and I have to admit that I was a bit nervous when we set full throttle. But the plane flew perfectly and there are only minor glitches to fix and a lot of testing and calibrating to do.
The OE-VOY is equipped with a IO-320 D1A with 160 hp, has a Dynon Skyview with Autopilot and a MT 2-blade constant-speed-prop. So far the technical details.
But what became even more important than the "numbers and technical details" are the people I met along the way. I would like to thank Daryl from Van´s who did a fantastic job convincing me that the RV-9A is a wonderful plane. He was never lying, all he said turned out to be true... :-) And thank you also for the quick response time on my countless e-mails!
Then there is Karl, the guy who knows everything about wiring and installing electrical stuff. I am sure without his help I would not have a glass-cockpit right now.
Also I want to thank Manfred, he has always been super-patient when I asked 1000 questions, he replied with 1000 precise and friendly e-mails. I don´t know how many hours of work he saved me.
The "cheerleader" of this project was my wife Oi Yan who encouraged me from start to end. She did a breathtaking design of the plane (just look at the photos) and also the layout of the cockpit was her merit. I can´t wait to have her flying next to me! Thank you for your support, encouragement and involvement!
But the person I owe the most is Hans. It is amazing how much he knows about everything that has to do with plane-building. Without him my dream would have never turned to reality. I loved the hours spent with him in the garage, working on the plane, talking about flying. I am almost a bit sad that we are done with this plane now.
So at the end of the day I now have a wonderful plane but I am even more grateful for the people I met along the way.
Subject: First flight of N696VA
Date sent: Monday, June 05, 2017
SN 120696 flew today, June 4th, 2017. What a great little plane.
The plane is so nimble and everything works so well. My first flight was uneventful and I'm happy to report no heavy wings nor yaw correction needed. I did install the rudder trim tab during build because I expected it to be necessary and wanted it to be a part of the plane prior to paint. The plane was painted prior to the during construction for several reasons. First of all to get the parts out of my living room and into a hanger but most importantly because I knew that once it was flying it would be difficult to part with it for the inevitable couple months it really takes to paint a plane. Also, the painter has no idea on what fasteners are actually used to construct the plane and there's the chance they could substitute some. By painting prior to final assembly the plane is built per the kit instructions.
I'd like to add that the kit, instructions and the folks in support are all top notch. I'm completely impressed by the detail in the plans and the alignment of all those parts coming together to make a flying machine.
The handling of this airplane is phenomenal. I haven't flow any other Vans plane ( I have many hanger mates on my row that have 6's and 7's) but this little guy is so quick.
I choose the 12 because of the sport pilot rule, the pump gas allowance and the removable wings. I'm very happy after the first flight and more excited now than before to get it up flying again.
Thanks to Vans for creating these wonderful airplanes.
First flight June 4th, 2017
?Hello Van's team from France!
On May 19, 2017 after 4 and 1/2 years of building, my SB RV7 n°74130 F-PXRV took to the air for the first time! A great moment in any builder's life! During this inaugural flight, she was far faster than me but at the end, the first landing was rather easy (my only tailwheel experience was on a J3)
Speed and maneuverability are incredible, thanks Van's for the great design! The setup is:
O360A1A homemade overhauled
Dual Plasma III ignition with back-up battery
3 blades Valex propeller
Dual 8.4 GRT sport SX
Trig radio and Xpdr
Homemade LED nav lights and strobes.
Painted in a local shop, PU paint and varnish, black parts are stickers.
You may recognize the N767WM famous paint scheme, I found in love of this paint scheme back in 2010 when I saw her for the first time.
Thank you to everybody who helped me during the building process, especially my father, great job!
From: Sukhdev Kang
Subject: RV 9A Serial number 91446
Date sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
I would like to report that RV 9A Kit # 91446 has been certified as Airworthy on May 15th,2016 and maiden flight was on May 17th,2016 that lasted 2.7 hours, aircraft flew flawlessly and newly overhauled engine was broken in as well.
It took over 9.5 years to complete this aircraft and finely it is flying many thanks to Van's aircraft people.
Thanks and best regards,
Sukhdev S Kang
2901 S Atlantic Ave, Unit 702
Daytona Beach, FL32118
From: John Vander Horck
Subject: RV-12 First Flight
Date sent: Friday, May 26, 2017
I don't know who is maintaining the Van's scoreboard, but I'd like to report the first flight of RV-12 #120850, N850VH on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at KPSO, Archuleta County Stevens Field Airport, Pagosa Springs, CO (Field elevation 7,664). Currently flying off the Production Acceptance test cards and tweeking a heavy left wing.
Many thanks to Jose Gutierrez for six hours of transition training and all of the e-mail support from Van's along the way.
From: Vernon Franklin
Subject: N17VF First Flight
Date sent: Friday, May 26, 2017
May 1, 2017 first flight. After 8 years and 3,500 logged hours, I have finally finished the RV-10. First flight was amazing, everything I had been dreaming about. IO-540-D4A5, Hartzel CS Prop, Dual Dynon HDX.
Can't wait to fly off the 40, and start taking up the family.
From: Nathan Tolman
Yesterday, May 19th, 2017, I made my first flight of RV-12 S/N 120895. The weather was beautiful and calm so it made for a good day to take flight. The plane flew excellent!
I spent about 2˝ years building this as an ELSA with a Garmin G3X, autopilot w/ GMC 307, and full interior package. Its empty weight is 752 lbs.
This was my first time building an aircraft and this was a good kit to build for a beginner. I appreciate the great support from Vans and other builders who have posted to forums and blogs. It was great to see what challenges other builders have faced and how they overcame them. It helped immensely at times when I was faced with a challenge.
Thanks to my family who have supported me in this build!!!
From: JIM ZIMMERMAN
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017
I'm a bit tardy but still extremely happy to report my "first flight". After six and one half years of slow build, N77JZ took flight for the first time on February 9, 2015. My RV7 has an Aerosport power O-360, dual P-Mags, and an Ellison TBI turning a Sensenich fixed pitch prop, and a 10 inch Skyview system. Since then, I have accumulated 160 hours of fun, and climbing. A big thank you to all of the folks at Van's for the wonderful kit and superb support. I could not be happier!
From: Richard Weiss
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Monday, May 15, 2017
To the folks at Van's;
I took our RV-7A, N12BW S/N 73415, up for its first flight this morning, May 15, 2017, from the Spruce Creek Fly-in. After 3,000 hours of build time over an 8-year period, the takeoff from runway 23 was quick and smooth. The performance and control harmony, as expected, were excellent! No 'heavy wing syndrome' was noted as it flew perfectly straight and level with hands off the stick.
Our RV is equipped with a new Lycoming Thunderbolt IO-390-EXP, a 3 blade MT constant speed prop, dual Advanced 4500 displays, TruTrak autopilot, a VPX Pro, a Garmin radio stack that includes the GMA-240 audio panel, GTN-650 WAAS Navigator, GTR-200 radio, and a GTX-330ES transponder with ADS-B out. A Navworx 600B provides ADS-B IN traffic and weather. it also has a Vetterman exhaust, Classic Aero Interior, CJ Aviation fuel boost pump, and a host of other upgrades. Van's, Avionics Installations, and the homebuilt vendor cadre rank among the best of the best!
As a former Saturn V/ S-1C propulsion engineer for NASA at Kennedy Space Center, I wanted a NASA Apollo Program tribute themed design. Working with designer/painter John Starr, I think we developed what I hope is the perfect blend of aviation and space. Weird, but then hey, it's my airplane right?
A special thank you to Dick V., all of the aviators at Spruce Creek, EAA 288, Keith Phillips, and to Gary Baker who works with me on the EAA Homebuilt Council. They were always there when needed. A special thank you to my good friend Mike Kelly, my EAA Tech Counselor, Flight Advisor, and my FAA APP pilot who joined me on this first-flight adventure.
None of this would have been possible without the total support and encouragement of my wonderful wife Brenda. Thank you sweetie!
Chairman, Homebuilt Aircraft Council
Member, EAA Board of Directors
Lifetime Member 214428
From: Stan Hodgkins
Date sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017
My RV-7A, G-DMPL, Ser # 73686 first flew on October 22 2015 and I don't think I reported it at the time. If I didn't it will be one nearer the magic 10,000!
It's is my second RV and we are having a ball with it. It has a new O-320 with a constant speed Hartzell with Classic Aero leather interior. Thanks for an amazing product that never disappoints! I attach a couple of photos. The colour is Honda Milano Red, the same as our Jazz (Fit).
From: Conklin Richard
Subject: First flight 90432 N183RC
Date sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2017
First (and second) flight of RV-9A 90432 N183RC occurred from KLPR on April 23, 2017. Dave Ross (RV-4 and RV-7 builder) was the pilot. An elevator trim issue marred the first flight, which Dave handled expertly. Once remedied, the second flight was 30 minutes with engine and airframe performance as expected. Calibration of instruments and pilot (me) is next. The test program is ready!
N183RC is powered by a freshly overhauled O-320-H2AD, fixed pitch Sensenich aluminum prop and Ellison throttle body. In the panel is a Dynon D-180 with AP, a Garmin 496 GPS, SL-30 Nav/Com, and a GTX 327 transponder. Interior is Classic seats and carpet with homemade side panels. The airframe is slow build wings and a QB fuselage. It's painted in S-W Genesis M in white and silver, with red accents in vinyl. Empty weight with full fairings and interior is 1113 lbs. Engine OH, construction, fiberglass, paint and all wiring was done by me over a period of 15 years(!).
See attached document for details, picture below is of myself (left) and Dave Ross (right).
Best regards / Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Szívélyes üdvözlettel / Saludos Cordiales,
Richard J. Conklin III
Director, Air Treatment, Transmission & Engine Air Management
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Email: richard.conklin at bendix.com
From: Gil Alexander
Subject: First flight - N61GX
Date sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
After many years, RV-6A #20701 flew.
The 1989 kit, still with the original owner Gil Alexander, was an early slow build kit.
As time progressed a few changes occurred in engine and avionics, as well as a relocation from the Los Angeles area to La Cholla Airpark in North Tucson.
It flew with a narrow deck Lycoming O-360-A1A made up from a box of yellow tagged parts and assembled by a Phoenix engine builder. The avionics changed over time and is now at Dynon 10 inch Touch Skyview, with a Skyview intercom and Comm. radio. Comm #2 is an old Apollo GX-65, but is slated to be soon replaced with a Garmin 400W.
From: Steve Goevert
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
RV 6 #25246 was started 1997 in Missouri by another builder who built the empennage, wings and part of the fuselage. In 2012 with renewed enthusiasm, I brought the project to my farm in central Kansas. I built it inside a gutted old farmhouse where space was always tight.
For the next 4 ˝ years I worked on it an average of 20 hours per week. Most of the "work" was actually planning and research so that the finished product would incorporate the latest technology.
It is powered by a Lycoming O-320 150 HP, Sensenich composite ground-adjustable prop, dual Lightspeed electronic ignition (no mags), dual electric fuel pumps (no engine fuel pump), Dynon electronic EFIS and engine monitoring (no vacuum pump). I also put in an airspeed indicator and altimeter for backup. It has dual independent electrical systems using two Odyssey batteries mounted on the forward side of the firewall. The electrical system is of my own design and I spent a LONG TIME researching it.
First flight occurred on April 18, 2017 and was marvelously uneventful with no squawks. It flew like a hot little sports car and made my beloved old Mooney seem like a family van. My test pilot and I even rolled it upside down a few times. Now I understand what the RV fuss is really all about!
Since it's a late bloomer RV6 I used as much RV7 updating and new technology as possible, and therefore I have it registered with the FAA as an RV6.5.
From: Doug Happe
Subject: RV-7 First Flight
Date sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I sent an acknowledgement of the first flight in Feb. Attached is a photo with my RV along side of my Corvette. Note the similar paint and interior.
It has an ECI/Titan IO-340 engine, Vetterman exhaust, Sam James cowling and plenum and a Classic Aero Design interior.
First flight was done by Mike Seager with me as passenger. Yep, had a heavy wing. Lots of calibration to do, but our weather has not been good.
It has been an amazing ride.
Doug Happe P.E.
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From: Daniel Budde
Subject: RV-12 120413 First Flight
Date sent: Sunday, April 16, 2017
After 2,420 days and many challenges, our RV-12 took flight for the first time on the morning of Wednesday 4/12/2017. The aircraft performed well with the only squawk being a heavy left wing.
Serial # 120413 was built with the loving support and understanding of my wife Denise. There are so many other friends and family to thank as well for use of their talents, tools, trailers, knowledge, and so many other intangibles. A special thanks to fellow RV-12 builder Jack Clark who always let me stay slightly ahead of him so I could make the mistakes and he could learn from them. He was on his own after our aircraft went into storage for 2 years and he completed a fine flying RV-12. Also, a big thanks to Tracy Willingham who is doing the Phase 1 flying duties. A professional and competent pilot and they don't come any better.
Equipment is straight ELSA that includes Rotax 912 ULS, Sensenich propeller, Dynon Skyview Touch, Garmin GTR 200, lighting, autopilot servos, AP/knobs panel, and ADSB In/Out.
Subject: First flight N448WP
Date sent: Sunday, April 16, 2017
March 10 celebrated the first flight after 4 years of building RV14A kit #98. The test flight went as expected thanks to friend Paul shepherd in the right seat who also gave me 15 plus hours of transition training in his just painted RV14A. A special thanks to a patient wife Bettye for letting me spend so many hours at the hanger. My weekend flying group was always encouraging along with Vans. Dynon avionics is working thanks to Greg and the aft fuselage is still attached to the forward fuselage thanks to Denny.
See you at Oshkosh
From: Jeff Kudlo
Subject: N7VQ First Flight
Date sent: Saturday, April 15, 2017
RV, 'Seven Victor Quebec', dispatched for the skies after a ten year build on Tuesday April 13, 2017. Test flown by EAA advisor and mentor David Ross resulted in an amazing day. The RV-7 performed as expected powered by an Aero Sport Power IO-375 and pulled by the Whirlwind RV200 propeller. She weighed in at #1105 without paint and is equipped with some sporty Garmin gear. Thanks to my Lord for the ability and blessing me with the stamina to persevere, my wife who gave up her garage for many years and for the many that encouraged me throughout the journey.
From: Patrick Keating
Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
My RV-8 N448PK made it's first flight on 4/7/17. This is RV-8 S/N 83584. The aircraft is equipped with a Continental Titan IOX-370 200hp engine. The empty weight was 1085 lbs. It has a Hartzell prop purchased from Van's. The avionics include a Garmin GTN 650 and a GMA 350c. It also includes a Dynon Skyview HDX display with a Dynon D10A as a backup display. It also has a Dynon back-up com and Dynon autopilot. The beautiful leather seats are from Classic Aero in Oregon. As of this date this RV-8 has 11 hours and building.
From: kevrv7 at yahoo.com
Subject: N517KW has been finished/flying
Date sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Realized when I saw the RV Count on banner at sun-n-fun this year that I don't think I ever submitted mine as completed and flying. Please add RV-7 N517KW as a finished and flying RV since August 2012..(sorry). Builder number 71364.
From: Norris Brown
Subject: RV-14A Completed
Date sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Just one week short of three years and after 3012 hrs my RV-14A received its airworthiness certificate and two days later, when the weather broke, was the first flight which went well with minor glitches.
N14NP is located in Spokane Washington at Felts Field. Power is supplied by a Superior XP-400 assembled by Aero Sport Power. The engine has dual PMags and an MT Constant speed prop. Electronics was installed by myself and is full IFR consisting of dual 10 inch G3x touch screens, a Garmin GNS530W GPS/Nav/Comm, a Garmin 23ES transponder along with a Garmin 39R providing full ADSB, and a second Garmin remote Comm. A Mini X with remote magnetometer and battery backup is installed as a backup EFIS. Circuit protection is provided by a VPX Pro with status of every circuit displayed on the G3x screen. The Garmin autopilot has the panel mounted controller for ease of use. Since this aircraft will be used IFR in the Northwest it is being equipped with the ThermX deice system including wing heaters, prop heat, pitot heat, and canopy deice spray.
From: Bob Crooks
Subject: RV10 First FLight
Date sent: Monday, April 03, 2017
April 1 was the first flight for N412BC and a great success it was after 4.5 years of construction. Notice that my wife Ellen has a bigger grin than I do. She has been instrumental in getting this project done.
Builder number is 41412. The plane is pretty standard except for an Electroair ignition on one side and the Safeair extended range tanks. Avionics suite is G3X with GTN650 as the navigator.
From: Dave Bernard
Subject: First Flight Report 83162
Date sent: Sunday, April 02, 2017
After 6+ years and 1880 hours of building I flew my RV-8, N187MF on April 1, 2017.
The test flight went exactly as planned and the aircraft and equipment all performed flawlessly. The performance and maneuverability of this RV-8 are amazing!
The aircraft has a new O-360, Catto 3 blade fixed pitch prop, Dynon Skyview SE, Classic Aero seats and AeroLED lights.
I couldn't have finished this without prodding and support from builders Chris Ryan, Kelly Stevens, my father and fellow builder Rich Bernard, the community at VAF and of course my bucking partner, my wife Krista.
I can't wait to see where this plane will take me! Great plane, Vans!
Commemorative Air Force- Utah Wing
davebernard81 at gmail.com
From: Gerhard Jordaan
Subject: First Flight Vans RV-8 no 82193 - VH-ZGJ
Date sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
On 29 March 2017 a collection of parts from a Vans RV-8 kit no 82193 took to the air as "Zulu Golf Juliet" from Caboolture Airfield, Queensland, Australia after 11 years in the making!
As all first flights should go, everything went well with the airplane showing the classic excellent RV handling qualities throughout the tested envelope. With a Lycoming O-320-D1A and 80 inch fixed pitch propeller, she settled at 160 KTAS at 78% power at 3000 ft. This is quite acceptable considering the smaller O-320 engine, which really makes for a light, simple and smooth handling version of the RV-8.
The flight lasted about 40 minutes with a classic first flight profile and some good friends flying safety chase in an RV-6. Some minor tweaks will be needed as always - but this is part of all Phase 1 flight testing and what we do in our hobby.
Even though the builder's log show 2450 hours of my building time, it cannot describe enough the great support I got from everyone who contributes to the RV forums...for every issue I came across there were people who described similar issues and solutions.
The biggest thanks also goes to the great bunch of guys of SAAA Chapter 22, Caboolture who all jumped in to get the project finished - thanks guys for demonstrating the real spirit of our organisation.
Vans RV-8 VH-ZGJ
Lycoming O-320 D1A
Sensenich fixed pitch prop - 80 inch pitch
Empty Weight 1096 lbs, Empty CG at 79 inches
Dynon Skyview 10 inch Classic with steam gauge back-ups
Happy building and safe flying!
SAAA Chapter 22
From: David Thompson
Subject: Another takes to the sky's
Date sent: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Just letting you know that "Romeo Zulu Victor" (RV-7A #72547) took to the air on the 15th March in the skilful hands of Snoopy Adams ( it's the 6th RV to carry out the first flight). Once proven she worked, I has my first flight too.
Just a minor electrical issue and a slightly heavy left wing, both quickly resolved.
Thanks to all who have helped and those who have had to put up with me for the past 22 months during the build.
Aerosport Power IO-375
Duel Dynon Skyview Touch, and Dynon Comms suite
Classic Aero Design Interior.
P.S. The animate object in the photo is yours truly
From: Gary Christensen
Subject: First Flight - N234GB (RV-6A QB)
Date sent: Monday, March 20, 2017
March 18, 2017 - At FFZ (Falcon Field, Mesa AZ) With no other aircraft in the pattern, N234GB (RV-6A) took the active runway. Six seconds later the rapidly accelerating aluminum transformed into an airborne aircraft, climbed to 3,000 MSL and orbited the field to become accustomed to the operational controls and characteristics. Climbs, turns, descents and engine operation were in appropriate ranges.
Picked up in Aurora by original builder in 1997 as a collection of RV-6A 'factory quickbuilds' . After a little effort he pushed it aside and acquired a completed RV-6A to fly. I acquired it in 2006, and a decade later completed and flew the First Flight. The VS/Rudder is the 'larger' (RV-8/8A version).
Empty Wt - 1051 lbs
Empty CG - 71.0 inches
Total Wt 1st Flt - 1433 lbs
A/C Time - 0.0 SMOH - 753.0
Flight Time - 0.5 hrs
Dynon SkyView 10" "Classic" display, Dynon radio/Intercom, AP Servos, Knob Panel, ADS-B in/out, Mode S. GPS 2020 and D2 Pocket Panel. iPad Mini 4, ForeFlight Pro Plus. Lycoming O-360 (used J2A) with AFP fuel injection, Vetterman exhaust, dual magnetos. Dynon EMS. Sensenich Fixed Pitch 'cruise' prop
Thanks to the member expertise of EAA Chap 228, fantastic forums on VAF and the knowledgebase of its contributors. Thanks to Brian Montenich for Transition Training, the landing was acceptable. Maximum thanks to my patient and supportive wife for putting up with the Aluminum Mistress hiding in the garage. It's well worth the effort. Thanks Van and the great staff of Aurora.
From: Dan Charrois
Subject: RV-10 completed
Date sent: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Hi there. I know that periodically you release info on how many of your kits have been completed. I'm not sure where you collect information on that, but if it's just from people letting you know when they're done, I thought I'd chime in. My RV-10 (CGDJE) made its first flight on January 15, 2017 (if you're interested, I have a YouTube video posted of the first flight at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSRUrwq0pEw)
I'm happy to say that everything is working great - other than a few minor tweaks, I haven't had to change or adjust much at all. It's a great plane to fly - very responsive, relatively undemanding, and great performance. The only frustration I'm having right now is staying within the 25 nm radius that Transport Canada requires for the first 25 hours of flight :-)
Being Canadian, I've painted it with a northern lights theme (aurorae borealis).. and since you're coincidentally located in Aurora, Oregon I just know that some day I'm going to want to fly it out to your airport there to "complete the circle" as it were :-)
Thanks for making such a wonderful and straightforward design - my family and I look forward to putting thousands of flying hours into it!
President, Syzygy Research & Technology
From: Nick Perucca
Subject: first flight
Date sent: Sunday, March 12, 2017
RV-12 N614AK #120753 defied gravity on March 11, 2017 at Meadow Lake airport, east of Colorado Springs, Colorado. This airport is at 6874 msl, and with a density altitude well over 8000, the 12 performed a snappy climb right up to 10,000. It was an uneventful first flight, with no issues.
Thanks go to many. The support of my wife Jan and kids, the crew at Van's, including transition training with Jose G., Jay Brinkmeyer, a 10 builder, who got me started and provided tools, help, and advice, fellow builders whose websites I visited often, and, the best bargain in RV'ing: VAF.
Safe flying all.
nickperucca at aol dot com
From: Keith Brown
Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2017
First flight report for N314KC, an RV-14A, builder #140136
N314KC, an RV-14A, got her airworthiness certificate on Mar 7 2017 and had her first flight on Mar 8 2017 - 2 years 10 months from first kit arrival. The engine is a Superior XP400 built by Aero Sport Power, the panel is all Garmin (dual G3X 10" screens, GTN 650, GMA 245 Audio Panel, GTR 20 remote radio, GTX 23ES transponder and G5).
As expected, she flew fast and very true - and what a view from that enormous canopy - like flying in Imax! A couple of minor squawks to chase (like a buzzing radio on my GTN 650) but the hours will start piling up right away. Many thanks to my partner, Chris, for all her building help and encouragement, and to EAA mentor/Tech Counselor Martin Sutter, whose guidance and encouragement were invaluable.
From: Maxson Jr, Rocky
Subject: RV-10 kit #40203
Date sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2017
To whom it may concern,
RV-10 kit #40203 first flight was on 06-22-2016 and to date has flown 60 hours of grin time powered by an EZ36 Subaru conversion, turbo charged and inter-cooled. All systems are functioning perfectly and the RV-10 design is perfect for us.
Thank you Van and your staff for all your help from the first introductory flight through the delivery process and any technical questions we needed help with during the building process. We enjoyed every step of the way and will continue to have fun with the flying portion of the "RV Experience"
From: Dennis Crider
Date sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017
RV-12 N928AC took to the air for the first time February 22nd with my RV-12 instructor, Dan Wroe, at the controls as the "Qualified Pilot" under the new dual pilot program. I strongly recommend it to anyone, like me, who hasn't flown for a while. My son/co-builder and I both enjoyed our turn at the controls. The airplane flew well with no wing heaviness and a lucky first guess on the rudder tab. A few squawks of course but most are easily fixed. As you can see in the picture, my son's RV grin started in the air. Mine was undocumented just after the flight when it suddenly hit me that I had just flown an airplane that I had built. Nothing like it. Thanks Vans.
From: Robert Ferguson
Subject: First Flight Report N314RF
Date sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017
I'm pleased to report the first flight of RV-14A #140046 on Sunday February 12 out of KSTS Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, CA. The test pilot (and tech counselor/flight adviser) was Steve Barnes, who did my first flight about 7 years ago on my RV-9A. A few minor problems to report, which will all be corrected by the finish of the Phase 1 test period. Special "Thanks" to David Heal, Kevin Quirk, other members of EAA124 who have contributed, and to all the members of the RV community who have shared their knowledge and experience.
The plane is powered by an AeroSport Power Superior IO-400 rated at 215HP, cold air induction, roller lifters and pendulum counter-weighted crankshaft, AFP Silver Hawk fuel injection, ported and flow matched cylinders, with dual electronic Light Speed III ignition systems. The prop is a 74 inch Hartzell BA. Instrumentation is all Dynon-- SkyView Touch 10 inch with EMS module, Mode S transponder, GPS-2020, ADSB out, radio and intercom, autopilot panel and AP Knob panel, two axis auto pilot with Ray Allen trim. The pilot stick is Tosten 8 function. Upholstery by Flightline Interiors with Crow 5 point harnesses. ELT is ACK E-04 (408Mhz). Byonics APRS tracking system.
I have already started my third kit, an RV-8A, so you can call me "just plane crazy"!!
From: Zak Clement
Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Monday, February 06, 2017
Another RV-14 is in the air! On Saturday the 4th we flew our -14 for the first time. The airplane handled great and preformed as expected.
The airplane has the IO-390 Lycoming mated to a Hartzell prop. This combination is really sweet, the airplane wastes no time getting off the ground on the take off roll. The panel was built by Stein and features a Dynon Skyview and a Garmin GTN 650. This panel has an impressive amount to features I am excited to learn about. I plan on earning my instrument rating in the RV this Spring.
This RV was started by my late father, Gordon Clement, January 2013. We were able to finish the build with the help of an RV-8 owner/builder, Allen Holcombe. Allen also pained the airplane as we built. We copied the RV prototype scheme, adding some detail to the wings.
The airplane is based at a private grass strip in the North Georgia mountains. I will be excited to fly off the 40 hour test phase to start exploring the country in this great machine.
Thanks to Allen for his hard work, Bennett Akin for the custom leather interior, and Mike Fitzpatrick for transition training in his RV-6 and for being another set of eyes for the first flight.
Well done on this design Vans. Now I understand why there are so many of these airplanes flying. I am excited to learn more about this airplane and enjoy it for years to come.
From: SCOTT E WATTS
Subject: first flight RV-7A kit 74051
Date sent: February 2, 2017
I'm pleased to announce RV-7A N531MW kit 74051 made its first flight on 01/31/2017! It is powered by a slightly experienced Lycoming o-360 a4m and Sensenich prop. It is Day/Night VFR equipped with Dynon Skyview system and has the Dynon radio, transponder and intercom. First flight went exceptionally well with only squawks being a transmitting issue from the radio and hot #3 cylinder. I'm off to transition training this weekend & am looking forward to many adventures with this airplane. Thanks for the support from Vans, VAF.net, EAA, local RV builders, friends and family. I'm glad to get Vans 1 more closer to the 10K milestone!
From: James White
Subject: RV-8 First Flight
Date sent: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Friday, January 20th, N538AM flew for the first time. The flight went well with only a short list of minor issues to resolve. (Including the traditional heavy wing.) Our -8 is a quick build that took just under 3 years to complete. It's powered by a Superior O-360 XP turning a 3 blade Catto prop. A follow-up flight recorded 208 mph true airspeed without wheel pants. RV grins all around!
From: Geoff Carr
Subject: RV-8QB #83518
Date sent: Saturday, January 21, 201
Just to let you know my RV-8 flew for the first time today 21 Jan 2017 at 1400hrs Australian EST, one week short of one year since I received the kit. Excellent T's & P's even though I was pulling high power for the whole flight. Engine XP382, with Raven inverted oil, MT C/S prop, Vetterman muffled exhaust.
Garmin G3X, radio's and Xpndr, ADS-B in and out, mounted Ipad mini, Dynon D2 standby. Airplane was fast smooth, and very quiet. And yes that is a Vans cap I am wearing.
From: Michael Wardle
Subject: First Flight RV-12 N219EM
Date sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Dear Vans Team:
I flew my E-SLA RV-12 N219EM for its first flight yesterday. I flew for 50 minutes out of KTVY. The airplane flew beautifully. Other than a few minor adjustments to control surfaces and prop pitch, there were no squawks.
I built the airplane in my basement with the incredible support of my wife and family.
Special thanks to Sterling Langrell for his professional and dedicated technical support. I also appreciate the fabulous transition training I received from Jose Gutierrez.
From: RCA Info
Subject: First RCA RV-14
Date sent: Sunday, January 08, 2017
Hi Gentlemen and Ladies
I thought I would share with you pictures of our first completed RV-14a. The test flight was absolutely perfect, with no snags and as straight as an arrow.
The aircraft is built stock standard, utilizing as much from Van's as possible. The only thing that we did differently was to bond the canopy and use no screws. The aircraft is equipped with 2 x Dynon HDX EFIS, autopilot, 2 x Garmin Coms, etc. You will see our switch arrangement in the centre with the Otto switches and our screen printed lexan labels that glow-in-the-dark.
We are very proud of the finishes and the customer is very happy. I think it is going to be a great advertiser for all. Well done on a great kit! It is my favourite by far.
The other three on the floor are coming along very nicely as well. Business is good. Interest is high. We wish you all a Happy New Year and a prosperous one.
Regards Robin Coss
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Plot 12A Convair Rd, General Aviation Area,
Cape Town International Airport, 7525
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From: Cliff Goldstein
Subject: First flight N399EE December 30, 2016
Date sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016
After 2 years and 364 days, Our RV 14A. Took to the Colorado skies thanks to Bobbi, my wife with her support. I would not have been able to accomplish the build as quickly as we did without the help of Scott Serani, the support of his wife Jill and Art Schwarz who taught me the skills of Building.
There are a few non standard items.
Our 14 has a Superior XP 400 Built and tested by Barrett Precision Engines
A Whirl Wind 74 Prop
EFII Dual Electronic Ignition and Electronic Fuel injection by Protek
The panel has dual G3X screens GTN 650 with Garmin AP, Audio, and back up G5 AHARS.
Stein built the panel and harness which went together with few issues and great support.
Robert Paisley of Protek was incredible walking me through the new technology to make the Superior engine balanced, smooth, and as easy to start, and manage as your new car ignition system. Hot starts are a thing of the past.
As for the airplane, after barely 2 hours, she flies straight, easy to fly and lands with grace.
Finally a special thanks to Joe Blank who helped Bobbi and I choose the 14 as the best platform for our mission. We miss you Joe! Blue skies
From: Bob Vosburgh
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2016
On November 23, 2016 N990BV flew .3 hours for the first time. Nice and square, trimmed hands off with no issues. After six years of off-and-on work I upped the effort this past year and am very happy with the airplane.
The Superior XP IO-360 burned only a quarter quart of oil in the 5-hour break in, the Whirlwind 200RV functions smoothly. The panel is the nicest I've ever flown with G3X touch, GTN 625, GRT Mini for backup, AP as well as Grove Gear, EarthX battery, Aero LED lights and seats by DJ Lauritsen. Empty weight came in at 1066 lbs.
This panel blows away what we had in the F-111, AT-38 or F-16... although those were a bit more functional in a combat situation! I have more study and work to do to understand all the functionality.
My thanks to Jay Pratt, RV Central, Mike Gleason of Stein Aircraft and my friends Woody Hopler, Charlie Precourt, Don Shearer, Larry Kline and Don Johnson for their counsel.
With 10 hours on the airplane I'm starting a 20-card flight test program and look forward to a thorough shake down and POH. I still have some work to do on the fiberglas before she goes in for paint in February.
From: Arthur Brent Wenger
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Once again I've been negligent in my duties, in failing to tell Vans that I've been flying my wonderful RV7A since March of 15, and have over 200 hours on her.
Maximum thanks to Van's and John and Darryl for all their help. They cracked the whip mercilessly or I would still be working instead of flying.
My 7A serial # 71558, has a Lycon 0-360EXP, with a Hartzell CS scimitar prop. It is advertised at 180HP, but I'm certain she does better than that because of high compression pistons, and EIS electronic ignition. No way to know for sure except for the smile on my face.
I chose Dynon Skyview touch for my panel and absolutely love it.
Here are a pic, and thank you again for your wonderful airplane and support.
From: Mike Sheffer
Subject: RV-7, call sign 4X-OSM first flight
Date sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
On Dec 9, 2016 09:00 my RV-7, slow build #72339 kit, made its first flight. It was a perfect clear day at Megido airfield (LLMG), in the north of Israel. She took off after more than 11 long building years. This bird is the 4th RV built and flying in Israel, so, formation flights are under serious planning.
The maiden flight was made by Alon Kravetski a very skilled fire extinguishing pilot and was perfect. The bird is stable, no heavy wing, speedy and flying like a dream. We made additional 4 flights in that day. Just couldn't stop.
My RV equipped with Lycoming O-360 A1A engine, Dynon D-100, Garmin GTX 330 transponder and many other instruments, most of them are "steam gages" from Vans catalog Thanks to my patient family, my building pal Yonatan Barkan, and of course to Vans and all the employees over there that made a perfect design and wonderful kit. I had long enjoyable time building my RV. The next RV will certainly follow.
From: Wayne Runyon
Date sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Another RV12 takes flight in Canada on December 4th, 2016
C-GWRO Serial # 120801 was built by Wayne Runyon and his son Greg. This was a fantastic father -son project with excellent support of wife/mother. We are first time builders but found the Kit Assembly Instructions for the RV12 to be excellent. We took advantage of the "Homebuilthelp" videos as well as several blogs to assist us on our journey. Members of local EAA flight 154 were very supportive and encouraging. We received RV12 transition training from Plane Guys Aviation in Waupaca, Wi.
RV12 Serial No 120801
Engine - Rotax 912 ULS
Prop - Sensenich
Instrumentation - Dynon Skyview, Garmin GTR 200
Optional Kits - Lighting, Auto Pilot Servos, Skyview AP Knob Panels
Greg did the maiden flight at our home base at Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on December 4, 2016 as per Vans Flight Test proceedures and she flew beautifully
From: Charles Mifsud
Subject: First Flight of 41376 (RV-10)
Date sent: Monday, December 12, 2016
Thank you to van and staff for a great aircraft RV10 41376 took flight on 10 of December 2016 after 2.5 years building it flew beautifully straight and level hands and feet off do not have to adjust anything.
Subject: RV-14A SERIAL NO.140194
Date sent: Friday, December 09, 2016
Van's, Dynon, and AFS Support Teams,
RV-14A Serial No.140194 has just completed Phase I flight testing at the Leeward Air Ranch in Ocala, Florida.
It was a blast to build and even better to fly. It's headed to the Hawk paint shop in Tampa early next week.
My sincere thanks to the support teams at Van's (Sterling, Gus, et al), Dynon, (Mike and David) and Advanced Flight Systems (Rob and Jeffrey) for all the help provided. This is my forth RV and I'm thinking seriously about another one. Ya just can't keep an RV builder down.
Robert L. (Lindy) Shambaugh
9220 SE 72 Ave.
Ocala, FL 34472
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Van's RV8A Bld No 80120 Australian Registration VH-ERD had its first flight on Saturday last. yes I have the grin !. Engine Lycoming IO 360 200 hp angle valve with 72" Hartzell CS prop, Dynon Skyview 10" with garmin eara 500 and steam gauges as back up , also has an Infinity stik grip.
Subject: first flight for RV12 N4560 Larry stevens, Mulino Or.
Date sent: Friday, December 09, 2016
Sorry, I late in notifying you that my RV 12 flew on May 18, 2016. I had my good friend Jerry Vangrusven complete the first flight. After that I had Jerry complete the check time for me as per my insurance company. Since then, I have logged about 20 hours of flight time in the RV. It flys wonderful and having a great time flying around Oregon.
From: Chris Goodworth
Subject: VH-FZC First Flight Report
Date sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Our RV-7A registered VH-FZC (named 'UP&aWA') took to the sky for the first time on 19 November 2016 at Serpentine airfield Western Australia (YSEN). What a day!
I owe my wife Fiona a big public thank-you and many a weekend away. It's impossible to fully repay her, but I'll try! Without support these things don't happen and she gave it in bucketloads.
Thanks also to the people who helped with all the small things and process steps that are required to commission and certify the aircraft ahead of first flight. Rob Montgomery, Bo Hannington and Colin Morrow continue to be fantastic friends and mentors. I've learnt a lot. Thanks also to my parents who visited to help out on numerous occasions and my mate Mark Biggs who gave up quite a number of weekends to buck the big sequences of rivets with me.
A great product thanks to the team members at Van's Aircraft. I look forward to operating her safely for many years to come.
Construction Duration: 6yrs 4months (Std. Kit)
Engine: Lycoming YIO-360-M1B
Prop: Hartzell BA CS
Instrumentation: Stein Dual 10" Dynon Skyview Touch incl. autopilot and a Dynon D2 back-up.
Radios: Garmin GTR200 plus a Dynon back-up Comm
Other: Dynon break-out panels (a/p, knob, intercom) an integrated carbon monoxide detector and some device charging points complete the panel.
Interior: Classic Aero
Paint: Scheme Designers for the spec, but brought to life by Josh Corbett Spray Painting
From: Thomas Lombardi
Subject: Another RV7A flying
Date sent: Monday, December 05, 2016
I just wanted to inform you guys and gals that another RV7A has been born, my first flight was on Sunday December 5, flight duration was 1 hour. I'm a three time offender and want to say thanks for such a great kit and support.
Builder #73082 N74L
Camp Verde, Arizona.
From: Don Prosise
Subject: 1st Flight
Date sent: Monday, December 05, 2016
Hello all at Van's,
N848DP, an RV-8A, flew for the first time on Nov. 30, 2016. She has an IO-360 with 10:1 pistons, 74" Blended airfoil Hartzell, Dynon 100/120 with 2 axis autopilot, Garmin SL30 & Transponder. With 4.5 pounds of lead in the tail still came in at 1117.4 lbs. Empty with just me puts my at the forward CG limit. 5 gallons .03 behind. She flies straight and climbs and cruises fast. Sadly, eventually, her 16 year old sister in the back ground or her will probably have to go make someone else happy. Going to be a tough choice.
From: Mike Dykstra
Subject: First Flight RV-7
Date sent: Friday, December 02, 2016
I thought I'd drop a not to let you know that kit #73547 made its first flight as an airplane on November 14, 2016.
RV-7 slow build took 7 1/2 years to complete. The engine is an ECI IOX-370. MT constant speed prop and Garmin G3X avionics. Paint will come later.
Thanks go to my unbelievably patient wife, my son John (and his riveting skills), daughters Libby, Han, Mick and Cass; Dale DenBesten, Matt Harris, Roger Martin, Bill Gill, Richard White and many others all who either helped, advised or encouraged me along.
Thanks for a great kit and the marvelous support!
From: Bill Alder/Nancy Marshall
Subject: First Flight TeenFlight Campbell River
Date sent: Saturday, November 19, 2016
TeenFlight Campbell River - first flight of our RV-12 with Chris Fordham at the controls. This aircraft was completed by our group of students and mentors over a two year period. We cannot thank Ted Millar enough for introducing us to TeenFlight, and supporting us all the way. This is an incredible way to encourage teenagers to get involved in aviation. This program now has students from all the High Schools in Campbell River, 17 of them now building the second RV-12. The program is revitalizing aviation in Campbell River; we now have an annual fly-in. This years Wings 'n' Wheels event will be July 17th. We would love to see lots of Vans airplanes. This aircraft is now for sale to fund the next one.
The website for TeenFlight Campbell River is www.TeenFlight.ca The avionics include the Dynon Skyview system with ADSB, transponder/encoder, ELT and a Garmin Comm. The engine is the Rotax 912 ULS with the Sensenich propeller. This is an amateur built aircraft in Canada but conforms to the LSA category in the USA. It is currently listed on Barnstormers, Trade a Plane, Controller and www.sealandaviation.com.
From: Robert Young
Subject: First Flight RV-3B
Date sent: Saturday, November 05, 2016
RV-3B N33EY s.n. 11354 was completed and flown on Nov 3, 2016. Performance with 160 hp O-320 was beyond expectation! Thanks to Van for one sweet design.
Robert Young, builder/owner
First flight of N33EY RV-3B sn11354 took place on Nov 03, 2016. What a thrill! The airplane exceeded all my expectations. It reminded me of my first flight in the F-16. Acceleration and climb were awesome! The airplane is setup for Day VFR with GRT EIS and Sport EFIS, with backup airspeed and altimeter.
Empty wt 810
engine 160 hp O-320H2AD
Catto 2-blade prop
PPG Delfleet Essential single stage polyurethane GMC Olympic white and gloss black
All lettering/insignia vinyl stick-on
Thanks to Woods Aviation for the paint and vinyl finish. Thanks to Van for one sweet design.
From: Wade Burnette
Subject: flight announcment
Date sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Hello to the people at Vans Aircraft!
I just wanted to let you know, (a lot late) that my little Yellow Bird is flying. (RV-12 440WB) First flight was March 1 2016.
This was my first try at building an airplane. I did all the work with just a little assistance for moving large pieces. It was all done, except for paint and final assembly, in my 20'x24' home shop. It is a great kit, a great performer, and a fun plane to fly.and numbers
Thanks to EAA friend Steve Redding for the Paint, Excel signs for the stripes. Thanks to long time friend and Mechanic Rick Pahnke, for volunteering to do the first and test flights and getting this rusty pilot back in the air.
EAA chapter 1047
attached are pictures of the plane, my wife and me on her first ride.
From: Michael Mccoy
Subject: First Flight RV8 80688
Date sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
RV-8 N256MM First Flight 19 October 2016!
On October 3rd 2013, I purchased Kit #80688 from a third party that had it crated and stored in a hangar for several years. With extensive help and guidance from Ed "The Crazy Cuban" Santiago and John "JD" Alvarez, over a three year period, RV-8 N256MM took to the air with the greatest of ease on 19 October 2016. The Crazy Cuban's skill and craftsmanship of 60+ years in the aviation industry made the first flight flawless! What a machine Van's designs! Thanks again Ed and John for the three years of outstanding support and work!
Equipment includes: 200HP IO-360 (C1D6), Hartzell Blended Foil prop. Empty weight 1118lbs. This baby is a rocket!!!!!!!!!
Shout outs need to go to: Vajdos Aviation, Anderson Aviation, Julicher Aviation, Markline, and most of all my loving wife Heather "Jump'r" McCoy who said just go do this and have fun! Thank You all. Lets Go Flying!!!!!!
From: Colin Noseworthy
Subject: First flight RV-10 41070
Date sent: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Hi guys and gals at Van's,
On 22 Oct 2016 RV-10 41070 made it's first flight. The flight went off without a hitch. It was planned for 45 minutes that stretched into 1.5 hours because I didn't want to land. This aircraft was built by my wife, Gina, and I over the course of 20 months then we had to wait over 3 months for the paperwork and inspections to catch up. Gina was more than an enabler and supporter. She was the primary riveter while I backed up the job with the bucking bar. We were able to pick registration letters that fit this project nicely, C-GNCX, Gina's -N- Colin's Ten.
Our RV-10 is equipped with a mostly stock Aerosport Power IO-540 engine with CPI ignition from Ross at Racetech and a Whirlwind RV-10 prop that we had custom painted to match our planned paint scheme. The interior contains about every product made by Aerosport Products including their carbon fiber symmetrical panel that houses 2 Advanced Flight Systems AF-5600 panels from Rob. In my opinion the Aerosport items simply have no equal in fit and finish. Everything is wired and cut to allow easy installation if an IFD-540 sold by AFS but I could not convince my wife that I couldn't live without it for a while. The center of the panel has a Guardian Avionics dock for an iPad mini running Foreflight. I can flight plan at home, pick up the plan over the cellular network and wirelessly upload it to the AFS panels. It's pretty slick.
In all, we couldn't be happier with the choices we made and I can't wait for this aircraft to become our getaway machine. Living in a semi-remote Northern location it's nice to be able to go South with speed, comfort and style. Thanks to Van's for such a great design, all the vendors mentioned above and, of course, special thanks to my wife, Gina, for being there pounding rivets and mixing epoxy along side me every step of the way.
From: Bruce Brielmaier
Subject: First Flight, N837DW
Date sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
N837DW First Flight
On October 4th 2016, N837DW, Kit #83137 took to flight at 12:04pm, KHAO.
The flight lasted just over one hour, and the only noteworthy occurrence was the first flight for this aircraft.
Having sold my first RV-8, construction began in December 2014 after delivery of the slow build fuselage. The major components remained the same. I added a few minor upgrades to this build, like Grove Gear and Vernier prop & mixture controls.
From: Ron Walker
Date sent: Monday, October 17, 2016
Saturday Oct 15 2016 saw the first flight of yet another RV10. Serial number 40427 was started in June of 2005 and received the airworthiness certificate from the FAA on October 12 2016. It's powered by a Lycoming O-540 A1D5 spinning a Hartzell constant speed propeller. First flight saw all temps on the warm side, but still well within the green. I kept the first flight to 30 minutes, then landed to remove the cowl and check things over. Everything was still right where it should be. Looking forward to a quick 25 hour Phase 1 fly off !
Airworthy, but by no means complete ;o)
N820TX @ 40XS
From: Melinda Harrill
Subject: First Flight of my RV-7!
Date sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
My RV-7, serial #72691, flew its first flight on the morning of October 11, 2016 with a woman driver (pilot)! I'm happy to say it's fast & fun (like all RVs), and powered with a Barrett IO-360-X with Airflow Performance Fuel Injection, Whirlwind 200RV prop, and Garmin G3X Touch and GTN 750, it is very capable! My husband flew chase in his 14-year-old RV-6 and shared the grin after the flight!
Thank you to Van, all the employees there, the Seagers, Stein & his bunch (especially Christer!), Allen & Rhonda Barrett, Don & Colleen Rivera (AFP), the Garmin guys, James Clark, my husband Ken), and all who supported me over the years!
From: Rob Dobney
Subject: First Flight; RV8 G-DOBS
Date sent: Friday, October 07, 2016
After 8 years and 11 months, Vans RV8 quick build G-DOBS took to the skies at Gloucestershire Airport in the UK on September 20th 2016. It has IO-360 with MT 3 Blade Prop, Classic Aero Interior and analogue panel.
She flew perfectly bar a minor rudder trim adjustment. Flight testing is almost complete then on to the aerobatic sign off. A huge thanks to Will Butler for his efforts and Phil Mathews for carrying out the first flight.
From: BARRY BERNSTEIN
Subject: First Flight Report
Date sent: Monday, October 03, 2016
RV12 ELSA N12BB made its first flight today, October 3, 2016. As is typical of Van's Aircraft, the plane was a joy to fly, with a minimally heavy right wing and no other squawks to speak of. Empty weight with wheel fairings, Dynon Skyview, autopilot, ADSB, control knob/autopilot panels, and a full interior was 758 pounds. Build time was approximately 560 hours over 5 months.
Special thanks to Synergy Air for the "quick built" kit that provided a jump start to my project. Their workmanship was outstanding! I'd also like to thank members of EAA chapter 18 for ongoing guidance at many key points along the way. Most importantly, thank you to my wonderful wife, who made the journey not only possible, but fun!
From: Chad Rennicke
Subject: Maiden flight
Date sent: Friday, September 30, 2016
Great day yesterday at Vance Brand Airport in Longmont Colorado. KLMO. I made my 1st flight in my RV6A, serial #20956, N824C. It was uneventful and awesome!!! My wife and I are looking forward to many years of flying in it. Thanks for a great kit and support.
From: Ron Karr
Subject: 1st flight
Date sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2016
On July 6, 2016, RV-8 S/N 82486 made its' first flight -- fast, straight and true as these seem to usually be.
This RV-8 is a stock slow-build kit assembled with ease and pleasure over 2,040 hours of build time and ten years. It weighs 1066 pounds, and is powered by a Van's supplied YIO360-M1B and Hartzell constant speed prop. The aircraft is equipped for day/night VFR utilizing a Dynon SkyView system with assocated comm, GPS, transponder, heated pitot with AOA, intercom, and 2-axis autopilot. The seats are by Oregon Aero. A Dynon D-1 is installed for SkyView back-up.
From: Glider Guider
Subject: First flight RV10
Date sent: Friday, September 23, 2016
N10840 (Glamorous Glenys) took to the air from Apex Airpark in Washington on Sept 9th 2016 Powered by a fuel injected IO540 and guided by Garmin G3x with 3 axis autopilot, ADSB and all the bells and whistles, she took off like a homesick angel. Test pilot Ron Vandervort, with 1700 hrs of RV6 time logged, was impressed. Trim was perfect, we were off the ground half way down the 2500' x28' runway with ease. Owner/Builder Ian McFall took the left seat but Ron made the take-off and landing at Bremerton International.
Picture shows Camera operator Carol Vandervort, Test Pilot Ron Vandervort, Builder Ian McFall, and chase plane (Hyperbipe) pilot Wayne Sergeant
The tail cone kit was delivered late August 2014. Thanks to all my CAP glider program cadets Keenan Boudon, Nathan Boudon, Joe Buxton, Garrett Stanley, Christian Stanley, Jacson Odette and Dillon Bumgarden. Also to friends, the Stanleys, the Burgans, the Bernerts, Jeff Kerr, and Chris Raymaker. Special thanks to Woody Woodbury for teaching me so much and to Hal Beattie for keeping me sane on days I was about to take a chain saw to it and to nephew Nick and Stuart who made it all possible
PIC's follow subject N10840
From: Harald Roen
Subject: First Flight for Black Magic 03 september 2016
Date sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016
After 16 years of building, designing, creating and just having pure joy while doing it, it was time for LN-FRV to slip the surly bonds of Earth, and if not touch the face of God LN-FRV really touched me! Some facts: It flew fabulous; it has a FADEC Lycoming IOF-360 A1B6 210 HP, Whirlwind propeller, empty weight a bit on the heavy side with its 1160 lb, 2 alternator 24 Volts systems, IFR equipped. Climbs like a rocket.
I would really like to thank my bride Elisabeth for holding on, all our 5 kids, and a super special thanks to my tech-counselor, my uncle Bjřrnar Vollstad, for all his help. He has always been keen to come over to help out. He has done this before in 1991 with his RV-4 LN-BJV.
A special thanks to my cousin and co-owner Řystein Vollstad, who started the dream with me. Thanks my friend!!
And to all people that has helped and supported me..THANKS!
Vans, you nailed it with the RV-8!!!!
Bstrg regards and still smiling
From: Charles Eastlake
Subject: First flight report
Date sent: Friday, September 16, 2016
I made the first flight of my RV-12, N614CE, on Sunday, 9/11/16. It went as smoothly as anyone could have asked for. Second flight was 9/15/16 and went equally well despite weather too poor for anything except trips around the pattern. The serious flight test data taking will start as soon as the weather improves but initial familiarization tests show that stall speed and cruise speed are right where they should be, the control feel is very pleasant, and takeoff and landing distances seem shorter than I expected. The feeling of builder satisfaction is pretty significant, though I don't have a grin photo to prove it. A photo of the plane is attached.
From: Ron Belliveau
Subject: RV-14A first flight
Date sent: Saturday, September 10, 2016
C-GLEP Kit # 140018 flew for the first time on Aug. 27 , 2016. I do believe to be the first in Canada. As soon as I lifted off I could have let go of the controls as there was no heavy wing and both trims were dead on. My aircraft is pretty much stock other than a gascolator (Thanks Canada) and insulating the firewall (thanks Dan Horton). I did upgrade to the throttle quadrant (thanks Tim Olson) and after transition training in the factory ship I'm glad I did the upgrade. I had previously built an RV-10 and loved the way it flew and was hoping for similar results in the RV-14A. The jury is not fully out yet but I'm leaning towards thinking I like the RV-14A better than the 10. Coming in for a landing in turbulent weather, when you slow the airspeed down to 80 kts. this craft just floats right in ever so smoothly. Completed my 25 hr. airtime test phase on Sept. the fifth with only having to reseal # four head gasket for a small leak and of coarse an oil change.
From: Bill Marvel
Subject: First flight ops normal
Date sent: Thursday, September 08, 2016
Many of you weren't aware I have been building an RV-14A for the past two and a half years. My wife actually asked me to do this as she wanted more room, better heat and an instrument panel, all of which are lacking in our RV-8A. That has been Job One for me and has been a great experience. It is my third build, my second Van's aircraft and surprisingly easy given the quality of the newer style plans and drawings they employ.
I flew the aircraft for the first time just after dawn today. All went well for the 30 minute flight. At 6500 feet MSL (1700 feet AGL) it was still cool enough for me to get 78% power and all CHTs remained well below 400 the entire time. The angle valve IO-390 engine apparently cools much better than does the parallel valve version as in my -8A where I saw 450 degrees CHT during break in flights.
I noticed the oil temp was higher than I expected at 210, in part because of break in but also because the IO-390 engine has piston squirts that carry piston heat into the oil. I suspect for that reason the oil temp will always be higher than in the O-360 in my RV-8A.
Had a few minor squawks, all fixed now. Will put several hours on the plane tomorrow, mainly letting the autopilot fly it straight and level for more engine break in. That will give me time to learn more about all the electronic wizardry. Once I'm happy with the engine I'll get more into flight dynamics -- stalls, steep turns, minimum controllable airspeed, slow flight, performance at different power settings and altitudes etc. Then comes learning all the RNAV stuff built into the Dynon and Garmin boxes.
I have to fly 40 hours for Phase I testing so there is plenty of time for me to climb the learning curve of the new avionics. Reading about it in a book is one thing; actually operating it and seeing in color and real time what happens is something else.
From: Alan Carlisle
Subject: First Flight RV14A Serial No 149. Registered VH - XIV
Date sent: Friday, September 09, 2016
With great joy and excitement we wish to announce the first flight of our RV14A on Monday 5th September 2016 - Serial number 149. Australian registered VH-XIV (XIV is Roman numerals for number 14 - just in case you didn't get it, we think it's a cute call sign).
It was a husband and wife project, although Suzanne reminds me that she set 85% of all the rivets therefore correctness requires me to say it was a wife (boss) and husband (bucking bar partner) project. We commenced in April 2-14 and worked pretty much 6 days a week, 6 hours per day and tallied 2589 hours in the build. Our only delays were waiting for Van's to keep up in their kit manufacture (being the latest model I suppose you have to expect that).
A special thanks must go to the Support Team at Van's who were very patient and helpful even if they did have trouble understanding Australian grammar at times. We used version 0 plans for the best part and found occasionally some minor issues and the Support team and Engineering section were great and we even helped in some version updates - that is a great partnership relationship. Can't recommend the Van's team too much.
Now the aircraft; We etched, alodined and epoxied the interior and our weight came in at 1288lbs (our hanger is 200 metres from the sea). The instrument panel comprises entirely Garmin products. Twin Touch G3X EFIS, GTN 650 GPS, GTX-33 W/ES Transponder, GTN 240 audio, Garmin roll and pitch A/P., VPX circuit breakers, TCW back up battery. Lycoming YIO 390 matched to a Hartzell 74"prop.
The only glitch so far is we did not check the pre load the nose wheel bearing immediately before first flight and we got some nasty nose wheel oscillations on first landing, quickly fixed.
Thanks go to Col Crittenden our teacher and coach for the first 24 hours of our build and to Trevor Mills who was kind enough to conduct the proving flight and transition training.
Robin Coss Aviation in South Africa recently sent us some pics of their most recent RV completions. An RV-7A, RV-8 and RV-10 completed to a very high standard in their Cape Town facility.
They are presently working on four RV-14As, as well as more RV-10s, 7s and 9s, so we hope to see more completion pictures soon. Robin commented: "I must commend you on the RV-14. It is a fantastic kit. It is leaps ahead of any other aircraft and the degree of accuracy is astounding." Coss Aviation has constructed many different kit aircraft, not only RVs, so praise from them is very gratifying. Congratulations to Robin and his team for their high class work.
From: Charles Price
Subject: First flight G-CIWB (20504)
Date sent: Friday, September 02, 2016
After two years of construction my RV-6, registration G-CIWB, took to the air on 16 August in the capable hands of RV4 owner Adrian Brook, and what a wonderful sight it was too. I purchased the part built project in Arizona just before my 23rd birthday and proceeded to have the kit shipped back to the UK. The wings and tail had very nearly been completed by the previous builder, so my main tasks were construction of the fuselage, wiring, plumbing, canopy, engine installation and all things fibreglass, with my very first job having been construction of a jig for this very early slow build fuselage.
Thankfully, when weighed the aircraft came out very light and as a result I could not be happier with the performance as we are regularly seeing 144kias at 2300rpm, and yet having a stall speed of only 43kias! The aircraft is powered by a Lycoming O320 B3B (160hp) with a Sensenich fixed pitch propeller. The interior was done by Classic Aero who did a wonderful job.
Clearly a huge amount of thanks must go to many people without whom I wouldn't be writing this now, but special mention must go to Alistair Stenhouse (builder of RV6 G-CHFI) for invaluable advice, Vans customer support who were simply superb throughout, and of course my family for endless support. This has been such a fantastic experience I simply can't wait to start building another RV. The only question that remains is, which one?
From: Charles Stobbart
Subject: RV-9A ZU-IXA kit No 91018
Date sent: Sunday, August 07, 2016
RV-9A kit 91018 shipped from Van's 10.25.2004, arrived in South Africa December 2004. Work started December 2007 and proceeded slowly till 'life got in the way' and the aircraft was finally completed in July 2016. 5 years after retirement. In the interim I helped a friend complete his RV-9 QB (3 years in my workshop) during this time I purchased an RV-10 from the estate of a friend and spent another year (1300 hours) rebuilding the aircraft to my personal standards. The RV-10 is an AWESOME machine.
ZU-IXA finally took to the air on Thursday 4 August 2016 with all temps and pressures in the green on the new (in 2004) Lycoming O-320. The aircraft has a 160 HP Lycoming, Garmin G3X Touch single screen and Garmin stack including GMA 240 audio panel, SL 30 Nav/Comm and GTX 327 transponder. Second Comm is an Icom A 210 and TruTrack Digiflight 2 autopilot.
As usual, thanks to Van's for a wonderful kit. To my wife Maureen for her support and the occasional push to get me going again.
The RV-9 series are (in my opinion) Van's best kept secret. Running in at 1500ft with 80% power (Garmin readout) 26" MAP and 2550 RPM, the aircraft indicates 155 Kts. Not too shabby for an aircraft with the gear welded down. Unfortunately it burns fuel at RV-10 cruise rates doing this.
Next project: RV-9 QB No 91983 waiting patiently in the hangar. This will be my last homebuilt. I Think.
From: Myra Bugbee
Subject: First Flight Report N199MJ RV14A
Date sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
N199MJ -- Up, Up, and Away
On July 26, 2016 at 8:38 am EDT, N199MJ flew for the first time. The IO 390 purred like a kitten. At 75% power on a 95 degree day, the highest engine temp was 381 degrees. The RV14A is comfortable, flies smooth, feels solid, and is very responsive to control input. We flew almost 4 hours on the first day. THANK YOU to Nathan Rigaud of Two Bums Aircraft, Inc. in Sebastian, FL for all his assistance and expertise that helped get to this incredible day!!
Fly, Learn, Mentor, Inspire
Myra Bugbee and Roger Hirschbein
From: Sam Valadez
Subject: First flight N279RV
Date sent: Monday, July 25, 2016
After 15 years 3 months and 21 days, it's finally flying!!! I remember thinking when I got the tail kit that I would be done in 2-3 years. Well life has a way of getting in the way! The biggest thing that set me back was I was duped into putting a Eggenfellner Subaru engine on the plane. I had it running and ready for prop installation when I caught wind that there were multiple gear box failures with the engine and a mandatory gear box replacement service bulletin and Eggenfellner had gone out of business! I bit the bullet and scrapped the Subaru engine and bought a Lycoming which required me to completely rewire the entire engine compartment and instruments. I'm so thankful that I switched to Lycoming!!!
Thanks to my friends and family for all you help, love and support! Also a big THANKS to my BFF Joe Thalman ex F-16 fighter pilot, experimental builder and United airline pilot for helping me get her flying and doing the initial test flight! She flew completely hands off with no bad tendencies and is a complete pleasure to fly!
She has an Lycoming O-320-D1A spinning a Hartzell constant speed prop and is equipped with auto pilot, electric trim, Dynon Skyview as primary instruments and Grand Rapids as backup with no steam gauges. She weighs in at 1070 lbs. empty.
Thanks Vans for all the support and for answering all of my questions and explain things sometimes two and three times! What a GREAT flying Airplane!!!!
From: Rich Elb
Subject: 1st flight today
Date sent: Friday, July 22, 2016
To all of you that helped me get here, especially Suzanne who spent many hours with me bucking rivets, handing me tools, deburring sharp metal pieces, and just helping me with my sanity through this ordeal.
3 year 2 months and my baby flew for the first time this morning. !.5 hr flight with no issues. Fly's like a Ferrari! Fast, responsive, straight and can it ever corner!!! Got it up to 165 knots (190 miles per hour).
Wow, worth every hour spent on it.
Have to fly 40 hours solo and then can take Suzy with me for some serious travel.
Subject: First Flight RV-10 (N319BC SN 40102)
Date sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016
On July 14, 2016 @ 1414z N319BC made its first flight. Total flight time was 45 minutes. Serial #40102 was started on November 10, 2003 and was completed on May 30, 2016. The airworthiness certificate was issued on June 23, 2016.
Lycoming IO-540-C4B5 250 HP
Dynon 10" & 7" Skyview
Fl-760 x2 radios
Alpha Systems Eagle AOA
Thanks to everyone at Vans for developing such an incredible flying machine and thanks to my wife, Fida for having the patients to see this project to completion.
From: Andrew Peterson
Subject: RV10 Finished
Date sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016
VH-MWG based at Jandakot (Perth, Western Australia) had its first flight on June 30, 2016. Despite a very low-key affair several guys came out from their hangars to celebrate afterwards with a beer. The QB kit was built in a speedy 27 months and boasts most aftermarket goodies to elevate the finish. Dual G3X Touch screens and a GTN650 form the backbone of the avionics. The Garmin stuff was really a pleasure to work with and it is cool having ADSB out and in (only the poor man's AC to AC version here in Australia). Comes out at 1683lb empty. There really was nothing too difficult on the build that could not be worked out with several other brains. We really are lucky that Vans can put together such a precision kit for great value and the result is something that outperforms most certified aircraft - and built by someone who did not know what a cleco was over 3 years ago!
From: Wally Johnson
Date sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Here is a video, after test flight with Blackhawks in the background. My wife and I started build April of 14 to test flight on December 17 of 15. We also did the paint. Stein panel, Power sport IO 382 engine.
Whirlwind prop, and Cassic aero interior. Great aircraft!!! Builder # 71064.
This is my 2 RV to build. First was a RV 4 back in 1992 .
From: Harry Deloach
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016
N68HJ was flown on April 26, 2016. the fuselage had to make a return trip from West Tn back to Vans after ABF trashed the firewall. It took about 27 months to complete. It flys great, rigging was perfect. It has a Lyc 320. fuel injected, with 2 E mags. prop is a fixed pitch Sensenich. Panel is all Garmin,G3X, Com radio, Transponder, Audio pannel, stand alone auto pilot controller 307. Thanks to my buddy Gary, this is our 4th airplane to build together.
From: Richard Dickison
Subject: RV-12 #120729 N312RD First Flight
Date sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016
On June 11th Mike Seager took N312RD on it's first flight; after which, he flew Phase 1 fly-off. Reportedly, the plane flew "perfect"....all temps and trim A-okay.
Following Phase 1 fly-off (completed the following day), I was able to complete my transition training....and on Monday the 13th, I got to take N312RD up myself...see attached picture.
This has been a dream come true. After 3 years of building in my garage; some 43 years after flying in the Military....I'm finally back above the earth. Much thanks goes to my understanding wife Sandy and neighbors, who occasionally helped lifting things to heavy just for me alone.
Here is that RV grin.....Van's, you and your crew rock??
From: Dick Bangsund
Subject: First Flight
Date sent: Thursday, June 16, 2016
June 15,2016, first flight 1,000th RV12 kit takes to air.I started kit Sept. 1st 2015 so you can see it took a little over 8 months not counting FAA approval.Plane weighs 743 pounds and I did paint job thanks to Rudy's approval to copy. Van's kit was first class quality, and a pleasure to build!
From: Rob W
Subject: 9A First Flight
Date sent: Saturday, June 18, 2016
After 4 years, 9 months, 19 days; and in between having two kids, and a house renovation, I finally finished my RV. I flew the first flight was on the 26th March at Cessnock, NSW, and other than a few EMS alarms that were a little conservative, and the expected warm-running engine, the flight went perfectly, with only the slightest skip on landing. Despite careful planning, I still managed to forget to turn on the GoPro before takeoff though...
My RV, named Aurora Australis, is registered as an "ultralight" in Australia, one of only two on the RAAus register, and though it does limit payload significantly, it meets my requirements perfectly at present and can be upgraded to full capability later. Empty weight is 981 Lbs with a derated (165HP) ECI OX-340S, Sensenich ground-adjustable prop, single-screen - for now - Skyview system and an interior I sewed myself. The only unique thing about my RV is that I have set it up to fly from the RHS and I have installed an automotive dash-camera on the rollbar as an event recorder. She appears to meet the book figures, though with only 15 hours flown so far testing is ongoing to determine the best performance.
The plane was genuinely enjoyable to build, and less than a half-dozen calls to the lads in Tech Support (BIG thanks fella's) reflect the quality of the kit, and the Factory's skill in designing a kit that an everyday bloke can finish and fly. It wasn't until I was putting the plane to bed after the first flight that the RV grin *really* started.
From: Tim Olson
Subject: RV14 N14YT first flight
Date sent: Friday, June 17, 2016
Hi all, I got the first flight on my RV 14A model today. It's got the standard Iowa - 390 from Van's, weighed in at 1309 pounds, and I have the longer of the two propellers that are offered for this model. The panel was built exactly the same way as my RV10 N104CD to make it easier for my wife and daughter to use both airplanes.
The first flight was very very good. There were no high temperatures, and no squawks of any kind. The airplane flew very well, had great performance despite the lack of wheel fairings, and landed very easily.
It was a long road, but flying a brand-new RV is always enough to make a person grin!
RV14 kit 140032
Flight date 6/17/2016
Tim at MyRV10.com
From: Karl Richcreek
Subject: First Flight RV-8 N151TK
Date sent: Friday, June 17, 2016
After 7 ˝ years of building, I received the Airworthiness Certificate for my RV-8, "La Otra Chica", on August 12, 2015. First flight was on August 14th and she flew straight as an arrow. The RV grin is alive and well!! She flew naked for almost a year until she was painted in May 2016 at GLO Custom in TX and the nose art was provided by Victory Girl in CA. The paint scheme mirrors my all-time favorite aircraft, the F4U Corsair, and this particular one is hanging in the Udvar-Hazy museum in Washington DC. Grady at GLO took a bunch of pictures and turned them into reality.
I have to thank my wife and number one fan Traci. Without her support there is no way this project would have been started or let alone finished. I also have to thank all the members of EAA-1099 in VA that helped with the final assembly. Transition training was provided by Mike Seager in OR. Thanks also to all the members of VansAirforce who knowingly or unknowingly provided a whole lot of ideas and a whole lot of help.
Hartzell constant speed prop
Raven inverted oil system
Inverted fuel system
Dynon HS34 Autopilot control
Dynon 2 place intercom
TruTrak Gemini standby attitude
Garmin GNC-255A Nav/Comm
Trig TT31 transponder
Flight Data Systems GD-40 CO detector
Kuntzleman triple strobe lights
Infinity stick grips
First Flight Vans RV-8, N151TK
"La Otra Chica"
From: John Davis
Subject: First Flight RV7 N907JD
Date sent: Monday, June 13, 2016
N907JD a 180 HP, CS, G3X equipped RV7 finally did on June 9, 2016 what Orville and Wilbur managed in December of 1903. Having built an 8 and a Tip up 7 previously the sliding canopy 7 struck me as the easier to build. With no paint the aircraft weighed in at 1070lb.
From: Joe arvai
Subject: RV-10 N975RV First Flight
Date sent: Saturday, June 04, 2016
Looks like I get to be the 800th RV-10 flying!
First flight on 31 May 2016. Started work on 11 Jan 2014 so less than 2.5 yrs. Built from a standard kit (#40976) total time 22,500 hrs and lots of patience on my wife's part.
Powered by a Lycoming IO-540 C4B5 engine mated to a Hartzell HC-C2YR-18FP/F8068D prop. I went with a Garmin cockpit: Two 10.6 in G3X touch displays, GSA- 28 autopilot servos operated through a GMC-305 display, a GTR 200 com radio, and a GTN 650 GPS/COM/NAV to meet IFR requirements. Additionally added a GTL 39 to receive ADS-B information as well as Garmin Pilot information. The GTL 39 is wired into the G3X display so I can look at the traffic and weather information directly. Added a backup Grand Rapids Technology GRT Mini-X display with its own battery and GPS in the event main power is lost.The com panel is a PS-Engineering PMA8000BT.
The center armrest and overhead console are by Aerosports Products and adds a lot to the interior look.
Weight came in a bit heavy at 1659 lbs, but figured that was because I did the paint myself and went heavy on coats.
As my last name is Arvai (pronounced RV) it was natural to build an RV!
From: John Clark
Subject: First flight - RV-12 120323 N6699Z based at KMPR.
Date sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016
The airplane was signed off by a team of inspectors from the Wichita MIDO on May 25. The MIDO team had just signed off on Doc, the B-29 down in Wichita, so it was an excellent week for them.
The inspector gave me a 20-hour phase 1 and a 50 mile radius.
The first flight was on May 28. It lasted about 15 minutes. The airplane and all systems performed as expected. I now have about 7 hours on the Hobbs and the airplane is a blast to fly. A bit different than my RV-9A but every bit as fun.
My thanks to Gus for helping with the MIDO requests and especially to Scott McDaniels and his sage advice often seen on Vans Air Force.
From: John Walker
Subject: RV-10 First Flight
Date sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
On Friday May 13th, after 2.5 years, I took our RV-10, N265WD, serial number 40276, into the air for the first time... Except for an oil door that popped open and some hi CHTs,the flight was a non event. It flew just like I had expected from my training with Mike Seager.
Our plane features a BPE XIO-540 with cold air sump, MT 3 blade prop, Full EFII electronic ignition and fuel injection, Showplanes cowl, Garmin G3X Dual screen avionics, Garmin GTN 650 GPS/IFR navigator, TruTrak AP, GRT Mini-X backup efis, Dual Alternator/Dual Battery redundant electrical system, full Aerosport interior, and hybrid Mountain High Oxygen system.
john at avconsulting.net
From: Stoney Ware
Subject: First Customer Built RV-14 to fly
Date sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
On April 15, 2016 N214SW, Serial # 140087 received its airworthiness certificate. For the next two days I was looking for a break in the weather and finally, Sunday morning, April 17th, there was a window. After my transition training with Mike Seager, I was confident enough to be able to put the plane on the ground safely. When you push in the throttle for the first time, you hope you did a thorough job of attaching all the parts correctly. Pucker up, let's go! Thankfully, the first flight went smoothly with a perfect landing (Isn't a landing you can walk away from - perfect?). First fight lasted almost an hour with some slow flight, turns and practice attitude for landing.
Thanks to my wife for her patience, understanding and support with my many hours spent in the garage and at the hangar. To Dennis Millsap for his expert assistance and friendship, Jason Smith at Aerotronics for a great panel and unending questions from me and to John Card at Ly-Con for a super IO-390 at 235 HP! I started October 2013 and 2 ˝ years later several well packed crates had become a plane. Thanks to my new hangar mate, Mitch for his assistance with some of the final assembly and last but not least, to the folks at Van's for all of their help.
IO-390 with dual PMags, Cylinders: Port Flow and Balanced, Stripped Paint and Alodyne Heads & Paint
Barrels, Exchange Camshaft for Perf Grind, Chrome Rocker Covers
From: Martin Rousseau
Subject: First Flight !
Date sent: Friday, May 20, 2016
On May 19, 2016 , my RV-7A C-GMYL take off for the first time, for a nice 30 min of flight. 6 years and nearly 2000h of work. I have a Dynon D-180, Garmin radio, xponder and GPS 696. The prop are a Sensenitch composite ground adjustable and the engine are a Lycoming O-360, with a carburator and the EFII electronic ignition. Seat are fom Classic AeroDesign. I have painted the aircraft myself with Stewart System paint. Wheel pants will be installed soon !
The aircraft fly straight and climb like a rocket ! Thanks to Van's for this beautiful design! Thanks to VAF forum for all the help ! Thanks to my wife and daughter for supporting me and my crasy dream. Thanks to all my friend who have help me during the last 6 years and also thanks to Gaétan and Luc who pass over my house with his RV-6 and RV-8 while i'm building for the motivation !!!
From: David Wiley
Subject: Finished RV-8
Date sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
First flight was September 8, 2014. After one year of aluminum, the paint job was done in September 2015. Performance is everything I hoped it would be. Finally stopped flying long enough to write an email. It has a TM XIO- 360M1B. Grove landing gear. Currently flying VFR only with a Skyview and Garmin 396. Thanks to my wife and family for their patience over 10 years. Thanks to Vans for a wonderful kit. See you at Oshkosh.
From: Milbern Adams
Subject: Recent flight of N80609(same as serial number) tur
Date sent: Monday, May 16, 2016
Recent flight of N80609(same as serial number) turning final runway 34 KAWO (home base). Received airworthiness certificate March 11, 2016.
40 hours flown off May 8,2016. Lycoming 180 m1 b fuel injection, Hartzel constant speed. Dynon 10 in skyview with autopilot. Mountain high oxygen permanent install. Paint reservation at Glo Custom. Much thanks to Terry Burch, the RV EXPERT. Second photo to follow.
From: Bill Vinson
Subject: RV-7 S/N 74171
Date sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
After a delay of 6 weeks for various reasons N321BV took flight today for the first time! Flight characteristics were flawless. The Skyview system all worked perfectly. I did note some roughness from the Electronic Ignition nhad have been in contact with Electro Air on possible resolution.
I wanted to let you know that N321BV, RV-7 S/N 74171 received its Special Airworthiness Certificate today!! The maiden flight will take place soon when schedules and weather are coordinated.