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Old 06-18-2017, 09:46 AM
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Default First flight for C-FIJT

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.

Steinbach (CJB3), Manitoba, Canada
Kitfox IV (C-GIKV)
Van's RV-7A (C-FIJT)
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:11 AM
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Congrats! Good luck with the flight test program. Fly safe, and have fun.
Kevin Horton
Ottawa, Canada
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:16 PM
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Location: Worland, Wyoming
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Congratulations! Nice video as well!
Jereme Carne
RV-7A Emp. done
Wings mostly done
Working on Fuselage
Finish kit on order
Exempt but gladly paying!
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:10 PM
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Congrats! You beat me; my girl's SN is 74152. Nice bird!
Bill Bencze
N430WB (reserved) RV-7 #74152, tip-up. Engine is in the house!
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:44 PM
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Congrats! You're gonna love that plane. Do a complete test program and make a detailed POH. The process will get the two of you well acquainted. Enjoy.

RV7A Flying
O-360-A1F6 (parallel valve) 180HP
Dual P-mags
Precision F.I. with AP purge valve
Vinyl Wrapped Exterior
Grand Rapids EFIS
Located in western Canada
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:19 PM
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Default Nicely done

Congratulaitons and nice timeline only three year build!

Hope to join you this year with mine.

Dave Cobb
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Empennage RV 7 - Tipper
Wings complete

Fuse nearing completion, Canopy complete
AME reviewed and repaired O-320-Lyc installed
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Old 06-20-2017, 10:50 AM
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Location: La Sarre, Québec, Canada
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Thumbs up Congrats !!

Good Job ! Nice to see another Canadian RV !!!

The fleet grow up, it's fun !
Martin "Closterman" Rousseau
Piper Cherokee C-FEYI (sold)
RV-7A C-GMYL Status : FLYING with perpetual RV Grin!!!
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:52 PM
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Default Congrats!


I'm jealous of your 3 year time frame. Five years in, and I'm still on the emp.

I'll get there and join you in the southern Manitoba skies!

Shamit Bal
Working on empennage but the wing kit has been received.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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