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Old 05-06-2017, 08:24 AM
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Default First Flight, N917PB on 5/5/17

After almost 14 months since opening that first empennage crate, it flies!! We all believe that it will really happen, but until that first flight, it's just an expensive conversation piece. Thanks to everyone on this forum for the sound advice and counsel. On that first climb to altitude....well, that's a feeling I will never forget. I will have to let Van's know that SN 120971 is out of the nest! First Flight on YouTube


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Old 05-06-2017, 08:34 AM
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Congratulation Paul.....a real accomplishment. Something to enjoy for a long time!
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Old 05-06-2017, 11:05 AM
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Very happy for you sir...
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:28 PM
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Great news, congrats! Great feeling, isn't it?
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Old 05-06-2017, 02:04 PM
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Congratulations, Paul!
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Old 05-06-2017, 02:54 PM
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Paul, big congrats on the new fledgling
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:05 PM
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Way to go, Paul! Any squawks?
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:22 PM
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Way to go, Paul! Any squawks?
Thanks to all for the kind words! I have a slightly heavy right wing, it will be fun to get it dialed in. Other than that, I was thrilled with the performance and feel. All EMS data looking great at this very early stage
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Old 05-06-2017, 03:39 PM
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Good job Paul!! You did a lot of research on this journey and it's paid off! Enjoy the next chapters of fun!
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Old 05-06-2017, 04:09 PM
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Awesome!

When my buddy flew his Lancair for the first time and taxied back to the hangar, I snuck up on him and doused him with a bottle of champagne.
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