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Old 11-01-2017, 03:08 AM
RV7ForMe RV7ForMe is offline
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very cool! must feel amazing.
I like your panel!
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:26 AM
rackley16 rackley16 is offline
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congrats! Nice plane and video. Well Done!
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RV7 empennage acquired and the "journey" has officially begun. Wings are here!
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:29 AM
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Default Very Cool!!

Congrats Simon. Sure glad you got your plane in the air. Great flight and landing. For those who don't know, Simon is a Speed Bird Captain. It has to be different feeling when you are flaring at 100'!!!!

Give me a call on your next Phx visit. My turn to buy!!
Darwin N. Barrie
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:57 AM
TS Flightlines TS Flightlines is offline
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Congrats Simon on a job well done!
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:57 AM
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JonJay JonJay is offline
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Originally Posted by Simon Hitchen View Post
I'm really pleased to report that on the 25th of October/2017, The left wing is a little heavy but was trimable, that'll be addressed shortly
With your experience you probably know that, all things being equal, a nuetral rigged side by side will feel like it has a slightly heavy wing as you are sitting on one side.

Again, congrats. Big day!
Smart People do Stupid things all the time. I know, I've seen me do'em.

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Old 11-01-2017, 01:20 PM
Rupester Rupester is offline
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Hugest congrats to you! That experience is a thrill only homebuilders can understand. :
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:52 AM
Simon Hitchen Simon Hitchen is offline
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Default Thank you

Thanks everyone very much! I've loved every minute of the build, I was concerned that the flying may be a bit of an anti-climax because I fly all the time. It wasn't and isn't! It's far better than I thought it would be because it's the realisation of a dream, of a major goal to build something that CAN fly.
The pride you feel when finished is quite intense and well worth the entire process.
I can't over state how important this forum is to me and how much I used it. Before every build session I would read every post I could regarding what I was about to do. This allowed me to avoid most of the major issues, although inevitably I'd find different smaller ones! Whenever I had a question there'd be 10 answers by morning.. can't beat that.

Thanks everyone and thanks Doug.

The problem is... the work shop at home is empty now .... hmmmm

Safe flying everyone and happy building. Reminds me of something on the Van's aircraft demo video. "You either have to build it or get to build it"
Im definitely in the later group, always have been.

Simon Hitchen
Port Perry, ON, Canada
7 Tip Up, Titan XIO-360, Sensenich FP Prop, Dynon Skyview, GTR-200, GTX-327
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:47 AM
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Beautiful plane! Love the video!
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