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Old 01-30-2018, 07:23 PM
BillL BillL is offline
 
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Default First Flight RV-7

It finally happened. A very cool, but calm day.

Heavy left wing, but otherwise very familiar handling characteristics. The cabin heat worked nicely at 6500 ft and 25F. A little draft from the spar box.

Smooth and wiggled at ~47 kts with 20 deg flaps. Nice cruise at ~150kts with 23" and 2340 rpm.

Now comes the tuning, data collection and airmanship proficiency improvement.
Several people deserve some personal thanks, as well as the VAF members at large. A new beginning.

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Old 01-30-2018, 07:25 PM
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Great news, Bill! Congratulations!

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Old 01-30-2018, 07:29 PM
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AllRight Bill!!
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:47 PM
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Awesome Bill! A couple of more weeks will make a year since my first flight. A very momentous occasion and fun times! It just keeps getting better! Many congrats to you!
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:55 PM
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Default Congratulations Bill!

Bill,
The life won't be the same. Enjoy her! Please keep contributing don't go away as many of us did after Phase One.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:44 PM
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Default Wonderful!

Nice Bill! Congratulations!

Which rudder are you flying with?

Very best regards,

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Old 01-31-2018, 05:29 AM
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Congratulations, Bill!
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:22 AM
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Congratulations Bill!

Looking forward to performance reports on the wide chord composite Hartzell and on your beautifully made plenum. I'm about a month behind you with a similar setup.
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:26 AM
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CONGRAT!!! Polish, don't paint. Lots of work but will be an eye catcher at the $100 burger ramp -- especially to the non-flying dreamers dining at the local airport café wherever she takes you.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:33 AM
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Congratulations BillL. Big day.
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