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Old 08-29-2017, 07:28 PM
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Default Non-RV first flight report

This is not a report of an RV first flight but Doug has given it his blessing. After nearly nine years, thousands of hours and a few cubic kilodollars, my RLU-1 project, more commonly known as a Breezy, took to the air on Saturday Aug. 26. This airplane is about as far as one can get from an RV, but it is tremendously fun in a low-and-slow, totally impractical kind of way.

The Breezy is a completely scratch-built tube and fabric job. Even the old-school RV builders (like me) would be surprised at the lack of documentation. The entire build manual takes up 1/2 of a drawing page, with the list of materials taking the other half. There are no wing drawings included- the plans mention that the original used PA-12 wings, and from there it is left to the builder. I ended up building a set of wood Cub wings from the Wag-Aero Sportsman 2+2 plans. Covering and paint is Stewart Systems, and I am a big fan of that system after using it. Powerplant is a Continental O-200 from a wrecked homebuilt that I overhauled with Lycon 9:1 pistons, a C90 cam and electronic ignition. My running joke is that this will be the first O-200 in history to actually make 100HP. Prop is an Ed Sterba. My RV-6 started life with a Sterba prop and he is still in the business making great props.

I tried my hand at video editing and put together this video of the build and first flight. It's about 15 minutes.

For the purists- there is an RV-12 holding short for me while landing, and you can see my -6 at the end, so it is sort of RV-related.
Jeff Point
RV-6, RLU-1 built & flying
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:43 PM
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Congratulations! Great video, too.
Bruce Sacks
RV-9 N659DB - Flying since 7/1/06
Hatz CB-1 - Fabric covering with Polyfiber.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:49 PM
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Awesome job Jeff! Great video!
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:00 PM
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Default Looks great, nice video

Nice fun airplane. Congratulations. Let me know when you fly it over to Stoughton.
Frank Smidler
N96FS, RV-6, 2WI6
Flying 1/11/09
760 hr
Stoughton, WI
Formally of Lafayette, IN
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:13 PM
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That was really fun and inspiring to watch. Great job and congratulations! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:51 AM
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Very Cool Jeff!
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:18 AM
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Default Breezy

Wonderful Jeff. Congratulations are well-deserved! Now for the -8?
Bill Dicus
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:18 AM
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That's really neat!
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:23 AM
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When can I get a ride?
Bill R.
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:41 AM
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Default Breezy

I owned one back in 1982 - what a blast to fly.

Try going up to 5000' sometime, dangling your feet over the edge and looking down - pretty sobering!

Good on ya!

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