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Old 01-31-2018, 07:49 PM
BillL BillL is offline
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Location: Central IL
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Default Thanks Guys !!

It is still a thrill even after all the years of building.

Vlad: Yep I will be gathering some (all kinds) data, so I will surely not go away. I have to follow your lead with some trips and reports. Junior version of course.

Merrill: I have begun with the tall rudder, it was just easier and I trained with it. Once the performance is settled and some spin tests done, then the short rudder will be installed. The plan is to enter Phase II with the short one.

Krea: Sorting out the precise test plan for plenum pressure recovery testing. I am still not used to the high thrust at throttle on, but it does not seem to have as much gyroscopic force on tail lift.. Team Aerodynamics guys report it helps in aero maneuvers, like over the top of a loop.

Bret: Yes it really looks it's size in that picture. Huge cord. When spinning the engine in the hangar with the starter- it made quite a breeze.

1st Flight 1-27-18
Phase II 8-3-18
Repairman 11-15-18
Instrument Currency 12-17-18
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:40 PM
rackley16 rackley16 is offline
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Oceanside, California
Posts: 67

Wow! Great job!
2018 dues paid.
RV7 empennage acquired and the "journey" has officially begun.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:19 AM
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lucaperazzolli lucaperazzolli is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Trento, northern Italy
Posts: 564

"Bill, The life won't be the same." (Vlad)

For sure !

Congratulation !
Trento, northern Italy
RV-8 QuickBuild, Catto 3 blade Prop, YO-360-A1A. Status : I-LUKE is Flying - 350 h. and counting

=VAF= 2019
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:40 AM
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Location: Bennington, Vermont USA
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Default Congratulations!

Good looking plane. Enjoy it. And well done, you have earned the smile!
Jim Sharkey
RV6 YO360-A1A
Flying Since 2009
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:08 AM
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Bob Martin Bob Martin is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 1,112
Default Nice

Congrats on First Flight!
Great Picture too.
I see your James Cowl as well. Always prettier than the stock.
Enjoy phase one!
Bob Martin
RV-6, 0-360 Hartzell C/S, Tip up, 1150+TT
James extended cowl/plenum, induction, -8VS and Rudder. TSFlightline hoses. Oregon Aero leather seats.
D100-KMD150-660-TT ADI2- AS air/oil seperator. Vetterman exhaust with turndown tips.
Louisa, Virginia KLKU N94TB

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Old 02-01-2018, 08:37 AM
Rupester Rupester is offline
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Location: Mahomet, Illinois
Posts: 2,195

FanTAStic! So VERY happy for you! I look forward to any and all reports from you during Phase I. Even more, I look forward to seeing you at our local IL fly-in eateries!
Terry Ruprecht
RV-9A Tip-up; IO-320 D2A
S. James cowl/plenum
(Dues paid thru Nov '18)
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:28 AM
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JonJay JonJay is offline
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Location: Battleground
Posts: 4,003

Way to go! No feeling quite like flying the bird you built for the first time.
Smart People do Stupid things all the time. I know, I've seen me do'em.

RV6 - Builder/Flying
Bucker Jungmann
Fiat G.46 -(restoration in progress, if I have enough life left in me)
RV1 - Proud Pilot.
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:32 AM
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Location: Edson, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 444
Default Congratulations

Looking good!

Maybe there is hope for my First flight yet!
Dave Cobb
=VAF=2018 Donation - and a bit extra for great work!
Empennage RV 7 - Tipper
Wings complete

Fuse nearing completion, Canopy complete
AME reviewed and repaired O-320-Lyc installed
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:16 PM
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Location: Bettendorf, IA
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Default Nice job

Thatís awesome Bill. Congratulations!!!!
Charlie Hammes
RV-8, N525RV Flying
RV-8, N208CH in process
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:00 PM
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Big Iron 09 Big Iron 09 is offline
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Location: Lorton, VA
Posts: 39

Congratulations Bill, and safe flying to you during Phase I and beyond!!
Rich Aquino
CH-53E Pilot, USMC
RV-6 Flying (Aspiring Builder)
Fredericksburg, VA

VAF Dues Gladly Paid Despite the Waiver! Thanks Doug!
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