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Old 12-02-2016, 09:59 PM
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Default The RV Grin - First Flight N194HW 12-2-2016


Today at noon at Marion County Airport (X35) in Dunnellon Florida, the Terrific RV9A N194HW took flight after a 12 year build with me as the test pilot! I now have joined the ranks of the many builders who have experienced this! Incredible aircraft doesn’t begin to do this plane justice!

I have much to be thankful for, so please bear with me.

First of all, my biggest thanks to Paula, my loving, patient and terrific wife of 34 years, riveting partner, pillar of encouragement for allowing me to pursue this dream. I know having an IO-360 on a movable engine stand in our dining room for 4 years as centerpiece was not what you had envisioned, nor loss of your garage for all those years and airplane parts throughout the house… and to my kids always fielding the many questions from neighborhood kids (just what the heck is your dad doing in there??) and the many family character building exercises encountered in this journey.

A big shout out to Jesse Saint of Saint Aviation and his excellent staff for support during the final assembly.

Vans Aircraft and all of the Van's staff for providing such an excellent aircraft and support.

Thank you Doug, for providing this forum for the community of builders with similar passions. This wonderful group of people is always there ready to jump in to answer the trivial or technical questions.

In particular, I would like to thank Mike Bullock and his great website. Mike- Publish your build as a guide! The documentation, pictures and build commentary (bugs, blood, beer and humor included) were outstanding. All this as a result of a chance meeting with you on a 6:30am train out of Aberdeen Md. one early dreary morning back in December 2008. I was wearing my VansAirforce hat wandering sleepily down the aisle when I heard a voice call out from a darkened seat “What are you building?” And so our friendship began….Next beer is on me Mike!

Stein Air (Mike Gleason) who took my panel, instruments and electrical design concepts into reality

Jan Bussell –Transition Training Extraordinaire in Okeechobee Florida….Thanks to him I had no issues or surprises during that first flight

For all my friends and encouragement.

And lastly my parents for always pushing me to try a little harder when times get tough. I can still hear my dad’s voice in my head saying always, “Remain Calm, Cool and Collected.” I know you are smiling with the angels.

Build On! It is an Amazing Aircraft!

Engine Mattituck Red Gold IO-360
Whirlwind 200RV C/S prop
Dual P-Mags
Dual GRT HxR 10.4 EFIS
TruTrak Vizion A/P
AOA Indicator
Garmin GTN 650
PS Engineering PMA 450
Jim Buechler
RV 9A - N194HW
I/O 360, Whirlwind 200RV C/S, Slider
177 Cardinal N3156T
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Old 12-03-2016, 12:12 AM
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Default Congratulations!!

Jim, big congrats on the new fledgling
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 12-03-2016, 12:36 AM
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Congrats on bringing another RV-9A into the air! Have a safe Phase 1.
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Old 12-03-2016, 01:42 AM
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Congratulations Jim! I briefly met you at Jesse's a few weeks ago. Wish you many happy flight hours. These are great machines!

Dual PMags, Trio Pro Pilot, MGL V6, Garmin G5, GDL39, GDL82, FFlight
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:08 AM
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Congrats Jim, I was pumped just getting my fuse out of the basement up to the garage, looking forward to that RV Grin of first flight. Even if I watch.

Gotta be a great feeling - thanks for posting so soon, you still have lots of work!

1st Flight 1-27-18
Phase II 8-3-18
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Instrument Currency 12-17-18
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:20 AM
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Congrats looking forward to that grin someday!!
Neal Trombley
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:30 AM
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Congrats! yip, RV Grin for sure, have fun in phase one and 2.
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:37 AM
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Terrific! Get out of the Box and go explore the country it's about time
Where is N666BK?

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Old 12-03-2016, 07:07 AM
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Default Congratulations!

I can only imagine what you must be feeling. I am living vicariously through you and the gentleman that built my airplane. These are amazing planes!
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Old 12-03-2016, 07:39 AM
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I had the pleasure of seeing your first takeoff from my 9A. Your 9A took to the sky like it belongs there. That makes the build truly worthwhile.

Except to see you above X35 getting you phase I testing completed
Phase I @ X35 is complete
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