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Old 04-20-2017, 04:40 PM
Chattin35 Chattin35 is offline
 
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Default N437T is now an airplane!!! Whoohoo!!!

This turned out to be a much larger, frustrating, rewarding, and educational experience than I ever anticipated. I put a ton of my blood (literally), sweat, and many curse words into this project. Yesterday culminated two+ years of effort with the first flight. The collection of parts and hardware that became N437T earlier this month left the ground and officially became an airplane!

The -7 flew great! Van's designed a absolutely phenomenal aircraft. And, the IO-360-M1B / Hartzell BA CS prop is a sweet sweet combo. The plane has tons of power and felt perfectly balanced in all axis.

Although I spent quite a bit of time planning contingencies. Ie: what I was going to do in X situation at X altitude, everything pretty much went out the window when I pushed up the throttle. It doesn't look like it from the video, but my hair was on fire.

However, the flight was pretty much uneventful. Engine ran smooth and cool. The max CHT I saw was just over 400'.

Man, it feels good.

Like many awesome things in life, there were many people involved in making this happen... So, I just wanted to give a quick shout out to everyone here and say thanks for sharing your hard earned wisdom. This wouldn't have happened without the direct and indirect help from this community.
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:42 PM
Chattin35 Chattin35 is offline
 
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Default Videos of the flight...

Video of the first takeoff...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsspeQRl-fg

First landing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae6tjv-_-r8

(should be good for the next 90 days, haha)

Full flight...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0efuy47Ak6c
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:47 PM
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:58 PM
Schooner69 Schooner69 is offline
 
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And flown from the proper seat, also! Well done...
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Old 04-20-2017, 06:12 PM
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You built a fine aircraft Chris. Enjoy!
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:06 PM
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Great job Chris!

Was that first flight in your RV-7 better then "Heli Skiing"?

"Sometimes life does not suck..."
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:38 PM
John Courte John Courte is offline
 
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Default Congrats!

It's a great feeling, right? Best wishes to you and your new airplane!
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:59 PM
Neal Trombley Neal Trombley is offline
 
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Absolutely fabulous!!

Sooooo jealous
Here I am alodining and your flying!!!!

Keep the vids up
We need the motivation
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:09 PM
David Bell David Bell is offline
 
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Great stick on landing Chris...considering first flight.
Congratulations! Happy for you.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:26 PM
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Chris, It is great you are flying now, but beating me to be done is not right!!
Now that you are flying, you can spend your time working with me on my plane!!

Are you going to keep your 7 at Nampa or Caldwell?
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