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Old 06-25-2018, 12:12 PM
tdk tdk is offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Columbia, Maryland
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Default The Adventures of N616TK

My adventure began with the first kit, February 6, 2009.

I worked on it when it was fun, and when I wasn't too busy with work.

The completed bird...

The tail art reflects my job, teaching genetics and studying the evolution of fishes, at the University of Maryland.

My favorite mod is the alternate air door (thanks Dan Langhout!), although the 'screwless' spinner is also pretty slick.

The FAA's representative thought it might fly...

Made the first flight today!

Many thanks:

To my family, for allowing me to pursue this dream, and for enduring the chaos of an airplane factory in the basement.

To the EAA, especially the SportAir workshops, that introduced me to riveting, fiberglass and wiring.

To everyone in the VAF community, who answered my questions, posted photos of their techniques, and shared flying adventures that kept the dream alive while I pounded 17,000 rivets.

To SteinAir, who cheerfully recut my panel when I discovered interference of radio components with the cowling structure, and answered many questions as I finished the installation.

To Terry Johns, A&P, who took me under his wing and helped with final rigging and engine tuning.

To my flight instructors, who provided a bubble of safety around me while I learned from my mistakes: Gene Dahlquist, Thaddeus Halstead and Jan Bussell.

Another 39.25 hours (or more) of flight testing, and then I'm off to explore the continent!
Tom Kocher
Columbia, MD
RV-7 N616TK
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Old 06-25-2018, 12:18 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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Default Congratulations!

She's beautiful! You did good!
(2018 dues paid)
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Old 06-25-2018, 12:21 PM
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Mike S Mike S is offline
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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Dayton Airpark, NV A34
Posts: 14,530
Default Congratulations

Tom, congrats on the plane---------love the Escher
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

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 06-25-2018, 02:48 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 609

Looks great, congrats!
RV-14 kit #140138
I have entered the 90% done, 90% left to do zone
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:26 PM
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Steve Melton Steve Melton is offline
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 1,903

Confucius say: Before first flight, I see that you were pale and weak but now you are strong like bull.

the unspoken word: respect
Steve Melton
Cincinnati, OH
RV-9A, Tip-up, Superior O-320, roller lifters, 160HP, WW 200RV, dual impulse slick mags, oil pressure = 65 psi, EGT = 1300F, flight hours = 700+ for all

Simplicity is the art in design.

see Amanda Melton for

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Old 06-25-2018, 04:12 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Location: Boulder, CO
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That's one very, very good-lookin' airplane. As in exceptional. Congratulations, sir!

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Old 06-26-2018, 12:09 AM
TrueAirSpeed TrueAirSpeed is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: 36U
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Default Those on the Eastern Shore of MD would say

em r ducks? No em r geese. See Dem wangs!
Terry Small
RV-7 "Sasha" (1000th completed), IO-390, SJ cowl, ww prop
Deferred by combat (OEF '04 - '05, AH-64A)
Building a Bearhawk

When you're at the end of your rope tie a knot in it, and hang on . . . .Joe Back
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:37 AM
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Snowflake Snowflake is offline
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Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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That tail art is awesome. Congratulations!
Rob Prior
1996 RV-6 "Tweety" C-FRBP (formerly N196RV)
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:35 PM
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bkervaski bkervaski is offline
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Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Posts: 940

Beautiful airplane! Congrats!
#140376 RV-14A QB IO-390 Thunderbolt
Registered: N196
Progress: Flying!
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:13 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Watkinsville, GA
Posts: 596

Tail art is awesome

Marshall Jacobson

"Miss Sue"

RV-8 80749 slow build taildragger
7.5 year build first flight Dec 2005
SOLD at 540 hours and 10 years of FUN
Watkinsville, Georgia
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