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Old 07-04-2018, 03:45 PM
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Default Initial Flight - RV8

First flight for N842FM at San Geronimo Airpark (8T8).

I had a highly experienced RV pilot do the initial flight. He said it flew smoothly and had no roll bias. 2 issues: prop RPM indication problems and both radios were weak transmitting.

I'll will have to wait until the weekend to troubleshoot. I am sure there will be more tweaking/adjusting/fixing still to come.

The journey of the build to the maiden flight has been an awesome experience (still learning). Though there have been many, many, many, many, many frustrations and challenges, I am glad I was able to see the project completed (major help from my mentor-Les Bourne).

Fred McMahon
Test Phase
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:23 PM
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Default Congratulations Fred!

The project you started years ago took flight today as a result of your grit, determination and perseverance. What an incredible achievement. All the better that it took place on The Fourth of July.
Steve Ashby
Stone Mountain, GA
N184RW (reserved)
YIO-360 180 hp Lycoming
Hartzell Blended Airfoil Prop
Engine Hung
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:23 PM
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Fred you did it! The bird is airborne that's what matters. When you are done testing come to our woods. It would be my honor to take a couple pictures of your ship here.

Look at these guys an AF and a Navy jocks.

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:15 PM
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congrats Fred! an experienced test pilot is worth their weight in gold.

the unspoken word: wise
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

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Old 07-04-2018, 08:12 PM
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Congratulations Fred and welcome to the world of the RV-8. I predict you will love flying this plane.

Most of us had a few issues after first flight - minor though they might be. My experience was most issues related to electrical problems like radios were caused by poor grounding. Always check the ground first, if that's the issue the fix is easy and could save lot of time troubleshooting the unit.

Chris Pratt (2019 VAF DUES PAID)
RV-8 Flying, 775+hours
Lycoming O-360-A1A, Hartzell CS
52F (Aero Valley Airport, TX)
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:13 AM
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Congrats on the big accomplishment!
Jereme Carne
RV-7A Emp. done
Wings mostly done
Fuselage almost done
Finish kit arrived
Exempt but gladly paying!
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Old 07-05-2018, 03:58 PM
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Excellent Enjoy!
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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