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-goose 08-18-2019 02:03 AM

VH-BBU first flight
 
Hi everyone, my RV-7 VH-BBU had her maiden flight from Canungra International Airport, Queensland, Australia yesterday in the capable hands of the legendary Nigel Arnot.
This has project has come to completion with the help of many generous people in many different ways including of course all of you who contribute your knowledge so generously to these forums; and I thank all of them for this wonderful little plane :) Now I'm looking forward to putting many enjoyable hours on her!

https://youtu.be/cTsorEv-X2Q


GeoffP 08-18-2019 03:07 AM

Congratulations
 
It's great to see another "local" RV completed and flying. Looks very nice! Well Done.

Hornet2008 08-18-2019 05:16 AM

Good stuff John, congratulations on the fledgling.

Capt 08-18-2019 05:22 AM

Nice work, good choice too with the third wheel where it belongs!:D
Details we need details -:)

kentlik 08-19-2019 07:55 AM

This plane looks awesome! Motivational to myself to keep building!
Thank you for posting.

-goose 08-20-2019 04:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Capt (Post 1367346)
Nice work, good choice too with the third wheel where it belongs!:D
Details we need details -:)

Thanks for the comments guys! She's powered by an 0-360 A1AD, has fixed pitch Sensenich prop, basic classic steam gauge panel (I love vintage aircraft!) with a GTR200 comm and GTX330ES transponder. A couple of minor mods in the form of a centre console with the engine controls plus fuel selector and gauges; and I've omitted the fibreglass lip that usually goes over the windscreen to overlap the edge of the canopy. Instead there's a bulb seal to keep the drafts out.

Nigel reports that she flies straight and true, temps & pressures where they should be. Baffles are stock Van's with all the gaps carefully sealed and the washer trick employed on #3 - CHTs maxed at 400 in the climb settling to 350 in cruise, and that's on overhauled cylinders and pistons, so very pleased with that result. Possibly a bit under-propped with the standard pitch so may look at a cruise prop at some stage once I have more data.

rsr3 08-20-2019 09:48 AM

Nice clean lines... Congratulations!

rightrudder 08-20-2019 01:10 PM

Lookin' good...congrats!

SteveB_Australia 08-21-2019 02:41 AM

Another RV to the Aussie fleet
 
Well done John. Welcome to a new and fulfilling phase......flying a real tail wheel!!!

Capt 08-21-2019 03:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by -goose (Post 1367870)
Thanks for the comments guys! She's powered by an 0-360 A1AD, has fixed pitch Sensenich prop, basic classic steam gauge panel (I love vintage aircraft!) with a GTR200 comm and GTX330ES transponder. A couple of minor mods in the form of a centre console with the engine controls plus fuel selector and gauges; and I've omitted the fibreglass lip that usually goes over the windscreen to overlap the edge of the canopy. Instead there's a bulb seal to keep the drafts out.

Nigel reports that she flies straight and true, temps & pressures where they should be. Baffles are stock Van's with all the gaps carefully sealed and the washer trick employed on #3 - CHTs maxed at 400 in the climb settling to 350 in cruise, and that's on overhauled cylinders and pistons, so very pleased with that result. Possibly a bit under-propped with the standard pitch so may look at a cruise prop at some stage once I have more data.


Be nice to see a pix of your modified with the centre consul? That's the one thing I've never liked about the side by side seating airframe, the Cessna type engine controls. A CS prop makes a noticeable diff, save yr pennies and swap yours out some day, you won't be sorry -:)


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