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Al Hummel 06-04-2014 11:18 AM


Originally Posted by Gary Baker (Post 885358)
Last Thursday evening, May 29, Matt Tomsheck, of the CLE FAA MIDO office, came to my hangar and conducted a public inspection of my RV-6. He was open to hosting a quasi-EAA Chapter meeting and let other builders see how he conducts an aircraft inspection. We had about twenty people attend the inspection and everyone got something out of the evening.

I began the construction of this project in March, 1996, and while my two sons were growing up, I coached approximately twenty-five of their sports teams. So after the initial building spurt, I quickly slowed and did not make fast progress each year until the boys were out of school. Many thanks to Dave Ross, RV-4 builder and this year's recipient of EAA's Tony Bingelis Award, for being very patient with me, allowing me to rent space at his farm for twelve years and work on the project. Dave was also a great instructor, showing how to use tools and look at problems from different perspectives to arrive at a solution.

I moved the project a little closer to home to Jeff Paden's shop six years ago and my construction time really took off! Jeff has built a Lancair IVP and a Titan T-51 Mustang. Jeff was my fiberglass guru and gave me a great deal of confidence in working with the 'dark side' material.

It has been great to surround myself with guys like Dave and Jeff, as well as many other Chapter members willing to give their time to my project. I conducted the first flight two days later, May 31! Photos to come.

Now I can say: "Keep bucking those rivets!"

Congratulations....Be sure to stop by the Home Builder HQ if you are going to OSH - there is a perseverance award waiting for you -- you deserve it. Hope to see ya there.

JohnCFord 06-04-2014 11:26 AM

Way to hang in there Gary!


Dave Ross 06-04-2014 12:50 PM

Gary's RV6
Hey I know those guys! Gary thanks for the kind words and it was a pleasure having you build in our shop. Great looking airplane and can't wait for it to come home for a landing at Ross International. Nice of you and Matt to share the inspection experience.

TS Flightlines 06-04-2014 12:50 PM

Congrats Gary!!! We are all very proud of you!

NYTOM 06-04-2014 12:56 PM

14 and counting!
Garry you are an inspiration to me. Congratulations and fly safe. :)

Gary Baker 06-04-2014 02:21 PM

Baker's RV-6 Prom Shot!
Here is my RV-6, just before its first flight Saturday, May 31, 2014. Thanks to my daughter-in-law, Amy, for taking a great shot!

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words!

Jeff kudlo 06-04-2014 03:06 PM

Congratulations Gary! I?m inspired by your accomplishment.

jet_pilot 07-20-2014 07:31 AM

-6A Tiger got airborne
After 14 months of construction and a few weeks for the design, the tiger got airborne:)

more pictures: Tiger

Tiger is equipped with:
IO-360, dual Pmag, AFM fuel injection
WhirlWind GA200 prop
EXP2 bus load center (modified to my needs)
MGL Odyssey EFIS with remote Garrecht XPNDR, 2 axis AP and remote FLARM (collision avoidance)
TRIG Radio
Classic Aero Interior
Schemedesigners outfit
Empty weight: 1056 lbs

Thanks to VAF:D

magiccarpet 07-22-2014 12:32 AM

Congratulations !! also for that very unique and outstanding design (or shall I say brave?). Anyhow, I just can't wait to jump into and go for a safari ride :D

Michael Wellenzohn 07-22-2014 07:19 AM

Congratulations here as well. Job well done. I am still very impressed by the 14 month building time.
And of course I'am happy that a tiger looks after my -10 now in the hangar ;-)


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