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turbo 04-13-2007 08:32 AM

my 6 was finished in dec 99 by lee ray in stuart florida. i purchased it for $75,000 with new 0-360 a1a, 6 pack instruments, garmin 250 xl, great for vfr work. as of today there is a garmin 430, trutrak ap, garmin 496 with wx, bose headsets with ipod interface with intercom. the latest addition is a zaon pcas traffic watch which has turned out to be very helpfull.


Jamie 04-16-2007 07:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RFazio
Some pictures of my RV-6. It was ready for flight last summer and awaiting the final inspection. There was a fire in the hanger and my plane got damaged. So it's now getting rebuilt. I'm on it like a fanatic. Never was I so motivated. It's coming back way better than it was. It will fly this summer.

Go here for pictures. My RV-6

Wow.....and to think about the little setbacks I have had and been upset about. Thanks for putting it all into perspective. :cool:

Dougrv6 06-19-2007 04:40 PM

Doug and Tammy's rv-6
 

painless 06-19-2007 08:48 PM



Taken after an evening flight

Tram 09-15-2007 01:16 PM

Some nice lookin' 6's guys..

Here's ours..



JoeBlank 11-23-2007 10:14 PM

Here is one from a past trip to Mammoth Lakes, CA. 12,303' Mt. Morrison in the background....



Another from Hulett WY. Devils Tower in background...


rvmills 01-11-2008 10:44 PM

"Rocket" RV-6 N600SS
 
Beautiful aircraft out there, my compliments to all!

Here's a shot of my new (to me) RV-6, originally built by Tom Hallendorf in '98 with an IO-540, and numerous "Rocket-like" upgrades (lengthened fuselage, clipped wings, titanium struts, thickened skin...and of course those two extra cylinders). My buddy (and fraternity bro) was owner #3, and put in a Dynon EFIS, a Garmin 396, and painted 'er (nicely done RPG!). 10 years, 500 hours "new", and a pleasure to fly! Now home based at Reno-Stead, among a few other RVs, and some other pretty cool taildraggers, ta boot!

Cheers!
Bob
"Rocket" RV-6
N600SS
4SD


rstisser 04-13-2008 05:48 PM

It's finally complete
 
After 330 hrs the paint was applied @ Brandis Air in Taylorville IL. Bob did a fine job. Plane has 0-360 with sensenich FP
and has been a blast. Now maybe everyone will stop asking me when I'm going to paint it.


Markus K. 04-17-2008 02:54 PM

After rebuild...
 
Very nice RV's in this thread!

This is my RV after rebuild from tail to nosewheel and renew the cockpit...
The first and maybe last RV-6A in Switzerland :-)



^


NYTOM 04-19-2008 09:29 AM

Exceptional Panel
 
This may seem like a dumb question to some of you more hardened RVators out there but where in the world could one get his hands on a moulded panel like Markus K. has installed in his beautiful "6A". If he created it himself he truly is a craftsman and is sitting on a goldmine. Hope he has a patent on it.
It's quite a inspiration.

RickWoodall 04-19-2008 02:54 PM

I agree
 
I second that. I have found Laird Owens i believe that sells a nice panel like that, but.....I am doing a 9a tip up and cannot find a great modular panel. SOMEONE find one and sell it to me. Those are great. Check out mike schippers 9a site. That has to be one of the nicest mods you can put on a build. They really dress up the plane beautifully. Suppliers and entrepreneurs get on it.

groucho 04-19-2008 05:43 PM

Markus, that's gorgeous!

rvator51 05-04-2008 04:56 PM

Mounted the left and right wings to the fuselage this weekend.
Now have to get the fuselage and wings jigged so can drill the hole in the rear spar attach bracket.


donwmack 06-18-2008 12:52 AM

Painted plane - still in parts
 
I had my plane painted by a local friend with a body shop.

I fly RC planes for fun too so I wanted a look that was part RC, part antique.<

Hope to be putting the wings on shortly.

Don Mack
N708CM
my website






MNellis 06-20-2008 09:39 PM

The plane looks great Don. It's funny though, it seems to resemble a certain Ercoupe that you used to own. :)

It's great to see you're almost there. Your first long distance flight need to be down here to Austin. :)

Good luck.

Mike

Tram 07-06-2008 09:58 PM

Baby got new pants!


scottp1111 07-15-2008 09:15 PM

Scott Penton's N23412
 










Here is my RV ! Many Mods !

I recently installed the Vetterman exhaust im really am liking it so far.

Sorry about the size of the pics can someone tell me how to scale them down?
The Catto 3 blade will be installed shortly and many more things just waiting to be bolted on.

Bill Riggs 07-21-2008 07:53 AM



I am the proud owner as of Jan. 2008 of Robbie Attaways RV-6
Flew it home from Phoenix AZ after the purchase in approx 9 hrs of flight time
to my home base of Louisa, VA. (LKU)
As you must know I am enjoying the airplane beyond my expections. There are three other RV-6's at LKU
so you can imagine how much fun we are having on weekends.
Drop in we are ususally there every weekend.

Bill

Rick6a 07-21-2008 10:10 AM

Cost Conscious
 
With 220 TT, my -6A "Darla!" has been flying for over 3 years now. I decided to maintain a (mostly) Nuvite polished
aluminum finish not so much to save weight but mainly because my wife balks at endorsing a multi-thousand
dollar paint job. What is painted was done over a couple of years by bringing parts home from time to time to apply
Acry-Glo. That kept down time to a minimum and is one reason I made the empennage tips removable with
screws and nutplates.







dmeloche 07-23-2008 08:21 PM

Some pictures of my RV6 (hopefully it will work) after I flew it from Philly to Moses Lake Wa. I was trying to get to Seattle but had to settle for Moses Lake for a couple of weeks waiting for Puget Sound weather to cooperate.






Doug Meloche
RV6 230hrs

joeboisselle 07-24-2008 10:31 PM

Looks like Columbia Pacific Aviation. I got my pilots licence on that ramp, a&p just to the west at Big Bend. Beautiful 6, and welcome to kmwh!

Bob Axsom 07-25-2008 01:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bill Riggs (Post 241332)


I am the proud owner as of Jan. 2008 of Robbie Attaways RV-6
Flew it home from Phoenix AZ after the purchase in approx 9 hrs of flight time
to my home base of Louisa, VA. (LKU)
As you must know I am enjoying the airplane beyond my expections. There are three other RV-6's at LKU
so you can imagine how much fun we are having on weekends.
Drop in we are ususally there every weekend.

Bill

It is also one of the fastest RV-6s around. Go to www.sportairrace.org, scroll down to the bottom and click on "2007 Race Season Race Results" then click on Taylor 100 Race Results. You will see that your airplane completed the four sided 100 mile course at 214.58 mph.

Bob Axsom

aerorv6a 07-25-2008 11:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dmeloche (Post 242166)
Some pictures of my RV6 (hopefully it will work) after I flew it from Philly to Moses Lake Wa. I was trying to get to Seattle but had to settle for Moses Lake for a couple of weeks waiting for Puget Sound weather to cooperate.






Doug Meloche
RV6 230hrs

Nice lookin' plane. Who took those pictures? Must've been a professional. Ha!Ha! See you when you get back to Philly.

Bill Riggs 07-25-2008 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Axsom (Post 242503)
It is also one of the fastest RV-6s around. Go to www.sportairrace.org, scroll down to the bottom and click on "2007 Race Season Race Results" then click on Taylor 100 Race Results. You will see that your airplane completed the four sided 100 mile course at 214.58 mph.

Bob Axsom

Bob

I knew about that race, I think Robbie set a new speed record with it.
I see on the results that you were not too far behind him.
The other 3 RV's at LKU know it's fast also.

Bill

Bob Martin 07-25-2008 03:11 PM

Don't I know it!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bill Riggs (Post 242685)
Bob

The other 3 RV's at LKU know it's fast also.

Bill

I'm one of the other three RV-6's at Louisa.......
and yesssssss I do know it's FAST.........:rolleyes:

But also happy Bill got a good one! :D

jsharkey 09-08-2008 04:29 PM

Ready for Airport and Wing Attachment
 








Jim Sharkey

jsharkey 09-21-2008 07:17 AM

Made It Safely to the Airport (1B8)
 

After 8 years of having it around the house it felt a bit like sending kids to college!


Locking rudder with a couple of plastic plates and some zip ties - worked great. Did the same for the elevators.


Thanks to West Side Towing & Repair of Bennington VT


Cover billowed a bit


Safely tucked under the wing for now of C172 N5551R in the Cambridge Valley Flying Club's 60' x 60' hangar at Chapin Field (1B8), Cambridge NY. Drop by and say hello.
www.cambridgevalleyflyingclub.org

Now it's time to fit the wings.

Jim Sharkey
RV6 Tip-Up

jsharkey 10-11-2008 03:56 PM

Wings On - At least for the first time!
 



Jim Sharkey

pierre smith 10-12-2008 05:33 AM

Awesome...
 
.......adrenaline rush when this stage is reached!! Congrats,

Regards,

Jimd 10-12-2008 02:07 PM

6.5?
 
Is that really 6 with a 7 tail on it or is it a 7?

Jim

jsharkey 10-12-2008 03:54 PM

It's one of the last 6 empenage kits. It has the original 7 rudder which is a bit taller than the old six's and has a balance horn. I believe it is common with the 8. 7s now come with an even taller rudder with a riveted trailing edge and I believe that it is common with the 9. Van's believes more in evolution than revolution - until the 12 came along.

My aeroplane has the laminated bar wing spar caps, slightly taller seat floor than the 7 and smaller gap between the panel and sub-panel than the 7. FWF it is per the 7 plans with the fuel pump between the pedals and the battery and relays on the RH firewall. The only prepunched holes were on some of the empenage and wing skins and everything was built in a jig.

I think I have the pedigree right but would be happy to be corrected.

Jim Sharkey

RV6 Spartanburg, S.C. 12-02-2008 08:16 AM

After 14 years I'm flying
 
After fourteen years I?m flying and have 67 hours on N316CZ.
My home base is SC72 Greer, S.C.
RV-6 took fourteen years to build but it was worth it!
TMX IO360 AFP fuel injections
See photo link below.

http://flightaware.com/photos/aircraft/N316CZ

http://www.grtavionics.com/PhotoGallery.aspx?id=3

:)

flion 12-02-2008 10:44 AM

Congratulations. As another long-term builder who just finished, I congratulate you and join you in sticking our tongues out at all the quick builders out there! :p

;) Enjoy your aircraft, you've worked long and hard for it.

Frank Smidler 12-06-2008 11:51 AM

N96FS ready to fly in IN
 
I finally finished my RV-6 after 14-1/2 years of building. On November 20, 2008 DAR Tony Cecere inspected and signed it off I will make my first flight after transition training with Alex this week.

I kept it simple and light. Empty weight is 1009 lbs. It has a rebuilt 0-360-A1A Lycoming with Sterba 70/82 wood prop, new carb, plane power alternator, new slick mags and was upgraded to the RV-7 FWF kit.

The panel is simple VFR/Day/Night. I have an older Advance Grand Rapids EIS, Icom I200A, Garmin 320A transponder and PS3000 intercom. The seats are Flight Line, no carpet (yet), no side panels, CH stick grips and electric flaps






NYTOM 12-06-2008 02:37 PM

Congratulations Frank
 
I think you achieved exactly what Van had in mind when he designed the six.
It's refreshing to see a panel which isn't worth more than the whole kit.;) How did you resist all that "panel candy" out there? :eek:
I notice you have what appears to be defrosters on the top of the panel. That's a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Nice clean looking plane. Have fun and fly safe.:)

Bob Axsom 12-06-2008 09:45 PM

Racing Evolved
 
You should be able to detect some differences between this and the earlier photo in this thread - especially wing tips and wheel subfairings.

Bob Axsom


Frank Smidler 12-06-2008 09:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYTOM (Post 278522)
I think you achieved exactly what Van had in mind when he designed the six.
It's refreshing to see a panel which isn't worth more than the whole kit.;) How did you resist all that "panel candy" out there? :eek:
I notice you have what appears to be defrosters on the top of the panel. That's a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Nice clean looking plane. Have fun and fly safe.:)

It was easy to resist the "panel candy". 1. I looked at the simple panels in Van's planes and they flew them across the country to Sun'n Fun and OSH every year. 2. Most of the new electronics were not availabel when I started designing my panel many years ago. 3. I am a low time pilot who would probable not get the full use out of a more elaberate panel. 4. After 14.5 years I decided to keep it simple and the cost down so I could finally finish and get to flying. 5. I figured as I fly I will determine what else I would like to have and can add it later.

Yes I do have two large computer cooling fans for defrost. I did not put in any ducting, I figured heated air would rise under the panel to the fans. In a short taxi test with two of us fogging up the canopy it work well. Don't know what it will do in flight.

N8RV 12-08-2008 07:04 AM

Congrats, Frank! Light and simple -- Van will probably kiss you. :D

Good luck with your training and first flights. Keep us all updated on your progress. I'm not too far behind you ... heheh ...

L.Adamson 12-08-2008 07:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frank Smidler (Post 278643)
It was easy to resist the "panel candy". 1. I looked at the simple panels in Van's planes and they flew them across the country to Sun'n Fun and OSH every year.

It doesn't hurt to have some kind of attitude indication for inadvertant IMC, even if it's a panel page that's available with some of today's handheld GPS units.

I'm saying this, because one of Van's simple panels did in fact, run into serious and un-planned IMC problems while on a cross-country back in 2000.

edit: And if that's a panel dock for a Garmin 296/396/496 .......then great! , as it's got the panel page! It's a bit hard to tell in the pic.

L.Adamson --- RV6A

Frank Smidler 12-08-2008 10:52 AM

Quote:

It doesn't hurt to have some kind of attitude indication for inadvertant IMC, even if it's a panel page that's available with some of today's handheld GPS units.

And if that's a panel dock for a Garmin 296/396/496 .......then great! , as it's got the panel page! It's a bit hard to tell in the pic.
Yes, that is a Garmin GPS docking station for the x96 series. I also plan to eventually place in the center instrument hole, where the slip ball is now, a TruTrak ADI autopilot.


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