First Flight Vans RV-8, N151TK
“La Otra Chica”
After 7 ½ years of building, I received the Airworthiness Certificate for my RV-8, “La Otra Chica”, on August 12, 2015. First flight was on August 14th and she flew straight as an arrow. The RV grin is alive and well!! She flew naked for almost a year until she was painted in May 2016 at GLO Custom in TX and the nose art was provided by Victory Girl in CA. The paint scheme mirrors my all-time favorite aircraft, the F4U Corsair, and this particular one is hanging in the Udvar-Hazy museum in Washington DC. Grady at GLO took a bunch of pictures and turned them into reality.
I have to thank my wife and number one fan Traci. Without her support there is no way this project would have been started or let alone finished. I also have to thank all the members of EAA-1099 in VA that helped with the final assembly. Transition training was provided by Mike Seager in OR. Thanks also to all the members of VansAirforce who knowingly or unknowingly provided a whole lot of ideas and a whole lot of help.
Hartzell constant speed prop
Raven inverted oil system
Inverted fuel system
Dynon HS34 Autopilot control
Dynon 2 place intercom
TruTrak Gemini standby attitude
Garmin GNC-255A Nav/Comm
Trig TT31 transponder
Flight Data Systems GD-40 CO detector
Kuntzleman triple strobe lights
Infinity stick grips