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Old 05-21-2016, 08:38 PM
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I have the wet suit material installed with just one clamp on the rings, I need to get larger ones for the diffuser side, looking at how it is going to work, I think the transition will be ok.....

7A Slider, EFII Angle 360, CS, SJ.
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:53 PM
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Been some (far too much) time since I have had an update worth sharing but...

My tanks are fully sealed!

Click image for log entry.

Took me FOREVER, but I am hoping to keep the momentum going and chug along.

Leak/Pressure test in a week. Hoping for no defects.
Jason Hess
N777JH - Reserved
RV-7 - Builders Log Tail complete, wings nearly done, starting fuselage!
RV Factory - Complete sans floor coating, Slideshow Here

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Gerald G. Probst, Beloved Grandfather, WWII B-24 Pilot, Successful Businessman
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:08 PM
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Default Congratulations

Nice work.
Larry Larson
Estes Park, CO
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Donated 01/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (2,000+ hours)
Empennage, wings, fuse, finishing kit, now FWF
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:27 AM
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Smile clamps

Hey Bret those big Zip ties they use on a/c duct work great you can get a pack at Lowes.
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:35 AM
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Default Well done Jason!

I'm glad you made it through the tank construction alive. Not something that I'll be volunteering to got back to do in quite a while. Enjoy the rest of the build!
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:57 PM
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Default Nice work

I did mine and they sure don t look so prettty. Passed the leak test but wont win awards for pretty.

Build on... we wil make it yet eh?

Dave Cobb
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Empennage RV 7 - Tipper
Wings complete

Dynon installed and running
Fuse closer to completion, Canopy complete
AME reviewed and repaired O-320-Lyc installed
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:58 PM
Aero_Octaveus Aero_Octaveus is offline
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Default Congrats

Congrats Jason. Well done on the Tanks.

I am half-way through mine and its just an absolute pain to keep it clean and pretty. As long as you are leak free is all that matters.

Good to see you back on the build....
Garet Hess - Edmonton, AB
RV-7A - Emp and Wings Done. Working on fuse
2020 Donation Current
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Old 07-14-2016, 01:12 PM
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Default Announcing first flight of N819RV

On the morning of 4 July 2016 N819RV, an RV-7A, took flight for the first time from KGOO. The length of the flight was about 30 minutes during which no significant problems were noted.
The plane flies straight, no heavy wings, and the engine and oil temps were nominal.

The one issue that I had was the inability to lower the flaps as I was turning base. Control of the flaps did return a few seconds later and I continued the approach normally.
I later discovered that the flap problem was due to the max flap speed in my vertical power box being set to 85kts instead of 95kts.

There is more flowery prose on my blog, but that is pretty much all there is to say about it. Vans has designed one awesome airplane!

I will be attending Oshkosh but, unfortunately not in N819RV due to my phase 1 limitations. I asked for a 2000 mile phase 1 radius, but the FAA said no
However, I hope to meet many of you there and show off my new RV grin.

Joe Rainbolt
RV-7A slow build complete 4 July 2016
Visited all 48 contiguous states July 15-29 2017.

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Old 07-14-2016, 04:16 PM
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Nice looking plane you have there! congratulations!
7A Slider, EFII Angle 360, CS, SJ.
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Old 07-15-2016, 05:56 PM
Bevan Bevan is offline
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Congrats! It's a great design and looks like you've built a great airplane. Enjoy and fly safe.

RV7A Flying since 2015
O-360-A1F6 (parallel valve) 180HP
Dual P-mags
Precision F.I. with AP purge valve
Vinyl Wrapped Exterior
Grand Rapids EFIS
Located in western Canada
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