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Old 03-05-2012, 06:36 PM
doncarljones doncarljones is offline
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Default Four New First Flights Posted!


Four new First Flights have just been posted. Congratulations to all!

#109 Len Hendleman, 11 Nov 2011
#110 Rick Morse, 22 Nov 2011
#111 Malcolm Belcher, 17 Jan 2012
#112 Ed Groot, 14 Feb 2012

In addition:

#105: Added co-builders' names
#74: New photo added
#91: New photos added
#55: New photo added


Don Carl Jones
Madison, WI
RV-12 First Flights: Photo Album

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Old 03-05-2012, 09:37 PM
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Default New photos of #69 (SN 120168)

Dave Cooper just sent me two new photos of his RV-12. His is #69. He purchased N68CK (SN 120168) from Ken Scott, Builder (Van's Aircraft). Dave has named 120168 "Freedom Bird" and assigned a new N-Number: N869DC.

His photos have been posted to the Photo Album.

Thanks, Dave! Enjoy!

Don Carl Jones
Madison, WI
RV-12 First Flights: Photo Album

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:04 PM
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Default N412BR "SWEETIE" First Flight!

Today was the successful first test flight of RV-12 N412BR "Sweetie."

Sweetie was moved from the garage to the airport on Sunday April 8th, and the airworthiness inspection completed on Tuesday April 10th, registered as E-LSA.

This is kit number 412, assigned N412BR (from "Billy Ray" Hollifield - my actual name, and "Bravo Romeo" sounds better than "Bravo Hotel" over the radio!), and with a first test flight today (4/12) at 10AM CDT.
So - 4-12 / 4-12 / 4-12 !

The flight went great - no problems of any sort! 30 minutes, 2 landings. Not sure until the next flight, but she might not even need a rudder wedge.

Now, on to the detailed PAP checkout flights. Rather than do flight test #1 in the PAP, my EAA tech advisor wisely advised to "go up, feel out the plane, get comfortable, and land. Adrenaline usually prevents a bunch of detailed engineering data collection." Well, he was right! Stayed up 30 minutes, landed full stop, then did another T/O and full stop landing. It was WONDERFUL! I was also very glad I took the 5 hours of RV-12 transition training from RDOG and JETGUY in Denton Tx. a few months back. Thanks guys!!!

I believe that this is the first customer E-LSA Skyview example. (There is an E-AB in the UK with dual Skyview's - pics have been posted in this forum.)

Three pics below, taken the day before the inspection during taxi testing. You will note a few missing screws in the panel - because my next step was to adjust the potentiometers. They are all there now, as well as the rest of the interior. Abby at Flightline did a beautiful job!


Oh - someone noted to me that the Ray Allen Stick Grips are upside down. I tested both ways and liked this best! From some other pics, seems I am not alone.

For many more pics, go to this public album:

Bill Hollifield N412BR

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:23 PM
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Congratulations Bill. It's been a long time coming but obviously worth the wait!
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:14 PM
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I am so happy for you Bill, congratulations on building a beautiful plane and getting it off the ground!
A&P, PP-SEL, Pathological Flier, EAA Technical Counselor
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:33 PM
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Default Congrats!

So happy for you Bill! Very exciting. Thanks again for all your support and experience as others continue to move to where you are now!

Be safe!
Patrick Claar
Arvada, CO BJC
RV12, #401, Flying 2013, N612PC
RV6, 1996-2010 sold
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:41 PM
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Great job Bill! Your going to love her. Are we going to have a four ship to Oshkosh? Oh, Thanks for the endorsement.
Colin Richardson
RV14, Kit #140014
ATP, CFI, Ground Instructor, A&P
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:27 AM
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Default Nice looking airplane

Congratulations - well done
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:02 AM
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Is a transponder part of the Skyview system??
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:40 AM
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Thumbs up You bet!

Yes it is.
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1020 Hours as of 9/30/2017
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