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!
SEE YOU AT OSH!
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: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=a2b29e894a
Bill Hollifield N412BR