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Old 08-22-2012, 10:35 AM
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Default Finally Complete

After 8 years 3 months and 3 days N754RV is now a real airplane!

I know its missing a prop spinner but it will be on after today.

Time to first flight.

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RV-7A - N754RV: Status - Pink Slip is In! First Flight 8/23/12 - My First Flight 9/24/12!

Home from GloCustom for Paint! 3/16/13
1046 hours and climbing

9th Condition Inspection complete 10/31/2021

Superior XP IO360 (180 HP), Hartzell Blended Airfoil, AF-5400 EFIS panel, Garmin Aera 660, TruTrak Vizion 385 AutoPilot, Dual Pmags
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http://www.rv7a-factory.com
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:49 AM
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Default Congrats!!

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After 8 years 3 months and 3 days N754RV is now a real airplane!
Daryl, congratulations
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:01 PM
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Default Motivation

For 15 years I've wanted to build. Despite my father being a career pilot, I never had much interest in private planes (who wants to fly a boring aircraft real slow?) until I saw a kitplane magazine. When my wife realized I might be serious, she bought me a book. How to Build a Wooden Boat.

But the kitplane thing would not go away. Then I found Vans through two of my patients who are builders.

When my friend offered me space in his hangar, my wife gave the go-ahead. After meeting several builders at Paul and Louise's a couple months ago, she actually became a little enthusiastic. Last week, she actually suggested I take a day off work and attend the EAA builders class in Waco. Both the RV class and some individual instruction from Paul and Louise were quite valuable.

The previous owner of my QB project completed much of the emp. He left off where the trim is connected to the elevator. That is where I will pick up.


No this is not my current status. It's still in early QB state. The photo is actually Brian's (in South Australia) beautiful RV-7A which I used to photoshop my own paint scheme.

The N-number has no significance, I just made it up. My wife is a redhead and the plane will be named Jolie Rouge--"pretty" + "red". The wave is just a little different and it loops over the fuse in front of the tail. I liked Paul's gold accent and asked him if I could somewhat copy his design, he was ok with it. The tail pays homage to my late father; it is similar to the blue with gold chevron design of the 707/VC-135's of the 89th MAW where Dad was a pilot during the Johnson administration.

And therefore my motivation to stay with this.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:43 PM
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Default Shameless 2 in a row!

Ok let's see if I can make the front page of VAF 2 days in a row.....

Thanks to my Test Pilot John "Cool Hand" Bixby I got a first flight today.



I can't describe the emotions of watching something you have toiled over for over 8 years come off the ground and fly perfect. More to come as Phase I progresses and I get My First Flight. Thank you John for being such a Pro and giving me the confidence as we move forward. And Jim Thank you for keeping me motivated all these years with getting to watch you do it as well.

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RV-7A - N754RV: Status - Pink Slip is In! First Flight 8/23/12 - My First Flight 9/24/12!

Home from GloCustom for Paint! 3/16/13
1046 hours and climbing

9th Condition Inspection complete 10/31/2021

Superior XP IO360 (180 HP), Hartzell Blended Airfoil, AF-5400 EFIS panel, Garmin Aera 660, TruTrak Vizion 385 AutoPilot, Dual Pmags
Houston, TX

Dry Creek Airpark (TS07)
http://www.rv7a-factory.com

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Old 08-23-2012, 11:51 PM
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Oustanding news Daryl - congratulations! You deserve a whole thread to yourself though - not just a note here in the "status" thread....

Long time coming - great job!

Paul
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:57 AM
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Outstanding news Daryl - congratulations!
Ditto!

He built a nice airplane... no squawks at all from the first flight; no heavy wing and the XM Radio was working as advertised! Well, there was that fouled spark plug on the run-up, but I'm not pointing any fingers... hehehe.

Congrats Daryl!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:45 AM
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Default Wings in Stands

Thanks to Rudi and his stand design, I have my skeletons hanging in time for some skinning before Halloween.



Happy Labor Day
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:53 AM
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Default The last piece painted.

The very last pieces are painted! Finally, now I can take the project to the airport. The big moving day is this Saturday, if it doesn't rain.

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Old 09-08-2012, 03:11 PM
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Default Moving day

The big moving day has finally arrived. Here are some photos of the move.











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Old 09-08-2012, 04:30 PM
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Wow Paul, Impressive paint and congrats on the move!
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