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Old 12-12-2012, 09:18 PM
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Default First Flight - N800ME

The weather gods took pity on me today and I was able to get in two flights. Landing was near perfect, engine runs nicely. Heavy right wing that I hope is due to the aileron trim springs. Plan is fly without them next. Thanks for all the help from those on this site and my local EAA crews. My wife flew with my Flight Adviser and took this shot, very nice.

Training besides some formation in the rear seat of a RV-8 I had two flights in an RV-7 with multiple landings with my flight adviser, I was ready after these but to make the insurance company happy I had to fly 1 hour dual in an "A" model with a CFI which I did in an RV-6A (thanks Joel). It chaps me that an EAA flight adviser carries not clout with the insurance company but it all worked out. I got in a second flight and it too was awesome.

It was a long 5 years but well worth the effort, yes 5 years with a quick build


Mike "Nemo" Elliott
RV-8A (First Flight 12-12-12!)

Dues Paid 2019
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:24 PM
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Way to go Mike. I think I'm on the 5-year plan too. Enjoy phase 1.
Gil Brice
McKinney, TX EAA-1246
RV7 - Working on fuse, fuel, brakes etc...
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:07 PM
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Congrats mike I heard everything went well! Can't wait to see it down at Olympia next month.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:21 PM
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Congratulations Mike!
I have been looking forward to this day for you!

Feel free to call me anytime you need anything!


Jon Thocker
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RV4, RV4, RV6A, RV8, RV8, RV8,RV8, RV8, RV8, RV12
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:36 PM
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Default Congrats

Congratulations Mike.
Robert Williams
Lee's Summit, MO
RV-8 - Empennage & Wings Done
Working on Fuse

1946 Cessna 120
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:21 AM
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Default Congratulations!

Great Job! Now it's time to wrap your head around having an airplane instead of a project!
Guy Prevost
Albuquerque, NM
RV-8a Built, Enjoyed, Sold
Two Kids: Built, Enjoying
RV-10, Bought, Rebuilt, Enjoying
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Arguing on the internet is like having a competition to see who can hit a brick wall the hardest. You may win, but you're still an idiot.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:28 AM
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I'd like to add my congratulations to Mike (and Anita too). That's a swell picture of your '8A in the pattern at Sanderson; it's like the weather gods provided you with a sunbeam for your first flight.

Originally Posted by RVG8tor View Post
It was a long 5 years but well worth the effort, yes 5 years with a quick build
After visiting you and seeing your build (twice: once in your garage and once at the hangar), I can understand why a QB took 5 years. Everything was meticulously done. You must feel like a million bucks, Mike. Congratulations, you've earned it.


Joe Dubner
Independence, OR
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:30 AM
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Default Congrats!

Congrats on the first flight! Now the fun really begins!
Kent Stitt
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:05 AM
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Thumbs up!
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Track my RV7A!!

Bought my flying -7A
Building an -8! (Fuse)
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:52 AM
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Congrats Mike. Hopefully having those wheels leave the surly bonds of earth surely made up for all of the hours in the garage.
/Mike November
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Dues paid Nov 12 the week before I ordered the kit.
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