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Old 11-01-2020, 02:47 PM
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Default My First Solo!

Hi All,
Happy to report not only my first solo flight today, but my first solo flight in Sassy! Many heartfelt thanks to Gary for building such an incredible aircraft and for helping to share that RV Grin with me!
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Old 11-01-2020, 03:03 PM
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Default Congratulations!!!

Geoff, big congrats on the pair of solos
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Old 11-01-2020, 03:27 PM
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Hi All,
Happy to report not only my first solo flight today, but my first solo flight in Sassy! Many heartfelt thanks to Gary for building such an incredible aircraft and for helping to share that RV Grin with me!
Geoff,

As much as I had mixed feeling about parting with my long dreamed of and longer build RV-6, I am glad "Sassy" made it in to your hands. She was a joy for me to solo and fly and something anyone who builds an airplane in their garage will never forget.

Those of you who know me and have been to my house can agonize with me as I sit on my front porch and watch her sail overhead. I take heart in the fact that Geoff has been an RV enthusiast for many, many years and he remains local so I can visit and help when needed.

Geoff is an RV aficionado and she couldn't have gone to a better new owner.

How many of you can say your initial solo was in a homebuilt RV tail dragger? Big Time Congrats.

Best,
Gary
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Old 11-01-2020, 06:15 PM
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Thanks Gary and Mike!

Gary,
I think I have a good idea how much blood, sweat, tears, and mostly passion went into building her. I’m so happy to be the next one in line to take care of “sassy” and you know where she is and you are welcome anytime! In fact, I am hoping for some help this week changing her oil ;-)

Just fair warning I am planning on building my workshop around the corner from your house and hoping I can twist your arm to help me drive some rivets on my first build soon! Oh, and it may have taken me a little longer this way but I am glad to own those bragging rights of first solo in a homebuilt RV tail dragger!
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Old 11-01-2020, 06:27 PM
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Hi All,
Happy to report not only my first solo flight today, but my first solo flight in Sassy!
I assume you get tailwheel endorsement as a student pilot? That's pretty "non-conventional" by today's standard, but very cool. Well done.
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Old 11-01-2020, 06:41 PM
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That's great Geoff. Quite an accomplishment. Now - have some fun.
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Old 11-02-2020, 07:04 AM
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Hi All,
Happy to report not only my first solo flight today, but my first solo flight in Sassy! Many heartfelt thanks to Gary for building such an incredible aircraft and for helping to share that RV Grin with me!
Your message rang the bell Geoff when I read it. Naples-RV-Gary... a familiar chain... glad to hear glad to have you here. Gman did a great job take good care of her.

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Old 11-02-2020, 08:58 AM
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Geoff,
Congratulations! I know you've been working really hard for this. Gary built a good bird and it's in good hands.
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Old 11-02-2020, 04:36 PM
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Geoff,
Congratulations! I know you've been working really hard for this. Gary built a good bird and it's in good hands.
Thanks Mike! Give me a little time and maybe I will be flying formation with you guys ;-)

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Your message rang the bell Geoff when I read it. Naples-RV-Gary... a familiar chain... glad to hear glad to have you here. Gman did a great job take good care of her
Thanks Vlad, I will do my best. I like your picture, funny thing is Gman was standing in that exact spot today showing me how to change the oil, filter, and rotate plugs! Oh, and nice shirt too!

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I assume you get tailwheel endorsement as a student pilot? That's pretty "non-conventional" by today's standard, but very cool. Well done.
Thanks! What can I say, I’ve never been called a “conventional” guy. Tail wheel endorsement included, and I spent some dual time in a Super Decathlon before training in the RV6.

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That's great Geoff. Quite an accomplishment. Now - have some fun.
You bet! Been having fun all day...learned how to change my oil and plugs! ;-) and it’s a lot more fun in a 75deg hangar than it was in a 110deg hangar when I installed the copilot brakes. Looking forward to some cross country flying soon!
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Old 11-02-2020, 04:58 PM
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