I'm very pleased to report the recent first flight of our RV-6, Canadian registration C-FSPB, nicknamed "SparkPlug" by my wife.
I recall walking the grass at Oshkosh in 1979 as a much younger man, and seeing Van's arrival in the first RV-4. I just stopped in my tracks in gaping, stunned awe, pointed at the airplane and said, "one day I am going to have one of those!" Life sometimes tempers our dreams, but I am thrilled to have achieved that 30+ year goal.
The project had a long gestation, being initially started by Mr. Daren Findlay of Mission, BC. He completed the majority of the airframe, and as he is an aircraft sheet metal repair professional, I considered it a Super QuickBuild RV-6 kit. I bought the project from him in 2010 and trucked it 2200 miles home.
The project made slow progress in my hands due to a busy professional schedule, but I plugged away at the installation of the engine and systems until I moved it into the care of RV-builder extraordinaire Dale Lamport last summer. Dale had built eleven aircraft previously (pause for awe!), so I knew that the project was in good hands. He finished it.
It is equipped with a Mattituck TMX-IO-320 engine, Hartzell constant speed prop, and single LightSpeed electronic ignition plus magneto.
The awesome (and expensive) avionics are dual 7" Dynon Skyview and associated boxes, and a Garmin stack of GNS400W GPS, GNC255 Nav/Comm, GTR200 Comm and GMA 240 audio panel. It was designed for IFR, so I expect to be spending some time working to properly seal the tip-up canopy.
It weights 1093 lb empty, before paint and interior.
The cockpit got a lot of attention, and I'm pleased to report that I wouldn't change a thing.
...and finally the requisite "RV grin"!
The RV-6 is everything that we had hoped. It combines impressive performance with legendary handling, and will let me indulge in aerobatics, formation flying, IFR travel and $100 hamburgers. Guys, keep building!
VAF contributor 2014