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Old 08-13-2014, 11:57 AM
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Default First Flight: Canadian RV-6 C-FSPB

RV Folk,

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!

Rob Erdos
Ottawa, Canada
VAF contributor 2014

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Old 08-13-2014, 12:32 PM
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Default Congratulations!!

Rob, congrats on the first flight.

And, to Debbie too
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:50 PM
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Outstanding Rob - very glad to hear that you've got it flying. No matter what else you have to fly for others, having your own machine is just...priceless!

Paul F. Dye
Editor at Large - KITPLANES Magazine
RV-8 - N188PD - "Valkyrie"
RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
RV-3B - N13PL - "Tsamsiyu"
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:09 PM
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Rob congratulations! Talk about small world. Here "Sparkplug" is in Canadian Van's Cave three days ago

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:29 PM
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Now that there is just cool.

Good on ya Buddy.
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:06 PM
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If your flying bring you windsor way, drop a line. Enjoy your new bird.

Cheers, Rick
Rick Woodall C-GSTT "ghost"
9a -TMX io-320, catto three blade, dual dynon hdx with a/p. 1000+ hrs in 11 yrs flying.

Flew to Osh 11,12,15,17,19. SNF 2013. West to Cali /Washington/Vancouver/crossed the Rockies north to Red Deer east to Moosonee and over to maritimes. South to Jekyll Isl, cedar key, and Key West etc. 8 trips and 17 islands of the Bahamas. Flown turtles and dogs for Pilots n Paws too. Love our Rv's
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