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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
RV-6 C-FSPB
Ottawa, Canada
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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
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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!

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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







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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
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:38 AM
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Default Another great 6

Those 6's and 6a's just keep coming. Good looking panel Rob. You're gonna' have a lot of fun with Sparkplug!
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:59 PM
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Congratulations! And you the coolest hangar!
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:54 PM
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Thumbs up RV-6 Flying

Congrats again Rob to you and your wife. Enjoy many years of flying it. See you down this way soon.
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:06 PM
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Congrats! Lots of RVs coming out of Smiths Falls ... I think I met Dale at the EAA 245 open door a few weeks back, very knowledgeable guy (Though he said 13 RVs when I spoke to him :P).
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