Originally Posted by wawrzynskivp
There is also the opportunity now to hire an experienced RV pilot to fly along with you on your first few flights if you are willing to do the paperwork.
Though I was current (in Citabrias/Decathalons), I flew my first ~20 hours with a local, super seasoned experimental pilot under the AC 90-116 additional pilot program. There is an authorization section that needs to be in your AW cert and the additional pilot needs to be on your insurance - both easy to do. This was all done gratis, so no for compensation or hire issues.
During all my flights, he didn't need to touch the controls at all (fortunately!), but it was very helpful to have an experienced eye watching the engine/traffic/etc early on and to help to interpret performance while stretching the envelope.
We finished up Phase 1 with a full aerobatic sequence to really shake down the plane -- and log it in Phase 1 for future adventures in Phase 2.