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Old 06-04-2022, 11:20 AM
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Default Local Kid Steals Dad's RV!

Here’s a local kid who grew up around his dad’s RV-7 and now is flying it solo.

Tyler Savrda just turned 17 in December and since then has acquired his PPL and his rotorcraft helicopter license. He’s scheduled for his instrument check ride in a couple of weeks. In September he enters Jacksonville University’s aviation program. Pretty amazing kid. While I credit his parents for most of his success, you can’t discount the influence the RV has had in his development. He literally grew up while his dad, Tom, was building the -7, made numerous trips to fly-ins, including Oshkosh where his dad won the Lindy for the RV-7. You would often see him hanging out with his dad around the hangars here in Vero. On Sundays, we would have our regular breakfast flights and he was often in the right seat of dad’s airplane. He flew with me countless times on the way home because he wanted to do aerobatics and his dad wasn’t into that. I was impressed with his natural flying ability, and it wasn’t long before I had him landing the airplane. He definitely caught the RV bug. For sure!

Tom and Tyler are currently building a -9 so that Tyler will have something to build time in. And so Tom can get his -7 back!

So this story may be about Tyler but it’s also about how this wonderful airplane has molded a kid’s life!
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Old 06-04-2022, 12:38 PM is offline
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LOVE to hear stories like this,
I couldn't get any of my three my kids interested in airplanes when I was building.
Now 25 years later, my youngest daughter just got her instrument, and commercial
Thanks Art
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Old 06-04-2022, 02:48 PM
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Default Son

My 22 year old son is flying my -10 more than I am!
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Old 06-04-2022, 03:18 PM
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Great story

I’ve got a 4 year old and getting within sight of the end of my -10 build.
He asks if I’m going to teach him how to fly in the plane often as he’s walking by it in the garage.
I guess time will tell, but it’s one of the main motivators along with seeing a decent amount of the country with the family.
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Old 06-05-2022, 07:55 AM
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My 8 year old loves to fly in my 9A, and is excited about helping build the 10 kit I have on order. Looking forward to good times!
Greg Niehues - SEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2022 dues paid
N16GN flying 1,000 hrs and counting on 91E10; IO360, SDS, WWRV200, Dynon HDX, IFD440, G5
Built an off-plan RV9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
Pending Repeat Offender - 10 kit is on order. TDI? Turbine? Stay tuned!
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Old 06-05-2022, 08:25 AM
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LOVE IT!! My 20yo nephew just got his A&P license with Florida State College - Jacksonville. I wanted him to do something on my airplane so he would sign my maintenance logbook. He installed a lower fuselage beacon then signed the logbook. OK, I didn't need an A&P to sign it off but now my airplane was the 1st logbook he ever officially signed as an A&P.

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Another nephew of mine (19yo) is working on his A&P and should be finished next year. He loves it and is doing awesome. Hopefully I will have 2 nephews with A&P licenses.

BTW, a good friend of mine is a professor of Aeronautics at Jacksonville University. He will enjoy it there.

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Old 06-06-2022, 04:07 PM
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pat, great post, great kid that is going to go places. keep us posted. love the title. turbo out.
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Old 06-07-2022, 08:20 AM
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Default Doing the dirty work

Pic of my son helping drill some holes in the canopy frame. Younger back and better eyes. Has his private, working on getting a UPT slot with his guard unit, but claims the RV when Iím gone. Haha

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Old 06-07-2022, 09:41 AM
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When My kids graduated High School my graduation present to them was a rock-climbing trip up in New Hampshire. I told them they could take my RV. They loaded it up with gear and disappeared for a weekend. This was before ADS-b...
7 weeks later they returned! The only way I was able to track them was by looking on-line at my credit card fuel charges. They traveled most of the East coast. That was a stolen RV !
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