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Old 04-10-2014, 03:35 PM
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Default Major milestone! PPL in hand.

I'm almost finished building my 9a.
so I thought it time to finish up with my
PPL. Man great feeling! Can't wait to be flying
my own home built plane. I wonder if there's
many out there that build before getting a liscense
to fly. If I knew how to do a poll I would post one.
Al Girard, Newport, RI
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:49 PM
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Bill Peyton
RV-10 - 1125 hrs
First Flight Oct 2012
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:10 PM
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Congratulations. It's a real accomplishment and you should feel good about it.

I didn't start building until after I had my PPL but I did buy a plane long before getting my PPL - mostly because the local rental planes had too many squawks.

FWIW, you'll love the 9A. It handles great, is easy to land, makes cross wind t/o and landings easy work and she cruises like a dream.
Don Alexander
RV-9A 257SW Purchase Flying - O-320, Dynon D100
RV-9A 702DA (reserved) Finish Kit IOX-340
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:14 PM
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Default Congratulations!!

Congrats on the PPL.

Buddy of mine built his RV 10 before he had a license, took his transition training, came home and took his check ride, and with his freshly minted ticket in hand, did his first flight in the 10.

Can be done-----but be careful, and honest with yourself about your abilities.
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 04-10-2014, 04:15 PM
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Al !!!! HFS, You did it brother!

Highest Regards,

Noah F, RV-7A

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men? for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. -T.E. Lawrence
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:25 PM
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Default Me too


I did the same as you.

I soloed in college (many years ago) but quit flying because I figured I?d never own a plane. Then along came the RV series of planes. I started building about 6 year ago. I received my PPL about two years ago and I am now about 99% complete with my RV-9. I hope to be fly it in a couple of months.

I am currently flying a friends Piper Cherokee, underpowered, steam gauges, old radio, but cheap. I can?t wait to get in my own plane.
Dean Eiland
Aubrey, TX
Former Vice President EAA Chapter 1246
RV-9 (yes) N369RV
Mattituck IO-360, C/S Whirl Wind Prop, GRT, Digiflight II, Garmin SL30 & GTX 330 and Hotel Whisky Aux tanks, Bla Bla Bla
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:27 PM
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:46 PM
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Default PPL

Congratulations. One of the most rewarding experiences.
Larry Larson
Estes Park, CO
wirejock at yahoo dot com
Donated 01/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (2,000+ hours)
HS SB, empennage, tanks, wings, fuse, working finishing kit
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:56 PM
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Default Congratulations Albit!

You did it man. I completed my RV9A before I was FAA certified pilot. When is the party?
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:00 PM
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Congrats, Al! But I thought they built boats in RI. I don't recall there being an airport anywhere around when I was stationed in NPT back in the 80s. Time have sure changed....
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