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Old 09-02-2023, 04:54 PM
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BLittleton BLittleton is offline
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Default First Flight - Another RV7 Flew today!!

I had my first flight today of my RV7, serial number 74105. It was so worth getting transition training before the flight. Thanks to my wife for putting up with this crazy thing for so long. And thanks to this site for answering sooooo many questions along the way.

Here's my build by the numbers for anyone still thinking about it.

Total build time:
11 yrs, 2 mos, 14 days (total of 4089 days since first kit order)
2,764 man-hours (2,480 hrs for me, 110 for wife, 152 daughter 1, 20 daughter 2)
I averaged about 1.5 hours per build session usually 4-5 days per week.

Total project moves: I started while active duty, so I've had to move the project 5 times to 4 states during the build. I don't recommend that technique.

Total money is about $100,800. All slow build kits, overhauled IO-360, new CS prop, new Dynon HDX, new interior. Still need to buy paint, second Dynon screen, and AP servos.

I tried to attach pictures...don't know if they made it in.
Flying RV7 since Sep 2023

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Old 09-02-2023, 04:58 PM
John Tierney John Tierney is offline
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Location: Vonore, TN
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Congratulations on the build and impressive that the build survived all the moves without you loosing interest.
John Tierney
Vonore, TN
RV-7A - N777JT Flying
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Old 09-02-2023, 05:12 PM
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Default Fledgling

Congratulations. Not far behind
Larry Larson
Estes Park, CO
E-mail: wirejock at yahoo dot com
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Donated 12/2022, plus a little extra.
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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 09-02-2023, 05:16 PM
Scott Hersha Scott Hersha is offline
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Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Congratulations to you and your wife. Your stick-to-itiveness is impressive. And thank you for your service to our country.
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Cincinnati, OH/KHAO
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Old 09-02-2023, 05:24 PM
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Location: Dayton Airpark, NV A34
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Default Congratulations!!!

Brad, congrats on the new fledgling
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 09-09-2023, 07:34 PM
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Pic links did not work but bet it's a beauty.
Raleigh, NC Area
RV-4, RV-7, ATP, CFII, MEI, 737/757/767

2023 Donation Made!
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