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Old 10-02-2013, 09:05 AM
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Smile RV-10 First Flight

Did this day really happen? It has been a few days now and it still has not totally sunk in. When you look back at years of construction and all the major milestones, it is amazing of what comes from all this work each and everyone of us put into these projects. The sense of accomplishment is overwhelming. And I finally get to realize that that all the work, time and frustrations are all now worth every bit.

This came to realization this last Saturday, 9/28/2013 when my RV-10 left the ground for the first time after 4 1/2 years of building.

For years I have been reading stories of others first flights and the feelings that brought, thinking will I ever experience that. All I can say is I have, and so much more. As everyone before me have said, these are great aircraft. Note to those still building - get back to work and get that airplane done.

Maybe someday in the far out future, this new RV Grin may fade, but very little. I think I will have it every time I fly it.

Here are a few pics. I am working on getting the video footage (I will post when done) put together but may be a bit, have an aircraft that needs to be flown.

And the Grin

Brian Steeves
#40955 RV-10 - N413BS - Sold
It is Airworthy and Flying. But are they ever done?
First Flight 9/28/2013

#41714 RV-10 - N272BS
Phase 1 Finished, Getting Painted

#120849 RV-12 - N112AB
Flying. First flight Nov 26, 2017

Challenger II - N272MP - Sold
First Flight in 2011
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:19 AM
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Default Congratulations!

Great accomplishment and a beautiful RV-10.
You'll get wonderful enjoyment out of your airplane.
Ernst Freitag
RV-8 finished (sold)
RV-10 IO-540 8.5:1
Running on 91 Octane E10 mogas since 2011
Don't believe everything you know.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:22 AM
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Congrats. Looks beautiful; I hope you have a long, enjoyable flight career together.
Patrick Kelley - Flagstaff, AZ
RV-6A N156PK - Flying too much to paint
RV-10 14MX(reserved) - Fuselage on gear
EAA Technical Counselor #5357
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:34 AM
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A big congratulations and trust me on this: The Grin will NEVER wear off. I'm going on 4 years of RV-10 ownership and she still amazes me every time we fly.

Rv10 Sold
46 years ag pilot/CFI
Air Tractor 502/PT-6
Building RV-12, Wings, fuse, emp complete. FWF in progress.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:37 AM
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Default Congrats

Congratulations Brian, I am glad everything went well. Nice looking RV-10
Jennifer Cummins
NationAir Aviation Insurance
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:57 AM
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Default Cool

Thats a nice one!!! Great job!
RV-4 715hr Sold
RV-10 "School Bus" - +1700hr counting
RV-10 N7631T 820hr Sold
RV-8 700+hr
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:04 AM
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Default Congratulations!!

Brian, good job

And the Vans hobbs goes up another notch.
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

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 10-02-2013, 10:39 AM
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Congrats Brian, The aircraft turned out awesome. Can't wait to see if with my own eyes some time. Hopefully sooner then later
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:44 AM
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Way to go Brian!!!!!!
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
Joint Venture with Aircraft Specialty
Teflon Hose Assemblies for Experimentals
Proud Vendor for RV1, Donator to VAF
RV7A Tail Kit Completed, Fuse started-Pay as I go Plan, on hold while we develop new products for RV builders
Ridgeland, SC,
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:51 AM
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