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Old 12-13-2013, 01:00 PM
ao.frog ao.frog is offline
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Location: Manstad, Norway
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Default First engine start!

On Wednesday this week, the XIO-360 Lycoming finally woke up from it's long snooze! It was a milestone we had been looking forward to, and now the time was come!

First: some last words with the projects inspector:

We had requested that firestation at the airport would send over a fire-truck, just in case:

The fire-crew where ready:

And then it was time to turn the key....
A little coughing, then on the second start-attempt, the Lyc woke up with a welcome ROOOOAAARRRRRR:

After a 3 min run on 1200 RPM, it was time to shut down and I was VERY happy:

At once, the inspector started to look for leaks, but found none:

Lastly a look at the panel:

As you can see, I have built the plane so the right seat is pilot seat.

Here a closer look:

As in my first -7, I have installed EFIS'es from AFS because I'm VERY pleased with their products and their customer support. It's among the very best I have ever experienced!

So now it's time to finish up the paperwork and then wait for the final inspection by "Luftfartstilsynet" (equals the FAA).
That'll happen sometime in mid January and then it's time for first flight!
Regards Alf Olav Frog / Norway
First RV-7 completed, (bought partly finished from a US-builder) 305 hrs per July 2014, SOLD
Second -7 had first flight Feb 25th 2014. 220 hrs pr July 2019. Life is good!
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:02 PM
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mike newall mike newall is offline
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Ribbit....... Ribbitt.......

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Old 12-13-2013, 01:09 PM
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Default Congratulations!!

Alf, congrats on this new milestone
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 12-16-2013, 06:44 PM
Robert Anglin Robert Anglin is offline
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Location: houston, texas
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Default Fire what??

I like the fire guys in this. You make us look bad as we just get a tail rope and a garden hose dragged out close. cool stuff keep it coming.
Yours as always R.E.A. III #80888
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:16 PM
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Very nicely done Alf!

Congrats on your first engine start!
Bill R.
RV-9 (Yes, it's a dragon tail)
O-360 w/ dual P-mags
Build the plane you want, not the plane others want you to build!
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