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Old 05-07-2014, 12:41 PM
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Default First flight N516RC

N516RC, #72779, RV 7, TW, Slider, flew for the first time at about 8pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. After 7-3/4 years of building by my wife (aka Moonpie) and me (aka RVRC), Moonpie II took air beneath her wings over KCUB. As dark was rapidly approaching, I only flew for 0.2 hr. The Y0-360-A1A and blended airfoil Hartzell prop had it leap into the air almost before I was ready. WOW what a thrill! The landing was fine, straight forward, no problems.
There are so many people to thank for assistance in building this plane. First would have to be my wife. She has bucked 99% of the rivets and did 99.9% of the fiberglass work. This has definitely been a joint project. Ken (Lurch) Harrill (RV6) was my tech councilor and backed up by James (Chatterbox) Clark (RV6, 6A, 8). James also flew chase on my first flight. Ken was Mission Controller. Other RV people involved were Tom and Don Roberts, Mike Hoover, Scott McElroy, Eduardo Irizarry, Mac Burton, Steve Richardson, Clark Schadle, Melinda Harrill, Bill and Carol Deane, Rick Morris and DAR Vic Syracuse. Many thanks to every one of you. Also thanks to some non-RVers, Jack, Ron and many others from EAA Chapter 242.
Thanks to everyone at Advanced Flight System for a wonderful product and support, Stein and crew at SteinAir. Are you happy Stein? I?m broke! Cleaveland Aircraft Tool, Avery Tools, Vertical Power, Aircraft Spruce, Classic Aero Designs for a great interior and of course Van?s Aircraft for a great airplane! I know there is no way I could have built this without VAF and all the people that have had input on the forums. You have put information here that I have searched and re-searched in finding solutions to our questions. Because of that, I have only had to contact the factory a couple of times. Thanks, Doug, for the site!

Ready for the first flight.

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The RV Grin!

Robert Cutter
RC & Moonpie
RV7 slider - First flight 5/3/14
Over 500 hours on the Hobbs now
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:53 PM
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Default Let ME be the first -

Terry Small
RV-7 "Sasha" (1000th completed), IO-390, SJ cowl, ww prop
Deferred by combat (OEF '04 - '05, AH-64A) Donates by choice and love the OT humor.
Built a 4 place Bearhawk

You only live once and if you do it right, thatís all you need. . . .Mae West
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by RVRC View Post

Many thanks to every one of you.

You are welcome Robert. Now get out of "the box", pack Moonpie and head North. There is a bungalow in Maine. Oh and congratulations
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:37 PM
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Default Very nice

Congratulations is not a big enough word for your accomplishment!

Bill Fearheiley
Lake Norman, NC (14A)
RV7a N705RP (no longer own)
Contribution in for 2017, money well spent
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:23 PM
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Default Congratulations!!

Big congrats to both of you, three if you include the plane

Pretty sure I know where this photo is going to show up tomorrow morning.

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 05-07-2014, 09:59 PM
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Default Congratulations!

Have fun with phase 1!
I hope to see you guys over here in Louisiana soon!

Mark Burns
Ruston, Louisiana
RV-7A N781CM 1,700+ hrs
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:06 AM
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Default Sweet

Congratulations! Now visit They're doing my wings later this year.

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 05-08-2014, 06:27 AM
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Wow! I hope mine turns out that good! Congrats to you and Moonpie #1!
Mike Hillger
Garden City, Texas
First Flight
Dues Paid
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:11 AM
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Great news. Congratulations!
Jeff Bloomquist
Sumner, WA

1150 Hours
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:20 AM
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Congrats to the both of you. She looks great!

RV-9A Airworthiness certificate Oct 2017,
first flight 11/18/17, testing completed Mar 2018.
Now free to move about the country.

2020 Dues Paid
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