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Old 05-08-2014, 08:32 AM
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Default First flight RV-7A 377KG

Well after 6 years, 3 military PCS moves and 2 deployments, 377KG took to the skys with Vic Syracuse (DAR/multiple builder) at the helm. Vic did an outstanding inspection that found stuff I never would have thought, like the loose alternator wire at the fuse on the panel. Once I fixed the too do list and buttoned it up Vic took to the skys, sure glad that I had Vic do the first flight, not so proud that I have to be first, Vic provided a wealth of info on how my plane flys. In addition to Vic, special thanks to Kent Stitt (RV7A), Loyyd Montegue (RV8), Guy Prevost (RV8A), Sid 'Scroll' Mayeux (RV7A) for their help and advice. And of course my wife Kathy who understood my dream.

Best of all, I get to change my Vans AF signature block to "FLYING"

Paul 'Bugsy' Gardetto, Col, USAF (ret)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Timmerman Field)
N377KG - Flying (250 hrs)
RV-7A, Aerosport O-360, WW200RV
Advanced Flight 5400
Avidyne IFD440
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:55 AM
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Congrats Paul!!!
Jim Brown
Carrollton, GA
Lyons Landing
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:00 AM
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Default Congratulations!!

And the Hobbs ticks off another one
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 05-08-2014, 09:51 AM
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Congrats Paul!

Dan Thompson
RV-6A - N426JM - 180hp / C.S. / dual PMags
NC26 - Long Island Airpark, NC
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:41 AM
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Default Congratulations

Sweeeet! Congratulations.
Larry Larson
Estes Park, CO
wirejock at yahoo dot com
Donated 12/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (3,000+ hours)
Empennage, wings, fuse, finishing kit done. Working FWF
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 05-08-2014, 10:54 AM
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Talking Excellent

Fly off the hours, learn the plane and enjoy the stuffing out of it. Good job.

Just grabbing a beer and sitting on a lawn chair looking at what you built...and what it can do....simply one of the great pleasures.

Rick Woodall C-GSTT "ghost"
9a -TMX io-320, catto three blade, dual dynon hdx with a/p. 900+ hrs in 8 yrs flying.

Flew to Osh 11,12,15,17,19. SNF 2013. West to Cali /Washington/Vancouver/crossed the Rockies north to Red Deer east to Moosonee and over to maritimes. South to Jekyll Isl, cedar key, and Key West etc. 7 trips and 17 islands of the Bahamas. Flown turtles and dogs for Pilots n Paws too. Love our Rv's
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:00 AM
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Congrats, enjoy phase 1!
RV 7 590 hours and counting
21 donation done
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:02 AM
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Congrats, its been a busy "first flight" spring! Enjoy your new airplane
Ron Duren
Mechanical Engineer
"SportAir PhD"-RV Assembly/Composites/Electrical
Denver, CO (KBJC)
RV-7 'Tip Up'
Flying!! as of 3/16/14
IO-375/WW 200G-CS/SkyView/Dual P-mags
N531R "Wablosa" Wings of Red
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:28 PM
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Great job, Paul. Congratulations...and thank you for your service! Have fun in your 7A.

So, have you decided which model you will be building next?
Jim Hall
VAF Annual Dues Paid
Former President, EAA Chapter 309 - EAA 309
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:46 PM
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Way to go! Congrats!!
Kelly Johnson
San Jose, CA

Pink slip issued: 5/7/12

First flight: 5/28/12, Memorial Day.

Phase I Complete: 8/18/12!
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