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Old 05-19-2014, 11:01 PM
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Default First Flight for "WindRider"

On April 26 Kit No. 73504 became "WindRider", the airplane. Three years of building came to a wonderful conclusion.

On May 7th "WindRider" took to the skies over Houston. She flew hands off, and the engine preformed well. Her older brother RV-4 "WindRunner" watched from the ground. "WindRunner" was originally built by Richard Smith of Vans Aircraft in 1987 and I took her through an upgrade and makeover with the help and guidance of David Grover and Nick Nafsinger of Houston's Lone Star Squadron. Their help provided the spark to take on the RV-7 project. Their help, and the encouragement of all of the other LSS members was essential in the completion of this build.

"WindRider" getting some last minute instructions from "WindRunner"

GRT plus GTN plus VPX makes for a pretty good panel.

It's not possible to thank everyone involved in this journey. My wife encouraged me and endured me. My fellow pilots were always ready to answer questions. Van's staff ALWAYS helped when I needed it. Vendors were without exception ready to provide solutions. One only needs to look at the side bars of this site to know who helped. And to everyone who ever posted a technique, work around, solution, or opinion on this site, thank you. One final thank you to Doug Reeves for hosting this exceptional site.
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:51 AM
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Default Congratulations!

Outstanding work Rick, and a great RV Grin with your certificate.


RV7A - purchased flying 05/2020
RV6A - sold
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:26 AM
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Outstanding job, Rick! Looks like you've got the edge on standard squadron colors! !

Mine's back on line, so we need to go fly.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:37 AM
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Great job Rick!
Twice as much fun!
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:39 AM
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Location: Utah
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Congratulations! It looks like we have a new formation team. Who will be flying the 4?
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:42 AM
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Default Nice

Bob "Skyking" Corriveau
Yes I paid my =VAF= membership dues!
RV-8 QB Reserved N212KB

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"Nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished without inspiration, determination, and perspiration!"
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:45 AM
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Congratulations on the family addition. I hope this will not bring on any sibling rivalry!.
RV-9A started April 2011
Flying May 2014
Sold Oct 2014-Not one of my best decisions

2021 Dues Paid
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:07 AM
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That's a beautiful instrument panel, too!
Katie Bosman
EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council
Rebuilt most of SNF tornado victim RV-3B Tony Boy II (had to sell him, but he's flying!)
VAF Dues Paid 2021!
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:54 PM
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Default Twins

blessed with twins again.
We are proud of you.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:38 PM
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Nice ride Rick!

Have fun flying the time off!

I'll be happy to keep your -4 from felling neglected.
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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