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Old 05-28-2014, 03:49 PM
seattleworm seattleworm is offline
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Default N168LW flies

After 3 years and 2 months, N168LW took to the sky for the first time on 5/27/2014 for about 40min. After slight trimming, it flew hands off. First flight showed that I probably need half ball right rudder trim, but I will live with for now until I have a better feeling about the trim. No major squawks. FWF is as clean as before the flight, no leak, no chafing. Some minor things to work on. Got some radio interference when strobe is on, not bad, just annoying. Also, the Van's stall warner came alive too early, so I got this LOUD warning sound during my entire landing flare, until the airplane slows down to taxi speed. I will have to tweak the angle a bit. Maybe once I have my AOA calibrated, I will just disconnect the stall warner.

Shawn Li
RV-7-First Flight 5/27/2014
RV-10, Tailcone completed, wings in work

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Old 05-28-2014, 04:06 PM
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Default Congratulations

Awesome! I love it.
Larry Larson
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Donated 12/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (3,000+ hours)
Empennage, wings, fuse, finishing kit done. Working FWF
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:15 PM
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Default Nice!

Congrats! Looks like a lot of fun! Fast build too!
Mike Hillger
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:31 PM
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Default Congratulations!

Wonderful Shawn! Enjoy fruits of your hard work.
Where is N666BK?

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Old 05-28-2014, 05:31 PM
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You have the same look on your face as I did, game face hiding my true feeling. Holy cow can't believe I'm flying my airplane.

Paul 'Bugsy' Gardetto, Col, USAF (ret)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Timmerman Field)
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:49 PM
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Default Congratulations!!

Shawn, big congrats on your first flight

'Nother tick on the Hobbs.
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

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Old 05-28-2014, 09:11 PM
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Congratulations, guess this means you'll be in Oshkosh
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:51 AM
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Congratulations Shawn! I just discovered your build web site. What a wealth of information!

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Old 05-29-2014, 08:23 AM
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Congrats Shawn, great job, great video
Bob Collins
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Now Flying P337
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:44 AM
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Congratulations! Many years of enjoyment and adventure are ahead of you!
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