Very happy to report that after 8 1/2 years of very slowly Quick-Building, I flew my RV-7 on its maiden flight September 28, 2014! The DAR inspection was the day before. I orbited the airport at 2000', while running the new engine hard for about forty minutes, before a small contingent of friends and family watched me land. The airplane flew beautifully - no surprise! Thanks to a whole lot of people who helped me get this done. First to Van and all the people at Van's Aircraft. What a great design and super company. Next, to all of you here at VAF. Doug, et al, this has been a daily stop for me for a long time. I would have quit if it were not for all the great information, shared difficulties, and solutions that you pass along. Several of you have or had your own websites that I visited countless times, including of course, Dan C., who gave me my first RV-7 ride many years ago. I had already bought the kit and was very happy to confirm that an RV-7 handled so well. Bob Collins is an inspiration that through example, drove me onward. Thanks to my friends at ILG, who made certain that I kept focused on the "end game", and who share in this passion of ours. Dave D. thanks for letting me fly your PA-20 whenever I could. That short-winged Piper was great preparation. Finally, thanks to my family, some of whom drove a few rivets or more, and especially to my wife, who never waivered in her support of 'the airplane'.
I have flown twice more - the Grin is still there!
Here are three pictures taken by Rob D. (thanks Rob) 9/28/14: