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Old 11-30-2014, 04:30 PM
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Default First Engine Start - RV-7 - N77PB

I accomplished the first engine start of my RV-7 after 8 years and 8 months of building today, November 30, 2014:

http://youtu.be/2i4-blU6CzE

No drips or leaks! It didn't start on first try because I didn't prime the AFP fuel injection system long enough. After more priming it popped right off on second attempt.

Location: Newnan/Coweta County Airport (KCCO), Newnan, Georgia.
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Old 11-30-2014, 04:55 PM
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Wohoo awesome! Great job Paul! Not many builders report such a success on Nov 30th
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:57 PM
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Wohoo awesome! Great job Paul! Not many builders report such a success on Nov 30th
I started building the RV-7 in Minnesota, and it would be unusual to have a first engine start there on 11/30, but here in Georgia it would be more unusual in July or August. Weather was perfect here for first engine start - sunny and temps in the upper 60's
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Congrats! Engine sounded real nice. What engine and prop did you install?
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:21 PM
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Fantastic! Let me know how you like the prop. I have the same.

Congratulations on first start!!
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:48 PM
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Congrats! The end of the tunnel is coming. You will love this airplane!
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:56 PM
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Congrats! Engine sounded real nice. What engine and prop did you install?
The engine is an ECI Titan IO360-B1B assembled by AeroSport Power swinging a 72" Hartzell composite constant speed prop.

The combination seems to be really smooth on first impression.
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Fantastic! Let me know how you like the prop. I have the same.

Congratulations on first start!!
Bill,

I've been following your progress as well.

So far, I love the prop. But the chord of the prop is so wide I ended up mounting the engine cowl as far aft as I could, and I had the coarse/high pitch stop adjusted from 32 degrees to 28 degrees to clear the engine cowl by slightly less than 1/2" at high pitch. I was able to have the coarse pitch stop adjusted locally at Sensenich Propeller in Gainesville, Georgia, while I waited, for a reasonable charge.

I understand that Hartzell now offers a "G" hub that extends the prop a little further forward to clear the Van's (or Sam James) engine cowl. When I purchased the prop that hub was not offered.
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Paul, Congrats on the engine start. Let us know when you plan on your first flight. There are plenty of RVers around here . . . we would love to make an "event" out of it , especially if the weather continues to be as beautiful as it was today.
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