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Old 04-17-2016, 01:01 PM
jswareiv jswareiv is offline
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Default Inaugural flight

N214SW took it's first flight today! I got my AC on Friday and this morning was the first chance to get it airborne. Flew great, jumped off the runway and somehow the plane greased the landing. I will be working on the video to post to my website, although it's not nearly as professional as Mitch's was. Everything worked as billed, the plane flew hands off at 4,000' in trim. I was not getting a reading for Fuel Flow, but overall that was the only issue. Weather was overcast except for a couple of holes, but at 3,000 it was clear blue sky. I did some slow flight, turns, stalls, then popped down through another hole to set up for landing. What a thrill after 2 ? years! Thank you's will come on the writeup. Been waiting to do the RV grin.

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Old 04-17-2016, 02:18 PM
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Congratulations Stoney! Well done!
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:19 PM
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Well done Stoney. Now you need to update your VAF signature block

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That looks better. Now, knock out that Phase I.

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Old 04-17-2016, 05:19 PM
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Now that's some awesome news! I bet that is a big relief after all that time! Glad it went well. Did you notice any engine cooling issues or anything during your flight? I'm a little curious how it will be, due to the fairly small exit area...unless the tunnel ends up adding a lot of airflow.
I'll be a few weeks yet, especially since I'll hopefully stop and paint it first, but hoping for June.
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Old 04-17-2016, 05:42 PM
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Awesome, congrats! I can't wait for your write up with all the details. Very jealous.

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Old 04-17-2016, 06:24 PM
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Default Congrats!

Well done Stoney! I will be looking for the video.
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:39 PM
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Congrats on the first flight, I'll also be a while yet. Still waiting on Van's to finish things up in order to finish up. Waiting for more details.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:19 PM
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Default Congratulations!

Got to be a thrill. Nicely done!
Thanks for your website..I'm a frequent visiter
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:43 PM
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Congratulations! It must feel wonderful. Be safe as you explore the flight envelope.

Thanks for being on the pointy end of the sword, blazing the trail on the RV-14/14a. All of us builders, a few months behind you, are benefiting greatly by your reports and observations. Keep em coming!

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Old 04-17-2016, 08:41 PM
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Default Video

Thank you to everyone for the nice comments. My video is not as good as Mitch's was, but here it is:

I hope you enjoy it.
First RV-14 Flight 04/17/2016
Serial #140087, N214SW - Sold
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