It is with great pleasure that I get the rights to tell you Klaus-Peter Morhard of Southern Germany has successfully completed his first flight of his LOM engine powered RV-7!!!
I first met Klaus and his family two summers ago when we accepted his request (on VAF) to host his son Matthis for a school year here in Wilsonville Oregon. So we have been following the -7 project, anticipating the long awaited first flight. The decision to install a non-Lycoming power plant as always brings difficulty and added design and fabrication. Klaus-Peter?s strive for perfection might have also added a bit of time. Even the need to change prop choices after a failed test run added almost a year. But Klaus kept at it over many years and built a beautiful airplane!
And Friday here is what I heard from Klaus in Germany:
Hello my friends!
I did not have the time to answer your last e-mail, because I prepared my first flight.
AND TODAY - this was the day!!!!!!!!!
I?m still flying and the feeling is better than I thought it would be.
I was flying for 30 minutes and everything was just wonderful!
Great TAKE OFF and PERFECT LANDING!
Anke and Mika and some friends have been at the airport and ------- STANDING OVATIONS?..
I?m sitting in the living room, but still flying
And it is a pity---- tomorrow and all the weekend and all the next week will be bad weather and rain rain rain.
So the next flight has to wait. But I?m impatient to have the wonderful flying machine under my ?()?.
The first flight was with the parachute, but now I will fly just to have fun fun fun fun fun fun?? and Mika is also impatient to fly with me.
Matthis is still on the ?road? , but he will arrive today or tomorrow at midnight. He will also be very surprised about my good time in my RAVEN
You see I?m so excited and I?m sure the feeling will last very long????
My RV is not very fast, because I have less power than the LYCO ones, but it is very very economic. 135 kts and just 23 litres per hour?? that means 6.5 hours endurance?.
But this numbers have to be confirmed the next flights?..
Anyway I?m so happy, because I feared the first flight, but it flew like a real RV. Just wonderful!
Last night I could not sleep because I was afraid ----- and this night I will not sleep, because the feeling is so great.
Klaus-Peter Morhard is a happy man after his first flight of a long and sometimes challenging project.
The LOM engine required a one-up custom fabricated engine mount. As design and fabrication of metal structures is Klaus-Peter?s profession, he had a leg up on this.
Matthis Morhard hanging out with the Locals in Oregon
Oregon native hanging out with the Locals in Germany! Klaus-Peter becomes a Van?s RV Rep each year at Germany?s AERO Show. Also shown is Van?s own Funnyman, Daryl.
Klaus-Peter had some good friends look over his -7 during construction and certification. Here is Airplane Designer Ken Krueger posing with Klaus and his ?Raven?.
Many people will continue to ask; ?What?s under the cowl??