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Old 06-11-2016, 06:08 PM
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Smile First Flight, Unique addition to the RV Family!!!

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

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??
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Extra hours, days, and even years went into the design and fabrication for this unique engine installation and cowling.



The boys Mika and Matthis have been helping hands whenever they could over many years of construction.



Klaus had many fine RV examples in Germany with experienced help from these builders. Here he is posing with Herman and his -7.
And in the background is another example of Klaus-Peter’s work, the control tower! His company designs and fabricates steel stairs, catwalks and fire escape type structures.
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Shot taken from the tower with Klaus-Peter, son Matthis, Herman Schiele, Klaus's wife Anke, my wife Katie, my (single) sister Beth, and son Mika.


I believe we will all remember the first take-off of the kit plane we build, but if you are like me the first landing you will remember even better! Oh! What a relief it was!!! Klaus said his was perfect! And he did come to Oregon to train with Mike Seager last summer.



And another “RV Grin” as Klaus-Peter rolls back to the hangar after his first 30 minutes of flight in his new RV-7. Do you think he looks happy?


This first flight success could not have happened to a more deserving man and his family. I wish you all the very best flying times with your new RaVen!
PROST!!!
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That. Is. Awesome!!!!!!!

Many congrats!!!!!!
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Old 06-12-2016, 08:49 PM
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Thumbs up Great job!

That is quite an accomplishment! Many safe flights ahead...
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Old 06-12-2016, 08:52 PM
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Nice work Klaus. Love the sound of that engine. Really smooth. John
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:36 PM
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I was waiting for this day !! Congratulations.
Another happy RV pilot!
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:17 AM
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That is really quite the accomplishment!! Way to go Klaus! Can we hope to get a video walk-around and flight for this beautiful airplane someday soon? It would be great!
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:44 AM
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Thumbs up Congratulations!!

Klaus-Peter,
again, my best wishes and congratulation for the first flight.
You built an extraordinary and perfect plane.
I had the luck to be a whitness at Friday evening in Winzeln-Schramberg and with Clemens, we flew with his RV-7 as escort plane. I think we all had our RV-Grin in the face until the next day.
I hope my -6 will be ready within 1 year so we can make commen RV-trips.
Good Luck (again) for your flight testing
Karsten
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Old 06-13-2016, 08:39 AM
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Congratulation's on the First Flight! I don't think I have seen one of those power plants, can you give us some details.
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