Well, the project came to the last milestone ... FIRSTFLIGHT! This after 12 years of hard work, beside family with two kid’s, beside a job. Many holidays which I spend in the workshop, many weeks not enough sleep or relaxing time ... but I enjoyed building very much.
A bit burned out of everything, I just want to celebrate this moment with you! VAF was a great help, thank you all!
Later on; I will show you more in the virtual hangar section about the plane and all the small details.
The Swiss equivalent of EAA, which is supporting and supervising the building phase and flight testing, was the meaning, that I'm not qualified to perform the first flight by myself
That was not so easy to swallow! But after such a long time, I could not wait anymore, nor fly to the US and get a transition training (which for sure would be the absolute best). So I handed the plane to Tony, a FI with more than 33'000h. Ok, he is not the youngest anymore, but he for sure knows what he is doing, he knows the RV and had done a great job. After 28min he came back, with Tony in the right seat, I started to my first flight and all is fine again!
Here is the great video that my buddy Juergen at work put together for me. All sequences are from these first flights, videos and then photos. Take the time, a big screen and turn the music on, enjoy it!
In Switzerland, a kit build plane is not named an experimental, it is a homebuild and need to be named like that.
Ups! I need to change my signature ... and pay Doug for 2015/2016!