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Old 06-20-2016, 05:25 PM
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Default First flight video

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!

RV-7A, TMX-IO-320, FM-150, WWA 200RV
Flying since 28. April 2016

Last edited by swisseagle : 06-20-2016 at 05:38 PM. Reason: More info added.
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:58 PM
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12 years! Now that is determination! Congrats! Beautiful bird!
Sling 4 empennage kit on order!
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Current Piper Warrior PA-28-151 Owner/Pilot
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:59 PM
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Good looking bird, well done mate.

Please take care and enjoy
AJ Wessels (Perth Australia)

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Old 06-20-2016, 06:18 PM
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Really nice plane and video....congrats! You really have some tall trees and terrain to negotiate on final approach at your airport. Maybe a long lens on the camera makes them seem taller.
RV-9A "slider"--sold in July 2021
Flew to Osh in 2017, 2018 & 2019!
Donation made for 2021
You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky -- Amelia Earhart
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:22 PM
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Beautiful plane! Congrats!
Mike Hillger
Garden City, Texas
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:11 PM
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Looks Great! congratulations!
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:41 PM
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Great video, great looking airplane! It took me 11 years to do mine and had first flight last November. Definitely worth the perseverance. Congratulations!
Bruce Peters
Bakersfield, CA
RV-9A, Flying 11/21/15
Donation up to date 08/20
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:14 AM
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Thumbs up Best wishes

congratulations and best wishes. A real nice and perfect airplane.
Hope to see you at EAS-Meeting in Langenthal. Next week we want to fly to OUV and RV-Meeting to Hodenhagen.
Karsten Lorenz
Maulburg, Germany
RV-6 #25632, Flying since 20-07-04
O-360, Catto 3-Blade 68"x74"
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Karlo View Post
congratulations and best wishes. A real nice and perfect airplane.
Hope to see you at EAS-Meeting in Langenthal. Next week we want to fly to OUV and RV-Meeting to Hodenhagen.

From the pictures it looks to be one with a high quality standard! Congrats!

A suggestion from me:
Experimental Days on 1-2-3 July in EBLE:
RV9 #92188 - Working on wings

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Old 06-21-2016, 08:32 AM
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Congratulations on your achievement! Great looking plane.
Just passing 10 years myself.
John Keen
RV-7 flying
Gold Coast, Australia
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