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Old 08-20-2016, 11:39 AM
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Default The New Guy at Van's

As a result of the recent R&D Prototype Shop vacancy at Van's Aircraft I have the extreme pleasure to announce that I have been selected for the position.

I'd like to thank Rian Johnson, Scott Risan, Scott McDaniels and Ed Chesney for having the faith in my abilities to bring me into the Van's Aircraft family.

I also want to say THANK YOU to Mr. Richard VanGrunsven for making the whole RV community possible! Without him none of this would even exist.

The thrill and excitement I'm feeling are an order of magnitude beyond the feelings I had after I flew the first flight of my RV-6A 11 years ago!

I think the "RV Grin" on my face is permanent!
Opinions, information and comments are my own unless stated otherwise. They do not necessarily represent the direction/opinions of my employer.

Tony Kirk
Van's Aircraft Tech Support (working from home)
Building RV-7 (N777RV Assigned) First flight... Soon!
RV-6A N57TK, first flight 9/5/05...
Sold in 2011 after 725 hours of pure joy!
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Old 08-20-2016, 11:54 AM
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Congratulations and welcome aboard!
Joe Blank
Advanced Flight Systems

Van's Aircraft Inc. Technical Support-Retired
EAA Tech Counselor & Flight Advisor
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:57 PM
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Thumbs up Welcome to the West Coast!

And best of all...No more Toledo winters!
Tony was one of the first RV guys that I met when I was looking to buy. I throughly enjoyed the flight in his -6A.
Mark Ohlau
RV-6 N506MM VAF #1410
2017 Donation Made
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:52 PM
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Wow!! Congratulations to you. What an opportunity to work for the premier Aviation company in the world.

Vic Syracuse

Built RV-4, RV-6, 2-RV-10's, RV-7A, RV-8, Prescott Pusher, Kitfox Model II, Kitfox Speedster, Kitfox 7 Super Sport, Just Superstol, DAR, A&P/IA, EAA Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor, CFII-ASMEL/ASES/RW
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:10 PM
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Default New Guy

Congratulations Tony! What an awesome job!
Jerry Calvert
Yukon Ok
RV6 N296JC
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:04 AM
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Congrats Tony on what sounds like it must be the best job in the world.

RV-9A Airworthiness certificate Oct 2017,
first flight 11/18/17, testing completed Mar 2018.
Now free to move about the country.

2020 Dues Paid
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:55 AM
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Default Congratulations

Congratulations Tony. What an awesome job.
Now, I have a question...
Larry Larson
Estes Park, CO
wirejock at yahoo dot com
Donated 12/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (3,000+ hours)
Empennage, wings, fuse, finishing kit done. Working FWF
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
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