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Old 10-26-2016, 01:43 PM
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Default 2 1/2 Year Old son's first flight in my RV-7

Yesterday evening I took my 2 1/2 year old son, Charlie, up in my RV-7 for the first time! As a father and professional pilot, there was nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on his face! He has ridden with my wife and I in his car seat in the back of a C-182 on a few previous occasions but this was a completely different experience for both of us. My father and I spent 5 long years building the -7 and to now fly my son in an airplane I built is sure a special experience.
Over the course of the last several months, I've brought Charlie out to the hangar with me to tinker on the airplane so he could get familiar with it and identify it as ours. Then I started putting him in the right seat and securing the harness and turning on the panel so he could see it light up. Being only 2 1/2, I didn't want him to be able to play with the control stick so had to add an electrical connector where the right stick break is so that it could be completely removed. I also made some cushions to raise him up and forward in the seat. Last week I strapped him in and we taxi'd around the airport a little bit so I could gauge how well he would do. He loved it and said he wanted to go fly! I made him wait a couple more days just to be sure. Last night I strapped him in and skyward we went! I had planned to take-off and fly the pattern to an immediate landing but once we were on downwind I asked him if he wanted to keep going and he said YES so we ventured out a couple miles before heading back. On the drive home all he could talk about was flying in "dadda's airplane". Truly a special day for both of us!

Now I won't feel as bad leaving my wife and two kids at home when I want to go flying on the weekends. My wife will be thrilled for me to take Charlie to burn some 100LL with me .







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Old 10-26-2016, 01:52 PM
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Awesome Trevor!

To bad for Dewey, seems like he now has to get in line behind Charlie to fly the -7
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Old 10-26-2016, 02:08 PM
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Awesome Trevor!

To bad for Dewey, seems like he now has to get in line behind Charlie to fly the -7
Too funny! I was thinking the same. We sure are glad for you and your family!!!

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Old 10-26-2016, 02:32 PM
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That is cool!

Side note:
Isn't a VTO a bit extreme for a first/orientation flight?
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:29 PM
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That is cool!

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Isn't a VTO a bit extreme for a first/orientation flight?
Stupid windows 10 auto-rotate!
EDIT: Fixed it!
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:30 PM
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Awesome Trevor!

To bad for Dewey, seems like he now has to get in line behind Charlie to fly the -7
Yeah he has been demoted to the Cessna 140!!
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:36 PM
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What a great way to spread the spirit! I was thinking VTO when I saw that first pic too. Incredible performance in these aircraft, but not that incredible.
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Thanks for sharing Trevor. It brought a smile to my face. You have a lovely family and an awfully nice looking RV-7.

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So cool! And I'm glad to see your story made the front page today, Trevor. That's funny about your Dad, too.
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What a great story. Trevor, thank you for sharing your story. It put an "RV Grin" on my face this morning and I haven't even left the house
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