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Old 10-11-2017, 04:14 PM
Tom Martin Tom Martin is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
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We had a 8 day period of beautiful weather at the beginning of October and I was able to get my 25 hours flown off in 8 action packed days. Today after submitting the paperwork yesterday I got my final flight permit and the plane is ready for some adventures.
Nearing the end of the flight test period I was getting really comfortable with the airplane. Approaching the airport from the north I joined a mid field circuit at 1000 agl and immediately chopped power. At the time airspeed was about 100knots. A gradual curving approach easily had me make the field about 1/3 of the way down the runway, as planned. The RV14 is not a glider but it handled the situation with ease and it is a comfort to know that you can make the field if you are in a normal circuit. My rocket would have just made the field, maybe, depending on winds.
This little video was taken unbeknownst by myself, by Gary Wilcox. I believe it will give you an feeling for the landing.
Tom Martin RV1 pilot 4.6hours!
CPL & IFR rated
EVO F1 Rocket 1000 hours,
2010 SARL Rocket 100 race, average speed of 238.6 knots/274.6mph
RV4, RV7, RV10, two HRIIs and five F1 Rockets
RV14 Tail dragger

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St.Thomas, Ontario Canada, CYQS
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:16 AM
Canadian_JOY Canadian_JOY is offline
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Congratulations, Tom, on getting your hours flown off. Yes, we've had some glorious weather in October. While you were using it to fly off your hours, I was using it to finish preparations for MD-RA final inspection. Now I get to hope for flyable weather in early December or late November for a first flight, if all goes well. Meanwhile you can fly to where there is good weather. Well done!
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:23 AM
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Tom, love following your progress.

How did the 14 build and how did it fly *compared* to those other airplanes you've flown and built? A nice detailed review seems to be in order
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