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Old 01-30-2018, 07:23 PM
BillL BillL is offline
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Location: Central IL
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Default First Flight RV-7

It finally happened. A very cool, but calm day.

Heavy left wing, but otherwise very familiar handling characteristics. The cabin heat worked nicely at 6500 ft and 25F. A little draft from the spar box.

Smooth and wiggled at ~47 kts with 20 deg flaps. Nice cruise at ~150kts with 23" and 2340 rpm.

Now comes the tuning, data collection and airmanship proficiency improvement.
Several people deserve some personal thanks, as well as the VAF members at large. A new beginning.


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Old 01-30-2018, 07:25 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Great news, Bill! Congratulations!

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Old 01-30-2018, 07:29 PM
crabandy crabandy is offline
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AllRight Bill!!
RV 7 590 hours and counting
21 donation done
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:47 PM
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Location: Hobbs, NM
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Awesome Bill! A couple of more weeks will make a year since my first flight. A very momentous occasion and fun times! It just keeps getting better! Many congrats to you!

RV-7A Tip Up Airworthy on 12/20/2016
RV-10 Emp 95% complete - sold
RV-14A Empennage Done,
RV-14A Front Fuse kit Done
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:55 PM
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Default Congratulations Bill!

The life won't be the same. Enjoy her! Please keep contributing don't go away as many of us did after Phase One.
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:44 PM
mdevans9 mdevans9 is offline
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Default Wonderful!

Nice Bill! Congratulations!

Which rudder are you flying with?

Very best regards,

Merrill D. Evans
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:29 AM
StuBob StuBob is offline
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Congratulations, Bill!
Stu F.
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:22 AM
KatanaPilot KatanaPilot is offline
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Location: Locust Grove, GA
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Congratulations Bill!

Looking forward to performance reports on the wide chord composite Hartzell and on your beautifully made plenum. I'm about a month behind you with a similar setup.
Krea Ellis

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DA20-A1 "Princess Amelia" - gone home to Amelia Island
RV-7A Phase 2 (Honored to be Van's "Miss July" 2021)
RV-10 under construction at Synergy Air South
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:26 AM
schaplerrh schaplerrh is offline
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CONGRAT!!! Polish, don't paint. Lots of work but will be an eye catcher at the $100 burger ramp -- especially to the non-flying dreamers dining at the local airport café wherever she takes you.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:33 AM
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Congratulations BillL. Big day.
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