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Old 06-05-2018, 11:42 AM
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Default First Flight

As of 8am this morning, (June 5), RV-9 N556RM, made its first flight at the Chester Catawba Regional airport in South Carolina.

The plane performed as expected for a Van's Aircraft - perfect!

Wind was from the North at 4mph, temperature was 65 degrees, barometric pressure was 29.89. Took off, climbed to pattern altitude at 100mph, made the turns in the pattern, throttled back, flaps at 80mph, got 70mph on final, the mains touched, very slight hop, mains back down - stuck, tail dropped a short time later, taxied back to hangar.

What a glorious day! She flies!

Started this project in April 2006, first flight 12 years and 2 months later.

'Bought dern time!
"Pilots: Looking down on people since 1903"
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RV-9, N556RM, O-320, Dual PMags, Catto 3 blade.
FLYING since 2018
Mosquito XEL ready for flight
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Old 06-05-2018, 12:12 PM
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Wheres the pics?
Brandon Flores
N710LL Reserved
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:17 PM
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Default Congratulations

Congrats on the new fledgling--------and a second to the photo request.
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:41 PM
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Default Congrats Robert

I like seeing the numbers on Van's hobb meter climb for the 9's.
RV-9A Based K6I2
Flying - out of Phase 1
Building RV-12 with brother
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:51 PM
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It's a huge accomplishment.

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Old 06-05-2018, 04:59 PM
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Great job Robert!

Mark, add another RV-9 Dragon Tail to the list.
Bill R.
RV-9 (Yes, it's a dragon tail)
O-360 w/ dual P-mags
Build the plane you want, not the plane others want you to build!
SC86 - Easley, SC

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Old 06-05-2018, 05:16 PM
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Default Awesome

Congrats! Enjoy.
Ed Avila
St. Johns, AZ (SJN)
N646A RV9
Worlds longest RV build...but getting there
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Old 06-05-2018, 07:57 PM
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Default Congratulations!

You will find the 9 to be an Amazing time machine! Enjoy!
Jim Buechler
RV 9A - N194HW
I/O 360, Whirlwind 200RV C/S, Slider
RV 10 - 313RT
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:32 AM
dwranda dwranda is offline
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Congrats!! I can't wait for my first flight.
9A in progress
Working on Finish kit!!
Mattituck TMXIO-360 red gold
Dues paid April 2021
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Old 06-06-2018, 12:14 PM
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12 years! that is some perseverance.
Have a safe and uneventful Phase 1.
Bruce Hill
RV-9A N5771H flown over 900 hours!
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