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Old 02-29-2020, 11:22 AM
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Default First flight!!

My RV-14A project, having received its airworthiness certificate from Vic last Saturday, became an airplane yesterday.

The first flight went very well. The plane handled as expected: it was nimble, agile, and well-controlled. All temps and pressures remained in the green.

It was a typical busy day at KISM, with lots of training and warbird activity taking place during my flight. The tower controllers were great - kidding me on the frequency about having done something right since it flew (this, about 300 feet up on climbout), checking on my progress as I circled the field about 400 feet above pattern altitude (below the overlying Class B shelf), and congratulating me on rollout after landing. Well-done, guys, and much appreciated!

Despite it being quite a bumpy day, the -14A was relatively stable. Much more so than my -8 would have been. Not sure if that's down to the different wing, but it was a noticeable (and positive!) difference. I even managed a good landing, so that was a nice bonus.

Thanks to my wife, Jean, and my group of -14(A) friends and fellow builders: Alex, Mark, Shane, Dan, and Glenn. You guys have all been fantastic throughout the process and I appreciate your being here for me on multiple occasions. I'm looking forward to reciprocating - in the RV!!


RV-8 N118KB (#81125) - Sold
RV-14A N114KB (#140494) - Sold
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Old 02-29-2020, 11:26 AM
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Congrats, Ken!
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Building RV-8A since Sept 2014
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Old 02-29-2020, 11:56 AM
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Congrats, from here on it is only going to be fun.
N825SM RV7A - IO360M1B - SOLD
N825MS RV14A - IO390 - SOLD
N258SM RV14A - IO390EXP119 - in progress
Dues paid
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Old 02-29-2020, 12:18 PM
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Awesome congratulations !!!!
Sadly sold my RV-8 however still trying to enjoy life by living on my airport with FREE campsites for pilots to enjoy & flying my OnSpeed equipped C-177 while waiting for the RV15 !

Exempt by 3 out of the 10 ways but I still donated.
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Old 02-29-2020, 01:56 PM
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Nice! Congratulations.
Todd N.
Southwest Ontario
RV-14 - #140665: finishing tailcone, fuselage and finishing kit ordered.
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Old 02-29-2020, 05:51 PM
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Default Congratulations!

Most excellent! Go give her a good workout
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 02-29-2020, 05:56 PM
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Default Congratulations Ken!!!!

Outstanding news sir!
Wishing you a smooth phase 1.
All the best,
Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since '07 (started it in '96).
  • Typed in the EMB-505 (Phenom 300). Available for contract work. (flying resume).
  • Part time: Supporting Crew Member CAE EMB-505 Level D Sim @ KDFW.
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Old 02-29-2020, 06:02 PM
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Default Enjoy

Nice bird, enjoy the best is yet to come.
Rick Woodall C-GSTT "ghost"
9a -TMX io-320, catto three blade, dual dynon hdx with a/p. 900+ hrs in 8 yrs flying.

Flew to Osh 11,12,15,17,19. SNF 2013. West to Cali /Washington/Vancouver/crossed the Rockies north to Red Deer east to Moosonee and over to maritimes. South to Jekyll Isl, cedar key, and Key West etc. 7 trips and 17 islands of the Bahamas. Flown turtles and dogs for Pilots n Paws too. Love our Rv's
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:05 PM
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Congratulations! Btw, Love your builders blog, refer to it often. Hope to join you later this summer.

RV 14A
Serial 140118
Donation - 2021 gladly done!
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Old 03-01-2020, 04:22 AM
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Thanks, guys; much appreciated!

RV-8 N118KB (#81125) - Sold
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