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Old 06-17-2020, 01:30 PM
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Default RV7 N430WB First Flight!

After 8.5 years of slow building, 2311 hours in the builders log, RV7 N430WB finally broke the surly bonds today for a successful first flight from KHAF Half Moon Bay, CA. Engine ran well; CHT's a little hot prior to break in but totally manageable. The pitot ASI died on takeoff, but I was able to fly with the GPS GS reading on Garmin. Slightly heavy right wing, but very easy to trim out.

Overall, it was a non-event! I went up with Brian Branscomb under AC 90-116, a hangar neighbor, ATP, CFI, A&P and lifelong home builder with ~10 first flights in his logbook to help keep eyes on things; he said he was a little bored -- a perfect low drama flight.

I even managed a totally respectable 3 point landing; of course it was early morning at the field and there was no one to see it.

Post flight de-cowling showed no leaks or any other issues.

Finally happy to be flying!

Let's go play!

In the air, surprisingly, I'm not freaking out very much . The plane flew just like the 7 I flew with Mike Seager in Oregon. Handling was smooth and precise. Fun plane to fly!

Cockpit shot; Garmin G3X was working well. ASI is dead -- gotta now pull lots of screws to see where it got disconnected (I'm betting the wing root connection)

Good morning San Francisco!! Don't mind us, we're just FLYING HERE!

KHAF looking north from 3500 .. no SF fog! (and no howler of a crosswind that kept us grounded yesterday)

Half Moon Bay town looking south

On the ground; activate "the grin"

In the Foreflight permanent record. 1.3 on the Hobbs.

Thanks to all of YOU who helped in innumerable ways over the past 8.5 years to get this plane in the air.
Bill Bencze
N430WB RV-7 @KHAF, Flying 100+ hrs
VAF 2021 donation happily made
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Old 06-17-2020, 01:44 PM
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Beautiful pictures and wonderful news!

Many congrats and a low-hassle Phase 1 to you!!!!

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 06-17-2020, 01:56 PM
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Default Congratulations

Bill, congrats on the new fledgling
Mike Starkey
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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 06-17-2020, 02:44 PM
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Congratulation....Good inspiration for us still in the middle of our builds.
Michael Fleming
Joseph, OR
sagriver at icloud dot com

RV-7 Slider #74572
Started 11/2016
Empennage completed 11/2016 (sans fiberglass)
Ailerons and flaps completed 3/2017.
Wings completed 12/2017
Started on QB fuselage 01/2018
Sliding canopy mostly completed 10/2020
Wiring and Avionics harness completed 9/2/2021
FWF Started 9/3/2021

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Old 06-17-2020, 06:48 PM
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Default Based at KHAF?

Are you based at KHAF? What's a good place to stay for a fly-in weekend?

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Old 06-17-2020, 06:58 PM
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Congratulations! Well done. No drama is the way it?s supposed to go.
Now fly, test, and check, check, check. Keep the power up!
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SZD 48-2 sold
2018, 19, 20 Dues paid
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:14 PM
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Well heck ya! Congrats and enjoy phase 1!
Jereme Carne
RV-7A Flying as of 03/2021
Exempt but gladly paying!
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave H. View Post
Are you based at KHAF? What's a good place to stay for a fly-in weekend?
Hi Dave, yup I'm based at KHAF

The Oceano Hotel is an easy walk from the south ramp, and in the middle of the shops and restaurants at the harbor ( The Seal Cove Inn ( is nice, off the departure end of 30, but no easy way to get there from the airport by foot (not too many Ubers out here). The Beach House ( is a little further south from Oceano, also very nice and on the harbor. Lots of neat stuff to explore in the area.

We have "June Gloom" all summer (SF fog/marine layer), on and off, up here so be prepared for that. If IFR capable, it's an easy approach.
Bill Bencze
N430WB RV-7 @KHAF, Flying 100+ hrs
VAF 2021 donation happily made

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Old 06-18-2020, 12:05 AM
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Great first flight Bill. Thank you for introducing me to RV building, encouraging me to start that empennage kit, and loaning me all your tools. I'm right behind you!
Ryan Drake
Livermore, CA
Donated 12/31/2020
RV-7A (N12VD): Finishing final tasks for engine-start and airworthiness!
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Old 06-18-2020, 08:38 AM
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Who was your DAR and what did you get as your phase I area?
Dues paid (2020)
RV-14 #140394
Empennage - done(ish)
Wings - done(ish)
Fuselage - done(ish)
Finishing Kit - Somewhere in there
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