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.