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Old 12-01-2011, 04:26 PM
Wayne Gillispie Wayne Gillispie is offline
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Smile RV-10 first flight- best Christmas ever!

Went to bed 9:30 pm last night. Slept good til 2:00 am then off and on til we got up at 5:30 am. I kept waking up wondering if I had forgotten anything or what my plan was for an emergency. Would it really fly?
Boy does it fly! 155 kts at 2550 rpm, wot, 5000' without pants/fairings. I have only been that fast in a 172 during emerg descent. Need to adj gov high spd stop before next flight. CHT's on this cool day= 338-388F.
Thanks to my wonderful wife of 22 years and two children, a 10 yr old's dream has come true. I want to thank all of the great people I have met here on VAF. A special thanks to Ted Chang (-9A) for that first RV flight, tons of build help, motivational trip reports and photography today. Jim Combs(-10) for sevaral t-n-g's and many good phone conversations starting all the way back in 2006. David Maib(-10) for excellent transition training in FL. Also Van's Acft, Stein Air, Stark Avionics, GRT, Lycoming and Hartzell. Thanks to Geoff Combs(-10) for flying chase and photography today. Now to buy some more fuel and plan that SW trip for next summer, Alaska the following year. Keep pounding those is so worth it.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:36 PM
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Great Job Wayne. I know your excitement. First flight for me was Oct 30.

Have fun in Phase 1. Be safe.
Gary Palinkas - Gman.... VAF #161
Venice, Fl
RV-6 "Sassy" Flying 400 hrs since Oct 2011
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:38 PM
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Default Here are the photos

Gillispie family with their new member:

Christmas RV10

Santa and his helper
Ted Chang, VAF #681
RV-9A #91048, flying since 8/2006. 2,050 hrs.

2018 Due paid
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:45 PM
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Default First flight

Taxi out

Wayne in lead, Geoff Combs (RV10) flies chase with aerial photographer Abby, Airport manager Paul in the airport truck, Darlene (Mrs. G.) and Nathan (Santa helper) followed in their car

Ready to depart runway 18

In the air




Ted Chang, VAF #681
RV-9A #91048, flying since 8/2006. 2,050 hrs.

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Old 12-01-2011, 04:54 PM
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Wow, that's awesome Wayne. I am jealous and happy at the same time. My pulse got going thinking about doing the same soon.

One more up in the air!
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:08 PM
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Congratulations Wayne and family. Great job. I enjoyed the day
playing chase plane. Here is the famous RV Grin

Geoff Combs
RV-10 N829GW 865hrs
1940 Piper J3 Cub
Rans S21
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:31 PM
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Awesome congratulations! I wish I could bottle up that feeling on those first few days! Great photos! I just finished phase one myself. I am looking forward to some casual flying without all the touch and goes, exhausting stalls, lead bags, and practice emergency landings!
#40533 RV-10 Builder and CFI
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10/19/2011 First flight
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:37 PM
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Put some pants on Wayne!

RV-7 : In the hangar
RV-10 : In the hangar
RV-12 : Built and sold
RV-44 : 4 place helicopter on order.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:46 PM
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way to go !!!!
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 12-01-2011, 06:21 PM
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Default Happy testing!

That coral fiberglass cowling looks good! Congratulations!
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