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Old 12-10-2011, 01:52 PM
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Default In the Pink ? Junior Takes Wing!

Sooner or later, the only thing left to do with an RV project is to go fly?and that?s exactly what we did with our RV-3 project this morning. ?NX13PL? (aka ?Junior? ? for now) took wing for the first time about 0830 Houston time with a nice overcast at 4,000? and winds behind a cold front adding a few bumps to the air. The Flight Test team consisted of me as the test pilot, Louise flying the RV-6 in chase, and a few well-trusted aviation friends to help out. Our neighbor and co-worker Steve Robinson (with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering) acted as Test Director, riding in the right seat with Louise to keep an overall eye on the flight and make sure we stayed on task. Another neighbor, Dave Forster (F-1 builder/flyer) acted as the ground chief to make sure that I had finished the checklist and provide all those miscellaneous ground services ? like running to get my sunglasses when I was already strapped in. Ernie Butcher was the man with the camera ? when we get the shots from him, we?ll post an album. The first flight began at our airpark, and ended (as planned) at our neighboring field with a MUCH wider runway. The winds kicked up when we got there, so we elected to leave both planes there until the evening calm sets in.

Here is a quick snapshot (from Dave) of the post-flight ? Ernie had a lot of faith ? the sign was engraved and painted before the event!

The airplane flew like a dream ? I?m not sure if it flies straight and true ?hands off?, as there aren?t any other places to put your hands in an RV-3 (other than the controls)! But my initial impression is that it flies like a fabulous RV, feels light, and has tremendous power/speed response. In formation to do an ASI check, I could move up or back on Louise almost instantly. Nimble is probably the word I?ll settle on for now. Temperatures and pressures were all unremarkable (CHT?s all stayed below 350 ? the Mattituck TMXIO might already be broken in!), and no leaks were found when we pulled the cowl after the thirty-some minute flight.

There are so many people to thank for this wonderful machine, that there is no doubt I would leave important people out if I tried to make a complete list. But we?d be remiss if we didn?t especially thank Garmin and Tru Trak for the chance to help test the G3X panel (I?m looking forward to actually paying attention to something other than the System?s page on subsequent flights) and GX Pilot autopilot (which I haven?t yet engaged?.). The Whirlwind prop is spectacularly smooth on the Mattituck engine. Vans Aircraft has a lot of talented people making these kits ? and providing support (even for the -3) when we had questions (and they have no one who?s built one, except Van). All the bits and pieces we have purchased through the many vendors in the RV community have contributed to an airplane that is a pure joy to fly. I have never had a cockpit that fit so well in every way. And the RV community ? those who have built -3?s and the thousands here on VAF who have followed the build and answered our questions along the way ? couldn?t be better! Thanks to Doug for this fabulous resource called VAF, and all the folks that populate it.

And while I generally write the word ?we? when talking about this project, I personally have to say that I couldn?t have had a better partner ? for building, and for life ? in Louise. She?s really ready to honcho the next airplane project should she want ? and she probably should do so without my coaching. She?s ready?.just needs to get me out of the shop to make it her own. While she wants me to fly the first few hours (engine beak-in is boring I guess?), I look forward to watching her lift off in this most personal of flying machines very soon.

The RV-3 is one heck of a ride ? and the ride is just beginning!


P.S.: Yes, the cowl is pink ? you got a problem with that?!
Paul F. Dye
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:01 PM
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Congratulations Paul and Louise! I'm glad everything went so well and that you have a new addition to the stable.

Guy & Merideth Prevost
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:14 PM
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Many congrats you two!
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:15 PM
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Default It doesn't get much better.

Whenever I see you two together, whether working on Junior, or flying together, I figure that you guys have the best of both worlds!

You compliment each other very well.

Congratulations to both of you.

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Old 12-10-2011, 02:15 PM
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Default Cool!

P & L, congrats on first flight! Sounds like a fun airplane.

About the "pink" it kind of takes the "Steam" out of the "Iron" in you screen name

Good Luck, have fun and can't wait to see the paint on Jr.
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:37 PM
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Default Fantastic!

Congratulations, guys. The grins in that picture say it all. Can't wait to see Junior in action.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Ironflight View Post
. . . I personally have to say that I couldn?t have had a better partner ? for building, and for life ? in Louise.
You are a class act, Paul. The "projects" going on in our garages and hangars are only a small part of the larger project which makes up our short life on earth. You were among the first handful of RV'ers I ever met, and I've carried the high-standard of personal excellence exhibited by that group as my own (impossible?) goal. I can hope against hope that my airplane turns out as nice as yours, but I can only dream that my character ever lives up to the fine examples of you and Louise.

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P.S.: Yes, the cowl is pink ? you got a problem with that?!
Yeah, I do. Aren't you ever gonna finish that thing?

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Old 12-10-2011, 03:19 PM
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Wonderful, wonderful!

Congratulations - and thanks for all the building postings, too, and all the pictures.

Well done, folks.

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Old 12-10-2011, 03:36 PM
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Congrats! I'm very happy for you two. Hopefully the weather will cooperate over the next while so you can grind your way through the test program.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:38 PM
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Congratulations! Today is the third anniversary of the first flight in our RV-9!

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