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Old 12-12-2011, 08:56 AM
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Default N59LG defeats gravity itself!

Semi local airforce/airline/RV pilot Scott Jordan flew down to Pottstown in his 8 to perform the first flight in my 3 yesterday. I was able to ride in the back of Scott Powers' RV-8 as he flew chase during the entire flight. The weather was near perfect with temps in the mid 40's, no wind, no clouds and unlimited vis. Scott and I took off ahead of the 3 and lined up on a high downwind so we could get a good view of the takeoff. In about half a second the 3 was up and steadily climbing to 3k. After a few laps and with all engine sensor points in the green we decided to pull in close to check out the control surfaces. Everything looked great and in trail. Next were a series of stalls and a quick hi speed run. The only issues were a slightly heavy right wing (about 5 deg/second) and the flaps would not lock in the full down position. Not too bad if you ask me! Again big thanks to the Scott Jordan, Scott Powers, my Dad and the crew at EAA 1250 as well as my friends and family who came out to whiteness the big event.
Im off to Frisco in a few weeks so unfortunately I wont be able to fly it for a while. I just hope I can claw it out of my dads hands after he has flown off the 40 hours.
Rob Holmes
RV-3B N59LG - Built, Flown, Sold!
Extra 300 N111XW - Partner, Flown, Sold!
RV-7 NxxxLG
The minimum number of planes one should own is one. The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of planes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of planes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

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Old 12-12-2011, 09:06 AM
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Default Congrats Rob!

Congratulations Rob! I'm just a couple minutes away from you (RV minutes ). I can't wait to meet you and see your beautiful 3 up close.

Fly Safe!
Jim Lewellyn
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:20 AM
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Thumbs up Fantastic!

That's great, Rob. I'm glad it happened before you had to move. But, I can't imagine how hard it will be to be across continent for Phase 1. It looks gorgeous in the air!

Louise Hose, Editor of The Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
RV3B, NX13PL "Tsamsiyu" co-builder, TMXIO-320, test platform Legacy G3X/TruTrak avionics suite
RV-6 ?Mikey? (purchased flying) ? Garmin test platform (G3X Touch, GS28 autopilot servos, GTN650 GPS/Nav/Comm,
GNC255 Nav/Com, GA240 audio panel)
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:29 AM
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Outstanding Rob - absolutely Outstanding! Congratulations, and thanks again for the web site that helped us so much - I have lots of your pictures printed out in our build manual.
Paul F. Dye
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:10 AM
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Excellent! Sure glad to hear of it.

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Old 12-12-2011, 10:17 AM
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Congratulations Rob! I had a privilege to see your bird in person two days ago. Nice, very nice!
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:33 AM
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Congratulations!!! Your website was one of those I looked at before I decided to start, and it greatly supported me with the decision to build in the space I have available -- my living room. It's wonderful to see that your bird is flying now.
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:46 AM
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No fair, Rob. You're all ganging up on me! Between you, Paul, and Louise, and all of the amazing RV-3 adventures this weekend, I'm almost convinced I should build one, too. Congrats indeed, and thank you for sharing your build on your excellent site.

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Old 12-12-2011, 10:59 AM
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob, congratulations on the fledging of your bird
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.

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Old 12-12-2011, 11:01 AM
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Congrats Rob, I remember checking your site daily to see updates back when the Fuse took up your entire apartment! Very Very Cool.

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