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Old 01-13-2012, 12:32 AM
danbenua danbenua is offline
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Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Default Three-peat!

I'm pleased to report that my new RV-3B lifted off for the first
time today. We had a rare sunny and calm winter day in Oregon
that was perfect for the ocassion. My RV-4 buddy Brent Anderson
flew chase, and my wife joined the party from his back seat.

The airplane flew great, climbing at 2500 fpm with full fuel. The
right wing is very slightly heavy and the prop a bit under-pitched,
but these are minor squawks. I'm a newbie tailwheel pilot, but
the ground handling and landing were a piece of cake.

This is my third RV build, but it still took 2200 hours and nearly
four years to get here. Key equipment includes an AeroSport
IO-320 (160hp), Catto two blade prop, and AFS 5500 EFIS.
My S/N is 11426. I credit Randy Lervold for inspiration and
my wife for builder's assistance.

The air-to-air shots did not come out very well, but this wasn't
a photo mission. We will do better in the future. The "RV-grin"
comes out perfect every time :-)

- Dan Benua
EAA Tech Counselor
Repeat Offender
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:35 AM
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Location: Dayton Airpark, NV A34
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, this 3 thing is a freakin epidemic

Good job Dan, enjoy the new plane.
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 01-13-2012, 12:42 AM
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Location: Corvallis Oregon
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Looks wonderful..and looks fast!


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Old 01-13-2012, 01:10 AM
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Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Default Well Done!!!!!

I too am very jealous Dan. You have a great looking 3 there and you must be very proud.
Anthony Johnston
Brit working in Zurich, Switzerland.
1500 hour pilot and ex instructor and examiner.
RV-4 s/n 4572 Emp Kit.
RV-3B s/n 11460 Emp Kit. (In storage).
Anthony's RV-4
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:06 AM
fatherson fatherson is offline
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Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Well, since we seem to be averaging about one new -3 each week around here lately, they must be positively easy to build, right?

Congratulations, Dan. What a beaut. Looking forward to hearing much more as you enjoy your Phase I.

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:09 AM
dealfair dealfair is offline
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Location: George West, TX
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Beautiful indeed Dan! Fun times ahead. Life is good, huh!! .

Deal Fair
RV-4 (N34CB)
George West, TX (8T6)
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:44 AM
David-aviator David-aviator is offline
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Location: Chesterfield, Missouri
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Congrats, Dan, on the build and first flight.

You do good work in both areas.
RV-12 Build Helper
RV-7A...Sold #70374
The RV-8...Sold #83261
I'm in, dues paid 2019 This place is worth it!
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:20 AM
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Location: Dayton, NV
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Outstanding Dan! Congrats on the "newest of the new" - it looks fabulous, and I already know what you have got to be feeling about how it flies.....
Paul F. Dye
Editor at Large - KITPLANES Magazine
RV-8 - N188PD - "Valkyrie"
RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
RV-3B - N13PL - "Tsamsiyu"
A&P, EAA Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor
Dayton Valley Airpark (A34)
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:39 AM
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Location: Belton, MO
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Default Congratulations!!

Wow Dan, she's gorgeous!

Your serial number is just 1 before mine (the new tail): 11427. I hope to join you in the sky sometime soon!
Katie Bosman
EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council
Rebuilt most of SNF tornado victim RV-3B Tony Boy II (had to sell him, but he's flying!)
VAF Dues Paid 2021!
Thoughts & opinions expressed here are my own, and not those of my employer.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:03 AM
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Default Beautiful Dan!

How about a couple more photos, including the panel? All these new 3's are starting to stir the building bug!

Really nice looking airplane and look forward to hearing more reports on performance as you work through Ph 1
Carl Raichle
Lutz, FL
RV-9A N194CR
RV-14A Under construction
Based at KZPH
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