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Old 03-11-2012, 08:21 PM
Paul 5r4 Paul 5r4 is offline
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Default No better way to start a weekend!!!!

Last Friday morning at 10:33 this picture was taken of me, on the right, receiving my airworthiness certificate on N729PG. The build took 1320 hours, (quick build), spread out over five years and three months. The other pictures are one sitting on the ramp at the Foley, Al airport. I had just calibrated the Dynon fuel gauges. The last was taken last Tuesday after the first engine start and a quick taxi around the ramp. Now for some transition training then I'll see if I can persuade "two niner papa golf"... I like that... to leave the planet.
I've been practicing my RV Grin.

Paul Gray
Foley, Al
RV 7A built but not flying yet.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:28 PM
Stalldog Stalldog is offline
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So THAT'S what it's supposed to look like when I'm done, huh? Awesome! Now you can come help me get mine built!

Congrats! Must be a great feeling.
Lenexa, KS

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Old 03-11-2012, 08:44 PM
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul, congratulations on the Pink Slip

Great feeling, aint it??
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

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Old 03-11-2012, 08:52 PM
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Default Congrats!

Congrats Paul! A great way to start off the weekend for sure! And with the weather starting to warm up - you are just in time for the spring/summer flying season Enjoy the huge accomplishment!
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:14 PM
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Default Congrats!

Great way to start weekend indeed. Nice uniform What did inspector say about arm rest?
Where is N666BK?

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Old 03-11-2012, 09:16 PM
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Default Congratulations!

Do you have a first flight schedule? (Send a PM, I'm in Mobile and would love to watch/cheer/photograph/drool!)

Best regards,

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Fuse: Ordered
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:55 AM
Paul 5r4 Paul 5r4 is offline
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Thanks for the congrats guys. The inspector said nothing at all about my arm rest. Actually his only comments were about two placards I might want to get, one for the canopy latch and one inside the oil door. No, I don't have a date for the first flight yet as I need to go for that transition training. I'm going to call someone about that today. Oh... and the uniform, I'm an ICU RN and I work nights. I had just got off work.

Paul Gray
Foley, AL
Paul Gray
Foley, Alabama
N729PG..... 500+ hrs
RV 7A, Lycoming 0 320 D1A, Sensenich FP propeller
VAF supporter $$$

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Old 03-13-2012, 05:34 AM
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Paul, just out of curiosity, what placards does your DAR want? I have my pink slip but nothing was said about placards. They might be useful.

Jim Bower
St. Louis
RV-6A N143DJ
Flying since August 2011
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:41 PM
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The DAR was interested that everything on the panel was labeled and of course the "This aircraft does not comply..." sticker clearly visible in the cockpit and the word "experimental" which I have in the usual spot in the baggage area. The others of the canopy latch and the oil door he said were suggestions but I didn't have to rush out to do them. So I took it that I didn't really even have to. My panel has all the placards any plane would have. I did add the one that stated a 2600 RPM limit because of the Sensenich propeller restriction. I put it just above the Dynon D120.
Paul Gray
Foley, Alabama
N729PG..... 500+ hrs
RV 7A, Lycoming 0 320 D1A, Sensenich FP propeller
VAF supporter $$$

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Old 03-13-2012, 10:23 PM
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Default Ready to fly

Congradulations Paul. Have fun with phase 1.

Be safe.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
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Citabria 7GCBC
Cessna 180, sold
RV7 I0-360 C/S, Slider, AP, Glass, etc. sold.
RV6 O-320 F/P, Slider, AP, Steam, etc., sold
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Sparrowhawk, sold

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