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Old 04-22-2012, 08:00 PM
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Default RV-6A First Flight

G'day all,

Certificate of Airworthiness issued 10:30 21Apr12 and reporting first flight of VH-VNS RV6A kit 20938 10:31am 22Apr12 Australian EST from Mangalore (YMNG) airport in Central Victoria. Flight duration was 20 minutes. None of the wings were heavier than any of the others although right rudder was required to keep the ball centered. Only problem was with the pitch trim control which is via the VP-X computer; configuration dropped out leaving the pitch trim uncontrolled (but in trail). Probably need to get to the root cause of that one.

Engine is an IO-320 fully rebuilt with dual Lightspeed Plasma II+ ignition. With test prop on, engine exceeds 2700rpm so producing a little more than the standard 160hp. Prop is a Sensenich FP. Fatso is probably one of the heavier RV6A's at 480kg (1058lbs) Basic empty weight

Some photos will be forthcoming.

Grin now installed on face, see some of you at Oshkosh this year.



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Old 04-22-2012, 09:04 PM
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Congratulations! Very few people have done what you have accomplished - you should be very proud!
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:44 PM
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Default And the very best model by the way

I am perhaps a little prejudiced. Ours was 1201 lbs - slim. Hey Brad what happened in January 1964 and who is "L"?

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Old 04-22-2012, 11:09 PM
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Took me three sets of scales before I got a result I liked...
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:33 PM
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations on your fledge
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:34 PM
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John, be sure to drop a note to Van's so he can add your 6A to the completed list.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:00 AM
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Well done!

Welcome to the Aussie Retard Vehicle club.....affectionately said

Hey let 20lbs out of each tyre will reduce your weight by 40lbs

Make sure you bring it to Ausfly in September, 13-16. YNRM Narromine NSW. Keep n eye on www.ausfly.com.au for details in the coming weeks

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YAY! Congratulations!

What a great feeling eh?
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I am perhaps a little prejudiced. Ours was 1201 lbs - slim. Hey Brad what happened in January 1964 and who is "L"?

Bob Axsom
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:21 AM
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Congrats on the first flight!!! I hope to do the same with my 6A eventually.
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