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Old 06-16-2012, 11:10 PM
alpinelakespilot2000 alpinelakespilot2000 is offline
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Default N817HS project off the ground... literally

After 2500+ hours over 7.25 years of building, RV-9 N817HS finally left the ground at about 7:30 Friday evening at Bowers Field, Ellensburg, WA. After a brief 20-minute flight, first flight pilot Bill White had no issues to report other than it flew great and that, perhaps, the Catto prop might be a bit underpitched. No wing heaviness, no engine issues, nothing. I can live with that!

Although not previously reported, I received my pink slip in mid May with the help of DAR Gary Brown out of Independence, OR. It took nearly a month to fit in the first flight b/c my first flight pilot is also a crop duster who flies every day that's nice. Added to that, my home airport is in one of the windiest airports in the state, and not all that conducive to first flights. However, on Friday afternoon, the stars aligned, and after a brief taxi, Bill said it was time to fly, so he did. Although I would have liked to have been the first one to fly it, prudence dictated otherwise and, in the end, it was pretty cool just being able to (kind of) relax and watch my creation fly. I've never doubted I would finish, have never ever contemplated selling the project, but seeing my own airplane fly is still pretty cool! Am really looking forward to taking it up myself sometime later this week after a thorough post-flight inspection.

Many thanks to those on this site, both those who know they've helped me and those who might not. Thanks especially to Doug for creating this great site. Having been around when VAF was still on the Yahoo groups, and having survived the heated debate over why Doug should not have switched from the Yahoo group format to the current one (remember that, Doug?!), I can honestly say that my plane is much better for Doug and the VAF community.

Because it was later in the evening, and relatively unplanned (only in the sense that we unexpectedly had time to do it before sunset) I didn't have time to call my photographer or videographer, and so I had to take a few pictures myself. They're not the greatest, but they'll do. More updates, questions, and (I'm sure) obstacles to come!


And landing...
Steve M.
Ellensburg WA
RV-9 Flying, 0-320, Catto

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Old 06-16-2012, 11:41 PM
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Default Congrats!

Awesome accomplishment! I have been following your progress and often find your posts very informative and helpful as I work to complete my -9A. Good luck on Phase 1. I hope to be there soon.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by alpinelakespilot2000 View Post
Although I would have liked to have been the first one to fly it, prudence dictated otherwise and, in the end, it was pretty cool just being able to (kind of) relax and watch my creation fly.
Steve, you are a smart man. You will still get your first flight. Congratulations.
Williamston MI
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:24 AM
Michael Burbidge Michael Burbidge is offline
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Default Just over te mountain from you...


Congrats. I'm just over the mountain from you, in Sammamish Washington. I'm working on an RV-9A. I hope to follow in your footsteps in the next couple of years. I'm on year 4.

Michael Burbidge
Sammamish, WA
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RV-9A Flying 390 hours!
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:24 AM
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Default Congrats

Looking forward to hearing about your own flight!
Bill Pendergrass
ME/AE '82
RV-7A: Flying since April 15, 2012. 850 hrs
YIO-360-M1B, mags, CS, GRT EX and WS H1s & A/P, Navworx
Unpainted, polished....kinda'... Eyeballin' vinyl really hard.
Yeah. The boss got a Silhouette Cameo 4 Xmas 2019.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:40 AM
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Default First flight

Congrats!! First flight done, now phase one to do. Enjoy this part.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo Da Vinci

Working on a RV-4
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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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Old 06-17-2012, 01:17 AM
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve, congratulations on the fledging
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 06-17-2012, 07:20 AM
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I think those pics look great! Congrats!
My ATC opinion is NOT an official FAA recognized opinion, so any advice you get from me is ONLY my opinion.

Track my RV7A!!

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Building an -8! (Fuse)
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:24 AM
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Great job Steve! Congratulations!
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Sumner, WA

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Old 06-17-2012, 07:32 AM
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Default Congrats Steve

Way to go Steve. 7.5 years and she is flying.

Enjoy it and fly safe. Rick
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9a -TMX io-320, catto three blade, dual dynon hdx with a/p. 900+ hrs in 8 yrs flying.

Flew to Osh 11,12,15,17,19. SNF 2013. West to Cali /Washington/Vancouver/crossed the Rockies north to Red Deer east to Moosonee and over to maritimes. South to Jekyll Isl, cedar key, and Key West etc. 7 trips and 17 islands of the Bahamas. Flown turtles and dogs for Pilots n Paws too. Love our Rv's
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