After a great inspection by Vic Syracuse and transition training last week with Jan Bussell, N417PR finally got air under her wings yesterday morning here in South Alabama. It was a very uneventful first flight with the thanks for that to Van's. It's been a long 6-1/2 years since I shot the first rivet in the tail but oh, so well worth the wait!!!!
Thanks are due to so many people along the way, but especially to my family, this website, Al DeWeese, Larry Westbrook, and Tim Pethel. Larry (flew chase) and Tim were there for the first flight. Al was off someplace in WI doing who knows what
It flew wonderfully just like everyone said it would. I have a little issue with CHT's that are higher than I'd like to see them but it's a new engine and I would expect it to run hot though the oil never got above 190 even with the OAT in the mid 90's yesterday.
Links to first take off and landing: