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Old 08-12-2012, 03:15 PM
timandmeli timandmeli is offline
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Default First Flight in Lower Alabama

Hi all,
Well i officially have a flying airplane. N59TP took to the air today for the first time. What an incredible experience. The plane flew well hands off and has no issues except for being about a "half ball" out of trim. Many thanks to many people but especially to my wife who has unselfishly supported me for the six and one-half year build. Also thanks to Paul Rose who was my build partner and who finished his 9A about three weeks ago. What a great flying airplane. Almost like soloing all over again. I'm still high. Tim
Tim Pethel
Coffee Springs, Al
RV-8A SB Wings Done
Fuse done
Airworthiness cert issued.
Flying as of 08/12/12
Out of Phase 1
200 hours

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Old 08-12-2012, 04:21 PM
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Nice landing as well...
Justin (JAY)
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Australia, QLD
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:08 PM
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Default let the grins begin

Congratulations Tim, and nice to have another RV grinning fool at the airport.
Bill McLean
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:22 PM
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Congrats man!
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:20 PM
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Congrats to both you and Paul.

We'll have an Alabama Squadron any day now.
Dan Horton
Barrett IO-390
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:53 PM
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congrats...a great feeling indeed.
Ryan Allen, CFI

RV7 N612RA, flying since july 2012

RV10 Tail Kit complete, Wings 98%, Working on Finishing Kit, AEIO-540 on the stand
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by DanH View Post
Congrats to both you and Paul.

We'll have an Alabama Squadron any day now.
I am in.

congrats Tim. I wish I was able to have been there.
Alton DeWeese
N526RV RV7A Tip Up, IO360 180 W/Hartzel BA prop.
Flying ~950 hours since Aug 2010

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:24 AM
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Default Congratulations

Again Tim.

This is a great 8A!!! I flew "chase" in my 9A and did have a little trouble keeping up!!! In case anyone doesn't know, it's hard to pick out an unpainted airplane in the AL haze.

What was quite amazing to me was the sight from slightly above him while circling the airport. I had a view with the ground as a back drop and it's the first time I guess I had ever seen just how fast these planes are with a back drop behind them to judge from.

Good job Tim. Looking forward to getting the 40 flown off of both of them so we can go see DanH and organize this squadron!!!!
Paul Rose
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SERFI 2013 Awards
Inspection Complete!!! 7/7/12
First Flight 7/22/12
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