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Old 08-15-2012, 05:02 AM
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Bastien Bastien is offline
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Location: Vannes, FRANCE
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Talking S/N 83040 is now an airplane

Hi everyone,
I am proud to announce that my RV8 is now flying since 07/27/12 and is out of the French equivalent of phase one from monday.

I took me 2 1/2 years from reception of the empennage to first flight but 2 years of building as I did not anticipate how fast the empennage was going to be built.
I receive the empennage for my 18's birthday (majority in France).
For the story I was thinking of an RV8 for a long time but my parents were saying that I should finish my studies before thinking of building an airplane. As my birthday was getting closer and as my parent didn't find an unforgivable present, they asked my plane instructor what could that present be? and without hesitating a second he told them "an RV8".
Having never seriously discussed of that with my parents, I let you imagine how happy and surprise I felt when I discover the empennage kit in the living room..

As a aeronautical engineering student, the most difficult thing during this 2 years experience was to conciliate the studies and the work I had to do on the plane if I wanted to finish it.

I did the first flight on a calm evening and get no surprise with the plane expect that it performs much better than other airplanes I used to fly.
The plane had no heavy wing and no left or right yaw tendency.
With the plenum, on first flight I noticed that the CHT temps were pretty high (410°F) but get the same temp on all the cylinders and oil temp was in the 205°F range.

Now after 20 hrs of flight time, the CHT are now on the 350°F range and oil temp in the 185°F with 77°F OAT.
The plenum seems to be very efficient as in cruise I have 0-2°F difference between the cylinder heads.

The plane is a joy to fly and gave me the RV grin each time I jump in it.

(From left to right)
Me, my father and my plane instructor asking how it flies and my first impressions of the first flight
Van's RV-8 3040 F-PVRB
Aerosport IO-375 turning WW200RV
Dual Dynon SV1000
SJ Wheel pants/plenum/cowl
Flying since 07/27/12

Van's RV-8 2513 F-PTGV
Lycoming IO-360 B1B
Purchased as a project--Finishing kit

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:16 AM
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Vlad Vlad is offline
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Wow! You have bright future shining before you young man. Congratulations!
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:19 AM
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Default Wow!

Bastien, I am very impressed by your build.....perfect for an aeronautical engineering student!

Congratulations on a beautiful, well done airplane.

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Old 08-15-2012, 06:05 AM
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Gorgeous plane! Congratulations!
RV-8 #81077 Super Slow Build
Dynon Skyview HDX, Titan IOX-370, Dual P-Mags, AFP FM200A FI, Whirlwind 200RV CS Prop
First Flight 11/20/2016
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:20 AM
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C'est vraiment magnifique! F?licitations!
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:22 AM
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I'm speechless! What a significant achievement...and, your RV-8 is beautiful.


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Old 08-15-2012, 08:17 AM
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You're 20 (and a half) and you've built and test flown your own RV. Awesome start for an aeronautical engineer! Congratulations!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:43 AM
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Default Bravo Bastien !!!

Bravo Bastien !!!

J'en ai le souffle coup? !!!

Quel bel appareil, ton accomplissement est une grande source d'inspiration pour moi !!!

Encore une fois f?licitation !!!!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:58 AM
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Congrats young man and also to your proud parents You have a very bright future. I hope some day you would consider working for Boeing.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:01 AM
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