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Old 08-15-2012, 05:57 PM
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Default I did it!

RV-8 Empennage has been ordered!! Hi all my name is Michael Foss! Long time pilot, very very new builder! Got a chance to meet the Pratt brothers in OshKosh and that solidified my decision. Now I need to find a support group in the Aurora, IL area as I just got word I'm being transferred in October. I have been poking around the forum for a little while and have started building up the tool database. Just a big THANK YOU for all the advice you have given indirectly through this forum!

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Old 08-15-2012, 06:04 PM
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Welcome Michael!

You're going to love the -8!
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:10 PM
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Default Welcome to VAF!!

Michael, welcome to the good ship VAF
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 08-15-2012, 09:16 PM
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Default Congrats!

Good call!
Welcome to the -8 club!
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:50 PM
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ARR has some RV's based right at the private Sky Haven hangars.
Im building my 7 at DKB A few miles north west, shout if you need anything.
Ed Martin
Donations 1/19 & 6/19
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:59 PM
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Default Good pick!

Congrats on your pick - you will be very happy But don't listen to me, as I am only .008% complete, or put another way, I am 97% complete with the empennage order form paperwork. But seriously, congrats on diving in, as I have found out, the water is quite nice here in the VAF pool.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:11 PM
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congrats, ordered mine Monday Lots of help and info here.
A Brit in Texas
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:32 PM
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Nice to meet you at Oshkosh. Glad to hear that my brother, Mike, and I could be of some help in the decision. The -8 is a wonderful machine and I think you'll find us -8 owners/builders just a little more passionate than the rest of the RV community .

I can already see that some of the IL locals are contacting you and don't forget, there is always advice to be had from the forums. All you have to do is ask.

Enjoy and welcome to the world of Van's RVs.

Chris Pratt (2021 VAF DUES PAID)
RV-8 Flying, 850+hours
Lycoming O-360-A1A, Hartzell CS
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by chrispratt View Post
. . . I think you'll find us -8 owners/builders just a little more passionate than the rest of the RV community .
Well yes, but not as passionate as those -3 builders, just a little more boisterous about it. Of course, the rest of the home-built community is just going to laugh at us if RV folks start debating among ourselves which of our subgroups is more over-the-top; they think we're all a little too evangelical about our (clearly superior) RV's.

Welcome, Michael! Enjoy your build. And remember, if you donate to DR every year, magic shop dust will ensure your project will never stall. Not until you're flying it, anyway.

Stephen & Tyson Humphrey
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:42 PM
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Noticed you were a fellow Council Bluffian. I've got an f1 Rocket on field at KCBF. Send me an email or PM if you need anything. There are a few RVs on field here.

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