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Old 08-28-2012, 04:32 PM
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Default First flight of N194MH

After nine and a half years of building my Vans RV-9A, it flew for the first time this past Sunday, August 26, 2012. It was a perfect evening for the flight and all went well. The most surreal feeling I have ever had. Thanks James Clark for the training and managing the process. Thanks Ken Harrill for all the advice and the Technical Advisor visits. Thanks Tom Roberts for all support in recent years. Thanks to everyone that helped and encouraged me over the years - 9.5 years! I began the building process when I started cleaning out my old single car garage on January 4, 2003, to convert it to a workshop. My preview plans arrived on February 13, 2003 and my empennage kit on March 5, 2003. Thanks to my lovely wife for all her patients and support. Can't wait to take her up when the 40 hours of phase one are completed. My four pillars of support have been: my wife and the girls, EAA Chapter 242, our local RV builders, and the community. Thanks to you all!
Mike Hoover
Columbia, SC
N194MH first flight on 08-26-12
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:33 PM
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There needs to be a like button on VAF! Congratulations!!!
Chris Smith
Maule M5-180C (Sold)
RV-6 O-360 CS (Sold)
RV-4 O-360 FP (Sold)
Full-time in the other type of RV....
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:36 PM
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Only 9.5 years, couldnt you make it 10... JOKE.
Great news, now let the real fun begin.
Jamie lee
Brisbane, Australia
RV7A - Now Flying.
0-360,carb,catto 3 blade.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:36 PM
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Congrats Mike - I started following your build when I was stationed at Ft Jackson 2004-2006. Very happy to see this day finally arrive for you!

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:36 PM
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Awesome! It is quite the feeling to be at the controls of an airplane you built yourself. Hope all your flights go well.
Jeff Rosson
Repeat Offender
RV14 - Working on Empennage/Tail Cone
RV9A - Completed! First flight on July 18, 2012!
Based at Merritt Island, FL (KCOI)
VAF Number: 1170

Star Trek Quote: "Logically, it could work. Also, logically, there are a hundred variables, any one of which could put us in a worse position than we're in now." Mr. Spock in Return to Tomorrow
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:46 PM
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Mike congratulations! You really pushed it forward hard during those couple recent years. Your building log was great help for my build. Thank you and happy Phase One!
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:47 PM
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Default Re: first flight

Having recently done what you did I can relate to all the emotions you are experiencing. What a great feeling. You should feel like shouting it from a mountaintop. Hey "I built a plane and it flies great" Enjoy the ride. Enjoy phase 1. Learn your plane and congrats. 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 08-28-2012, 05:28 PM
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It's a wonderful feeling isn't it? Congrats!!
Kelly Johnson
San Jose, CA

Pink slip issued: 5/7/12

First flight: 5/28/12, Memorial Day.

Phase I Complete: 8/18/12!
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:37 PM
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Default Congrats!!

Mike, a flying 9-A in 9 1/2 years-------guess that makes the "A" equal to 6 month?????

Congratulations on the new fledgling
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:14 PM
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Default Well done

Congratulations! That 1st flight is something to remember!
Brent Owens
EAA Chapter 9 Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor
Columbus, OH
RV-8 'Contrary Mary' flying
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