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Old 09-17-2012, 02:33 PM
Rupester Rupester is offline
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Default RV-9A N385TE goes aloft!

Happy to pronounce that newly registered 385TE put air under her and runway behind her yesterday. Wheels up on First Flight at 9:30CDT on a cool day at a very busy BMI. As planned, a short first flight of 0.7 hrs ? everything went as expected . She flew as billed and climbed like the proverbial homesick angel. Climb-out was 100kts at 900 to 1000fpm. Wow. In no time I was at 4000MSL and orbiting BMI. Landing was OK ? not bad, not great ?. but happy to be back on the ground safe and ?unbent.? All engine temps were on the money ? one minor annoyance with low voltage alarms ; not sure if it?s really LV or maybe a loose connector. A BIG big day for this guy ?and wife Kris ? who was videographer.
? the takeoff and landing video ?

No way to fully express my appreciation of my ?long suffering spouse? who, over the last six years, never once complained about a) all the money I was spending, or b) the amount of time I spent in the garage. Besides my wondrous Spousal Unit, special thanks go to Jim Bustard, Terry Wendling, Ben Schneider, Chad Jensen, Mike Radliff, Keith Doornbos, Steve Hesselschwerdt, Dave Burden, Rick Woodall, Jack Holland, Steve Etcheson, Mark Reynolds, Don Hogan, EAA Chapter 129 ? and all the contributors to Van?s Air Force.
Terry Ruprecht
RV-9A Tip-up; IO-320 D2A
S. James cowl/plenum
(Dues paid thru Nov '18)
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:14 PM
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Default Nice

That is great, FINALLY.

Where are the wheel pants, where is the paint, how many more hours left to fly off??????

Come on, will meet you for beers in Michigan as soon as you are free to roam.

Nice technique on the back pressure while taxiing. Glad your bird flies well.

Enjoy the next stage. Will be watching for the fly off of hours.
Rick Woodall C-GSTT "ghost"
9a -TMX io-320, catto three blade, dual dynon hdx with a/p. 900+ hrs in 8 yrs flying.

Flew to Osh 11,12,15,17,19. SNF 2013. West to Cali /Washington/Vancouver/crossed the Rockies north to Red Deer east to Moosonee and over to maritimes. South to Jekyll Isl, cedar key, and Key West etc. 7 trips and 17 islands of the Bahamas. Flown turtles and dogs for Pilots n Paws too. Love our Rv's
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:18 PM
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Default Congrats

Congrats on your 1st flight - it is personally very satisfying when your baby take to the sky!.

Good luck with your phase 1 testing.
Royersford, PA
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RV12 #568 EAB
* Started 9/30/2011
* 1st flight 8/30/12
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:28 PM
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Excellent job!
Don Alexander
RV-9A 257SW Purchase Flying - O-320, Dynon D100
RV-9A 702DA (reserved) Finish Kit IOX-340
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:34 PM
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Awesome! I am still building time on my -9A, gradually becoming more and more comfortable and trusting.

Enjoy your airplane!
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 09-17-2012, 04:10 PM
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Default Happy testing!

Good news Terry. Very good news. Congratulations!
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:14 PM
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Default Congratulations

Like Jeff, I'm still building time on mine. They are wonderful machines and I couldn't be happier with my choice of plane. 30 hours now. They are soooo much fun to fly.

Enjoy and be safe!!!!
Paul Rose
RV-9A 91300
SERFI 2013 Awards
Inspection Complete!!! 7/7/12
First Flight 7/22/12
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:35 PM
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What an exciting time it must be for you. It looked like your plane did not want to stop flying. I could almost hear it saying - keep me in the air! I can't wait to I am at the same place you are now. Im heading to the garage to get back to work!
Williamston MI
O-320 D2A
Flying N376E
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:20 PM
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That will be an experience that you won't soon forget----now de-cowl, check it out for leaks or loose connectors, re-cowl, and fly the wings off that thing----and remember -- serious/focused/methodical-- but enjoy!!!

You did good.


Dave B.
RV9a/ECiIO360/James Cowl/WW RV200 Prop
Flying since 3/06 and still smiling!!!
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:02 PM
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Default Actually ....

I pulled the cowl the minute I rolled her back in. No leaks, no squawks.
Terry Ruprecht
RV-9A Tip-up; IO-320 D2A
S. James cowl/plenum
(Dues paid thru Nov '18)
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