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Old 11-09-2012, 03:44 PM
MTBehnke MTBehnke is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Andover, MN
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Default Son just passed his PPL checkride in my -9A!

My son Aaron started flying lessons in our -9A last summer. He managed to solo with only about 7 hours under his belt. After a break over the winter while he was off at college, he got started again this summer and knocked out the rest of his lessons.

I went up with him a week ago as a refresher before his flight test and he was clearly ready. It was pretty cool to see how far he'd come.

This morning he headed out to the Anoka-Blaine airport and a few hours later came home with his airman's certificate and a big smile on his face.

I'm sure it won't be long before I hear "Dad, can I borrow the plane today"?
Mike Behnke
RV-9A - sold
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:49 PM
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Location: USA
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Great news to close out this Friday !

Please pass along a well deserved CONGRATULATIONS to Aaron.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:11 PM
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Location: Denver area
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Congratulations. Now two of your creations are airworthy. I'm sure the 9A was less expensive.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:13 PM
gerrychuck gerrychuck is offline
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Location: Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
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Congratulations! I have a son who is interested in flight training in my 6A as well, with one additional wrinkle: he's hoping his brother, who is an RCAF flight instructor, will be able to qualify for a civilian instructors' rating and be his instructor. I'd love to see that work out!
Gerry Julian
Moose Jaw Saskatchewan
RV6A "Second Wind" C-GERZ (born N242UL)
O-360 A1A, Sensenich FP prop

Those who think any system is foolproof greatly underestimate the ingenuity of fools
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:58 PM
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Location: Keller, TX
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WOW! That would be such a great feeling! Congratulations to both of you!
RV-10 N331JH 3rd owner (First flew in 2005, #15 flying)
Northwest Regional 52F
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:39 PM
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Congratulations to Aaron! Well done!
Alex Peterson
RV6A N66AP 1750+ hours
KADC, Wadena, MN
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:00 PM
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Location: Perham, MN
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Congratulations to Aaron. I'm sure you're proud Mike, especially since he was able to complete the training in an aircraft you built!
Paul Winkels
RV7 Standard Build - First flight 4/16/2016 - Now Flying!
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:33 PM
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Location: San Mateo, CA
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super cool! congrats!
-kevinh, Track my RV-7A, flying, alas, sold in 2013 after 450ish hours. (I'm now building something different)
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:28 AM
jwyatt jwyatt is offline
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Location: Goodhue, MN
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Congrats Mike and Aaron, who if I recall had recently got his drivers license when we met at Anoka a few years back. Good times ahead.
Joshua Wyatt | Goodhue, Minn.
RV-9A N627DW @ KRGK - Flying since 2012
AFS 4500s | Stratux | SDS EM-5
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:17 AM
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Location: Louisville, Ga
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Kudo's to both of you!

Now all the naysayers can clearly see how easy the RV's are to fly

Rv10 Sold
46 years ag pilot/CFI
Air Tractor 502/PT-6
Building RV-12, Wings, fuse, emp complete. FWF in progress.
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