“Myunn” (N319WF), a Corvair powered Sonex airframe, was purchased from a previous owner who had begun the fuselage and intended to use an Aerovee VW conversion engine. The kit came with factory assembled wing spars. Following the purchase in January of 2010 my building mentor Dick Fisher and I began the reconstruction process after much dis-assembly because of changes we wanted to make and poor workmanship that was found. We installed the 3.0, 120 HP Corvair conversion that was built for us by Dan Weseman of SPA (http://flywithspa.com/home.html) using his custom motor mount and nose bowl for the cowling assembly. The engine is built to William Wynn specifications (http://flycorvair.net) and utilizes his gold oil filter system and prop hub. It is equipped with an oil fed BTA 5th bearing for prop loads and a Sensenich 54X58 propeller.
The interior is factory, and instruments are MGL. We included an LRI (lift reserve indicator) along with a Flightline FL760 radio and iFly 720 GPS.
First flight was in August of 2012. Flight characteristics were excellent and the Corvair power was both smooth and abundant.
20 lbs of paint was added with Signature Finish products (http://www.signaturefinish.com) using Tom Fabula’s roll on application method.
Location: United States
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On May 10, 2013 I made my first flight in my completed RV-7. After a decade of building it was finally time to experience the joy of flying this marvelous kit from Van’s Aircraft, and it did not disappoint! The plane flew perfectly and I have now completed the testing phase flying out of the Tacoma Narrows airport in Gig Harbor, WA.
My RV-7 includes an IO-360 engine from AeroSport, Hartzell blended airfoil prop, interior by Classic Aero, Lightspeed electronic ignition, TruTrak Digiflight autopilot, Advanced Flight System sport AOA, and a beautiful paint job by Dan & Linda Mauer of Red Bluff, CA. Thanks to EAA tech/flight advisors Marv Scott and Terry Burch.
Location: Fox Island, WA
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RV-7 N646RC (Builder # 71194) flew for the first time on the morning of October 4, 2011 after 8 years of construction with Jerry Ronk at the controls. All went well except for a yaw trim issue.
The plane is equipped with a Mattituck/ECI TMX O-360,WhirlWind RV-200 Prop, Dynon D-100/D120, Ifly 720 GPS, Garmin SL-40 Com, Garmin GX-327 Transponder, Tru Trak Digiflight IIVS Autopilot. It flew for 18 months to work out all issues prior to paint. The empty weight after paint is 1073lb.
I would like to thank Jerry Ronk, Mike Howard, TW (Tom Wieduwilt), Ron Wood, Kevin Faris, Jerry Mason, Jim Gallamore, anyone else I forgot in EAA Chapter 80, and of course, my wife Carolyn (she actually bucked a few rivets before she decided it was too hard) for support and advice for the last eight years.
Location: Omaha, NE
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I made a scratch-built, ultra-light glider over the past summer as an introduction to home-built aircraft. I completed my maiden flight testing this past weekend. This is a Goat 4 Glider utilizing Yando wing modifications for the high altitudes of Utah. This aircraft is classified as an ultra-light glider with the same FAA regulations as a hang glider or paraglider. The design and flying characteristics are similar to the primary gliders of the 1930s, see Cessna CG-2. This specific glider is a design from Mike Sandlin and Alan Beavis. CAD drawings are available for free with an available Yahoo group for support and suggestions. I will be flying my glider via vehicle towing on the salt flats of Utah and I hope to eventually be proficient enough to utilize the mountains as well for possible launch sites.
The glider is constructed from T6 Aircraft tubing and is 100 % garage constructed. Everything from the seat to the vinyl roundels is made from scratch. The glider is covered by light weight Dacron and painted with an inexpensive enamel. It only took 20 weeks to build, using my evenings and weekends. I am a private pilot and this is my attempt to satisfy the cravings of my flying bug without the high costs of powered flight.
Here is a youtube video to enjoy from this past weekend.
Location: United States
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N750MN took to the sky on September 10th, 2013 for her maiden voyage. N750HB followed on September 11, 2013. Mike Norton and Dick Booher, friends for 40 years decided to build a pair of identical planes. We spent just over 14 months building the two planes.
Both are powered by the UL Power 350iS 130 horsepower fuel injected FADEC engine. Engine monitoring and flight Instruments are provided by the Dynon D-180 Flightdek. Other equipment includes a Bendix King GPS, Icom A210 com and Garmin GTX 327 transponder. We also mounted an ADS-B receiver in the glove box for weather and traffic being sent Bluetooth to the panel RAM mounted iPad. The props are a new design composite three-blade by Craig Catto along with a spun aluminum spinner made by Allan Cummins in Australia.
We built the planes at home and transported them to the airport for final reassembly. This was the first build for each of us and we frequently assisted each other during various stages. I could not have completed my plane without Dick's assistance and I am confident he feels I helped him occasionally.
We both have to thank our loving wives for their support and understanding during construction. Kudos goes to Zenith Aircraft for creating the simple kit as well as the endless factory support provided by Sebastian Heintz, Caleb Gebhardt, Roger Dubbert, Shirley, Joyce and Linda.
Location: Vine Grove, Kentucky
e-mail address: Yellowrv6@gmail.com
After completing the Bush King STOL Mission Aircraft project last year, I thought about designing and building another airplane: the Bush Eagle STOL, a nose-wheel "trainer" tail-wheel Bush STOL that converts to a Floatplane, all-in-one 2 place tandem.
I wanted a low cost STOL aircraft that was quick & simple to build, very rugged, yet easy to maintain in remote areas. Thus, the choice of engine and available parts (at very low cost) was a strong consideration. Once all the design drawings (in CAD & Solid Works), the Precision Welded Jigs and Laser cut parts where done, it took only 4 months to complete the quick build kit of the Bush Eagle STOL.
My Bush Eagle is fitted with the Bush King Performance VW2.3L 1:1.8 Re-drive Engine, PowerFin 75" ground-adjustable prop and the performance is excellent! It climbs out at +1000 ft/min and cruises nicely at 95 mph on about 3.4 gal/hr. (uses auto 93 Octane). Vx is 54 mph, Vy 69 mph, Vso is 46 mph "clean" and with 40 degrees of flaps under 32mph indicated! With two aluminum wing tanks I have 24 gal. fuel capacity on board or +5hrs flight time!
My Bush Eagle STOL is a very spacious, fun, all-in-one daily flier that I can land on paved runways, unpaved bush strips or even on a lake! Overall the Bush Eagle STOL has solid design choices and I am very happy with the result!
Location: Rowan County Airport, NC
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