RV-7A N4956T, after a 12-year build, flew for the first time on 10/09/2017 from KRST (Rochester, MN).
Everybody talks about the "RV smile" after that first flight. For me, that came on the second flight. The first one was approached with trepidation, caused by the combination of a new plane that had never flown and a pilot (me) that had only six hours of transition training (albeit excellent training) under my belt. The flight ended with, I'll admit, a few tears; tears of relief, pride, joy and accomplishment. Ok, it also ended with a bottle of champagne with my co-builder and wife, Cindy. Continue reading "Rich Macrafic's RV-7A"
Congratulations to David Porter, who recently reported the first flight of his RV-7 and became the official 10,000th Van's RV aircraft to transition from a collection of parts and take to the skies. We say "official" because there are certainly more than 10,000 flying, but we don't know about all of them. Many builders have taken to the air and, doubtless, the thrilling experience caused them to overlook alerting anyone at Van's. Continue reading "Van's 10,000 Flying Airplanes"
The hugely popular One Week Wonder project, where a complete airplane is built over a seven-day period, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2018. The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention will be at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 23-29.
This time, the airplane will be a Van's RV-12iS, a member of the family of kit aircraft that are the most popular kits in the world. Van's Aircraft will be celebrating the 10,000th RV flying during AirVenture 2018.
MWfly sent us news of their new competition--a chance for one lucky builder to win an engine for their project. The catch? They will be competing with other builders mounting similar MWfly engines. The winning design will be chosen by a jury picked by the company, and their engine purchase cost refunded. This is an international competition, and is certainly a unique and interesting marketing idea. Ideally, it will encourage the use of the engine, and hopefully generate some new design applications. Continue reading "Free Engine? Yes - but with a catch!"
I had a wonderful flight on a recent cool Saturday morning out into the middle of Nevada - Winnemucca, Nevada, to be precise. Cold and smooth with 20 knots of tailwind at 11,500 feet, it took only about 45 minutes from my home base near Carson City. Now if you look at a map of the United States, Carson City is fairly remote from any major metropolitan area (yes, its just down the road from Reno, but Reno bills itself as the Biggest LITTLE city in America, so it hardly counts as "major"). And if you consider Carson City as "out there", what does that say about Winnemucca? Yet, there is a dedicated young homebuilder out there, a mining engineer putting together an RV-10 - and he needed someone to take a look at his riveting to make sure he was on the right track. It was a beautiful day, I had a fast airplane, so why not have an excuse to travel and trade stories with another aviator. Continue reading "Hi-Tech Tech Counseling"
Light aircraft manufacturer, CubCrafters, is introducing two new variants of the company's hugely successful Carbon Cub model, the Carbon Cub EX-3 and FX-3. The Carbon Cub EX-3 is an experimental amateur built (E-AB) kit, and the Carbon Cub FX-3 is the company's FX (Factory eXperimental) builder assist version. Both feature CubCrafters' new, more powerful, fuel-injected engine, constant-speed propeller, and higher 2,000 lb. gross weight limit. Continue reading "CubCrafters Unveils New EX-3 and FX-3 Models"