Leedom/Hlavac KitFox Lite

Leedom-Hlavac-KitFox-Lite

N200HL started life as a KitFox Lite kit. The engine is a Rotax 503 with a 3.47:1 reduction. The motor mount, carbon full cowl and the gear legs with coil spring absorption are all original designs. Mounted to the 503 is a 70" Warp Drive 3-blade prop and spinner. Continue reading "Leedom/Hlavac KitFox Lite"

Anderson Van's RV-4

Darrell Anderson Van's RV-4

After on-and-off construction started in November, 1991, N144DV took to the air on July 4, 2016. (Yes, that's 25 years into a 3-year project!)

A little over a year later, with only 50 hours on the Hobbs, I flew it from Montana to Oshkosh AirVenture 2017. I was honored to be awarded a Bronze Lindy in the Kit-Built category. Continue reading "Anderson Van's RV-4"

Dave Armando's Kitfox Speedster Model V

Dave Armando Kitfox Speedster Model V

After 6 years of building my 2001 Kitfox Speedster Model V was flown. Equipped with a Jabiru 3300 120 hp 6 cylinder, swinging an IVO medium constant speed prop, my own designed smoke system, Grove gear, Maule tail wheel, removable wing tips with a fishing pole locker inside, Super Bee lithium battery for weight reduction, and Cherry wood Instrument panel with the typical gauges plus a G meter. Continue reading "Dave Armando's Kitfox Speedster Model V"

Dave Armando's Rotorway 162F

Dave Armando Rotorway-162F helicopter

After 600 hours of build time my 2008 Rotorway 162F helicopter departed the earth. First flight was from my driveway after pushing it out of the garage. I have great neighbors! Continue reading "Dave Armando's Rotorway 162F"

Folkerts Murphy Super Rebel

Folkerts-Murphy-Super-Rebel

Wednesday, January 24th, 2017 at high noon, N25SR, a Murphy Super Rebel SR2500, took to the skies for approximately 45 minutes. I bought the kit in 1995, took delivery in 2000 due to overseas USAF moves, finally retired and began construction in 2011.

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Rich Macrafic's RV-7A

Rich-Macrafic-RV-7A-N4956T

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"