Rich Macrafic's RV-7A

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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"

Van's 10,000 Flying Airplanes

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"

Robert Anderson's RV-8

After many years of both building and not building (about 50/50) N184GC (One RV-8 for Grandpa Christensen) and I made the maiden flight on April 22, 2015 from Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM. That was prior to paint and empty weight was 1,041 lb. Continue reading "Robert Anderson's RV-8"

David Jacob Heino's Sonex

I completed Sonex #1072 on August 18, 2014 and made the first flight on August 22, 2014 from Charlie Brown/Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airplane now has over 150 hours on it and has made several trips from Atlanta to South Florida, the Carolinas, and to Tower, Minnesota which is just south of the Canadian border. Continue reading "David Jacob Heino's Sonex"

Jake Hayes' CubCrafters EX

My CubCrafters EX N-96FV was finished July 30, 2016 - last weekend of AirVenture. My 87-year old Dad was the first passenger after my 40-hour fly off. He flew chase in his Cherokee for the maiden flight.

It's painted in D-Day colors for my C-130 unit's 70th anniversary. 96th Airlift Squadron Flying Vikings were the 96th Troop Carrier Squadron in WW2. The squadron's designation was 6Z.  Continue reading "Jake Hayes' CubCrafters EX"

Lance Hooley's Jet Eze

It started with a visit with the Rutan guru Robert Harris of what was the EZ Hangar in Covington TN, now EZ Jets. I wanted to build a Long Eze but Robert suggested using current information and technology instead of 1977 when the plans came out. From then on, this airplane was not a Long Eze... it became my design. Originally I wanted an IO-360 in it and progressed this route. Then Robert said "why not make the fuselage bigger for a real sized person?" Continue reading "Lance Hooley's Jet Eze"