After three years and 1,800 hours of construction, I'm proud to acknowledge the first flight of my Rotax 912 ULS powered Van's RV-12 E-LSA, serial number 120850, N850VH, on May 20, 2017, at Archuleta County Stevens Field (KPSO) Pagosa Springs, Colorado, field elevation 7,664' (morning density altitude well over 9,000'). Continue reading "John Vander Horck RV-12"
I stopped by to check on the progress of the One Week Wonder this morning, and found this gentleman removing blue plastic from parts destined for the empennage. The fairly simple - but still important - task was assigned when the man (who identified himself as "Richard") wandered in and asked if he could help. Continue reading "One Week Wonder - Anyone Can Help!"
If it's Tuesday night at AirVenture, it must be the Van's Aircraft Banquet night. A couple hundred RV builders, owners, vendors, and wannabes gathered at the Nature Center Pavilion for the annual celebration of all things RV. Continue reading "Van's Banquet"
In April of 2011 I ordered a kit from Van's Aircraft--the E-LSA RV12, and I have been building it since then. Last fall (2017) I finally got the paper work finalized and got my airworthiness certificate from the FAA. There were just a couple of Service Bulletins that I wanted to take care of before the first flight. Continue reading "Scholes RV-12 - N935RS"
Yesterday I completed the shortest Phase 1 flight testing program I have ever done - it was for a neighbor's ELSA RV-12, an airplane I have been watching him build for the past five years. I have flown numerous flight test programs on E-AB aircraft, but this was my first time going through a factory test program for an airplane built to conform exactly to their specifications. Because it is more in the nature of production flight testing than experimental flight testing, the FAA allows a simple five hour program - which is not a lot of time to get a LOT done. Continue reading "Five-Hour Phase One"
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"