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Builder:
  David Nolte
Location:
  Wichita, KS - USA
Aircraft:
  RV-7A
Total Build Hours:
  2370
Web Site:
  http://www.mykitlog.com/kanflyer/

Date:  10-13-2017
Number of Hours:  4.00
Short Description:  First Flight!

With clear skies and light winds, today was the day. My brother Steve came in from North Carolina, and joined other brother Doug and good friend/hangar partner Ross to assist as the first flight support crew. Start up and taxi were normal at this point, so after a thorough runup, external look-over and final check of the instruments I made the call for the first time "Stearman traffic, Experimental 413 Delta Juliet departing runway 17"

The engine developed the full 2700 RPM (thanks Lycoming & Hartzell), airspeed came off the pegs at 20 kts (thanks Garmin) and we were airborne well before we passed my open hangar doors (thanks Van's). All-in-all, I couldn't have asked for a more perfect first flight! Of course there were a few minor issues to deal with during Phase 1 testing--the typical high CHTs, a mushy right brake, and a very steep learning curve for the pilot...none of which is surprising.

Thanks to all my family and friends for their support over the years!




The famous RV grin!

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