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Old 09-30-2017, 12:08 PM
Tom Martin Tom Martin is offline
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Default RV14 first flight

Took off this morning for a first flight, serial # 140153, from my farm grass strip.

Here is a picture of the brand new aircraft in my friend Ed Perl's brand new hangar. It will stay there tonight as the winds do not favour my runway.
A total of three flights today with a total of 3 hours. The aircraft is in good flight trim with no serious squawks. The 390 engine is quite powerful and the shortened RV10 wing is an excellent match for the aircraft. Roll rates are a little firmer then for the RV7, an improvement in my opinion. Cabin space is very good with excellent visibility.

This is my 12th aircraft completion and my 14th first flight. First flights are always exciting and I look forward to them. There is a lot of time and thought that goes into getting the aircraft, and myself ready for a first flight.

Tom Martin RV1 pilot 4.6hours!
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EVO F1 Rocket 1000 hours,
2010 SARL Rocket 100 race, average speed of 238.6 knots/274.6mph
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Old 09-30-2017, 01:29 PM
SabreFlyr SabreFlyr is online now
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Congrats, Tom! Great inspiration for my build (still in the very early stages). Congrats also on the lifetime achievement of 12 builds!
Ray Dosh
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Old 09-30-2017, 01:37 PM
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Congrats and thank you for your contributions in the forum!
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Old 09-30-2017, 03:01 PM
Arablenz Arablenz is offline
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From one farmer to another thanks for posting your first flight of the RV 14 . Thanks also for sharing your experienced building tips along the way for us newbies. All the best for your test period.
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Old 09-30-2017, 03:53 PM
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So awesome, looks fantastic!!! 12? Wow!
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:39 PM
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Glad to hear all went well.
Thanks Ron
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:41 PM
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Congratulations to you!
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Old 09-30-2017, 06:25 PM
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Default Congratulations

Glad to hear that your first flight went well, Tom. Thanks for all of your tips!
Don Rogers
Covington, OH
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:24 AM
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Jared_Solomon Jared_Solomon is offline
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Thumbs up Congratulations!

That's awesome! Congratulations!
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:28 AM
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Congrats Tom on another job well done!
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
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