1st Irish RV7 flies

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1st Irish RV7 flies

Post by hum » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:31 pm

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Post by Maverick » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:03 pm

Well done and i like the reg :D

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Post by Mike C » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:15 am

Well done Gerry,
Hope you bring it into Coonagh soon so we can have a look at it!

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Post by RV BLUE » Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:26 pm

Congatulations, I'm sure your going to enjoy it. I have many hours in a 6. I think they are the best value for the money. And are they fast...as fast as a Beech Bonanza, but the beauty is it just sips fuel.....happy Landings.....

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Post by hugoj_air » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:05 pm

Congatulations Gerry,

On my one and only visit to your strip two years ago it was
just a shell with many many hours work still to go. Well done
fly safe and enjoy. Pity we missed each other that day.

Regards,
Hugo.

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Post by mike romeo » Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:10 pm

Congratulations Gerry and well done,

I remember reading the article you wrote on the harrier for the Baldonnel air spectacular in '97 I think it was. That article what first set me on the road to considering flying as a career.

Once again well done,
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Post by Nidata » Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:48 pm

Gerry,
Congrats from the Eastern Seaboard, you've lived my dream.
Imagine building that plane ! well done. :o
Would love to tackle a project like that......someday.

If it's not too intrusive what was the approx project cost ?
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Post by Flyer1 » Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:03 pm

Congrats Gerry. Nice looking little machine. Now for the hard part, deciding on what colour.

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Post by Fanstop » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:10 pm

Well done Gerry. Was it really 5 years since i saw it at your place, in small bits on the floor, the biggest Meccano set in the world. Enjoy and lots of safe fun.
Any idea of the total hours involved?

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Post by Kevlar » Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:19 pm

Nice work Gerry, who built it for ya? :lol:
Regards, Kevlar

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Post by hum » Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:13 pm

Thanks for the messages, 5 hours done so far, very pleased with performance and handling.

EIAB and back today where Dave B flew it - flicks very nicely!

150 Kts cruise at 2400RPM on mogas, can't complain. Gets airborne with 2 people and 5 hours fuel in 200m - not too shabby either!

Total cost was very close to the cost estimator on the Vans website - including tools, transport, 2nd hand engine, new prop, 2nd hand avionics and a 2-axis autopilot I'd say no change from ?50K.

Time spent? I don't know for sure, I'd guess 2000 hours even though it was a 'quick build' kit, but a lot of that was spent studying & planning. Biggest hurdle was to stop thinking about the overall project and set small 'bite sized' tasks, concentrate on them until done and then move on to the next. Elephant eating... small bits at a time! Next one will be much quicker..... Dreaming of a Harmon rocket... will have to start saving up!

http://www.teamrocketaircraft.com/intro/intro.html

RV7 Paint is now decided on - as usual ask 10 people you get 10+ opinions, but I have always liked the factory scheme so I am going for a modified version rather like G KELS with a black/white check pattern on the rudder.

http://www.rvuk.co.uk/rvdetails/gkels.htm

Don't be afraid to come and say hello, I will be putting some miles on it over the summer, more than happy to give Flying in Ireland forum people a go.

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Post by mike romeo » Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:26 pm

Hey hum,
The F1 looks like it can throw some shapes in the sky! Do you think you'd go for a glass option if you build one? Might as well go all out on the fighter theme!

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Post by alphaLaura » Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:10 pm

Wow, that is incredibly gorgeous! Paint looks wonderful. I'll be up in the morning.

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Post by OnTheNumbers » Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:10 am

Hi Gerry,

Since you're offering - I wouldn't my a hop. Have flown a few potential projects but I've completely missed experiencing the Vans.

Which engine are you using that runs on mogas and what sort of fuel burn are you getting at 2400?
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Post by hum » Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:21 pm

The engine is a Lycoming 0-320 E2A. Its a 150 Hp low compression engine and so OK to run on mogas, I run some AVgas through it whenever I can, but don't expect any problems on the cheap stuff.

Its turning a very coarse prop - 78" pitch which keeps the RPM down until the speed increases.

I'm not sure about fuel burn yet, but an 0-320 burns about 40 lit an hour at max chat I reckon.

Going for paint soon - I have decided on a uniform dark colour for high visibility - probably Dark Blue.

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