Keith Hedrick’s Rans S7S
After three years and a lot of help from my friends, 74VK took to the air. This is a great flying airplane and a lot of fun to fly.
Jay Bell’s RV7-A
My “almost complete” RV7-A quickbuild first flew in October 2012 following a 2½-year build, and it accumulated 98.6 hours and 5500 cross-country miles during the next 11 months. It has an Aero Sport Power IO-375, Catto prop, AeroLEDs, Dynon SkyView, Icom A210, Classic Aero interior, and AntiSpat Nose Job. Planned upgrades include paint, electronic ignition, transponder, and landing lights.
Thanks to my patient wife and navigator Lynne, my son and riveting partner Ian, Mike Seager for teaching me how to fly RVs, Van’s and other vendors with excellent products and service.
Olds, Alberta, Canada
Roger Tracy’s Sonex
Sonex N1579C made its first flight on April 8, 2013. The project was started at the end of June 2012. It was certified on April 1, 2013. The engine is an AeroVee 2180. I added hydraulic brakes from Great Plains and axles from Tracy O’Brien. The comm radio is a Flightline 760 and the transponder is a Sandia STX 165. The Sonex is a great-flying plane.
Lake Placid, Florida
Steve Kunkle’s Plansbuilt Mustang II
After 3½ years of building, in June 2013, I got the FAA inspection and at the end of July, the test pilot took it up and all went well. I have been flying and have about 22 hours on it now.
It has an IO-320 with Hartzell C/S prop and a Dynon SkyView with autopilot. I’m still doing a lot of testing on the plane and myself, but at 22 squared she flies at 130 knots burning 7.4 gph.
What an airplane! Thanks to Kitplanes® magazine for being a great information resource!
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