Edward Schupp’s RV-9
My Van’s RV-9 took flight on October 10, 2011, after five years of highly enjoyable construction. It is powered by a Lycoming IO-320-D1A with a Sensenich fixed-pitch prop. The aircraft is based at Green Landings in wild and wonderful West Virginia. Thanks to test pilot Craig Fuller and to Jack Raun for his help and encouragement throughout this project.
Mark Pensenstadler’s RANS S-6S Coyote
I am happy to show off my newest completion—a RANS S-6S Coyote. I now have over 50 hours on it, and I am absolutely thrilled with its performance. Like most RANS airplanes, it is equipped with a Rotax 912S engine and a 70-inch KievProp. At 5000 rpm, it will cruise at 107 mph and burn 3.5 gph. At 5500 rpm, it cruises at 120 mph. The S-6S has two baggage compartments that can be packed with a week’s worth of camping gear. The airplane is perfect for adventure flying.
Steve Adamczak, a skilled machinist and Kitfox builder, was a big help on this project. He machined my custom tie-down attachments for the wingstruts as well as other cool parts.
I really enjoyed the entire three-year process of building this airplane. Designing the panel and painting the airplane were the two tasks I enjoyed the most. But be careful where your exhaust fan blows! My neighbor didn’t like the smell and called the police. I walked out of the paint booth and found two police cars and two fire trucks at my house! It wasn’t funny at the time, but it’s become a hilarious hangar story.
Group-Built Van’s RV-10
Our Van’s RV-10 was built by a team of Ken Smith, Tom Smith, Tim Dawson-Townsend and Anton Nielsen. Total build time was about six and a half years. We took our first flight on July 7, 2010, and the test period was completed without major hiccups. Paint went on in May 2011, and we made the first pilgrimage to Oshkosh in July. We took a Second in Class trophy in the 2011 AirVenture Cup Race. Our paint scheme features the logo of the Fisher House Foundation to promote its mission of supplying free local lodging for the families of military members undergoing treatment at distant military or VA hospitals.
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