Rhea Van's RV-7


Rhea RV-7

My slow-build Rv-7 was started in August of 2012. I work full time so this was an evening and weekend project.

Rhea RV-7This is my third experimental aircraft and my first slow-build kit. I must say after plans-building two other aircraft that Van’s has got to be the finest kit. Almost everything fit to a “T” and required very little extra work. I already had a lot of tools and knew how to use them.

The first flight was October 16, 2014 with Dave Austin at the controls. Dave took a 20 minute first flight and pronounced that we had a little right wing heavy so hand forming the left aileron is all it took. No rudder trim necessary.

Thanks to Doyle Reed for all the help and encouragement, family and grandkids for their help and  support.

N60KR is a 1020-lb slider and is equipped with a low time 0-320-D2A, EFII ignitions, Catto Propeller, MGL Enigma EFIS with AP servos, AHRS, MGL V-10, MGL AS-1, Trig TT21,Pathfinder ADS-B. The Interior is by Flightline interiors with my supplied leather.

My own paint and polish and my wife’s design of the chevrons. I have accumulated 47 hours of the RV-7 and I’m getting some of the fine tuning done.

–Keith Rhea

Rhea RV-7


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