Today a friend flew me to Fort Worth to pick up the plane. Really bad weather kept us from getting there very easily. A normal 3 hour flight was 6 ½, but we did make it there to pick her up. Here are some pics.
I was the first one to fly N144VA, other than a Van’s employee. It will be a great cross country machine, but not as nimble as the RV-7 I used to own. I am used to wheel landings, but Mike wanted me to learn 3 point landings. It is very unnerving to get the plane right off the runway, then stall it. It goes against my grain, but we worked on it and I made some progress, but certainly am not proficient with it. I can say that Mike Seager is an excellent pilot and along with checking me out in the 14 and getting a sign-off, I learned a bunch of other piloting skills. I wish I would have had some more time with him, but I have to get back to work and back to working on the plane.
I thought it would be a good idea if I flew about 5 hours in the RV-14 before my first flight. I have about 270 hours in my old RV-7, but it has been a few years since I have flown that. I go to Oregon and fly with Mike Seager on March 31st and April 1st.
While waiting on the finishing kit and word is, it may be a while before we receive the wheels and motor mount, I went ahead and put on a set of wheels so I can do some of the antenna work and also be able to roll it around for better utilization.
We lost our old friend today, she was a great companion and we will miss her. Lexy RIP
So when it was time to get another co-pilot we opted for a smaller version. This is Lily.
I went to Oregon for a Long Range Shooting School and had to stop by the plant. Unfortunately it was a Friday and no production was going on, but Ken was nice enough to give me a ride in the -14. Even though the weather was drizzly, we had a great flight. Having owned a -7, the -14 seems to be much more stable. Can’t wait to finish!