Van's Air Force
Western Canada Wing
RV-6 C-GBQX is now flying—first flight
by me occurred September, 1998, after a bit of time with Eustace Bowhay
in his RV-6 that same day.
What a fantastic feeling! The same (almost) as I had waiting in the hospital while my daughter was being born. An elation and tension like no other.
BQX flew with no unexpected surprises for 35 minutes to an uneventful landing. The attention I had watching the numbers in the circuit, and handling the controls during this first flight, released itself, when the canopy was finally opened, into a grin a foot wide and tears in my eyes for sure. Must be experienced to be believed. Worth every one of the 2,680 hours of construction time.
Without the patience and understanding of my wife Sheila, and her willing assistance during construction, I am sure the plane would still be in the box. Sheila operated the gun while I bucked, during about half the riveting of wings and fuselage. The plane must become a family affair to make the construction phase as enjoyable as the actual flying.
Everything was done in our 2-car garage, including base coat/clear coat paint job. The only thing farmed out was the sewing of the seat covers by Capricorn Upholstery of Vernon after I presented him with the pre-made foam cushions.
I have just completed the required 25 solo
hours and mailed away the climb test/journey log to Transport Canada for
issuance of the CofA.
Homer’s RV-6 has many fascinating features, too many to list here. You can see a complete list at the Western Canada Wing web site—Ed.
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