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Marc DeGirolamo's RV-4 Project

C-FRVE was built by Marc DeGirolamo and Lowell Johnson of Saskatoon Sk. Marc started building the tail in 1993 with Lowell joining in the fun by starting on the fuselage. After all the components were built FRVE was assembled in Marc's garage--we were in 1998 now.

After the rigging and preclosure inspection was complete the wings and control surfaced were taken off again and stored. Next came the canopy, cowl and finally engine and electrical systems. Now we are in 1999 and ready to move to the airport for painting and final assembly--October 2000.

RVE was started for the first time amid some shaky knees in April 2001. Some minor tweaking before a final inspection and: the First Flight on July 7th 2001.

The first 25hrs were flown off in about a month (July was windy) and the tether was cut in September 2001. We have almost 40 hrs on her now, and are ready to tuck her away during the cold winter months.

RVE flies like no other plane I have ever flown. It is a little different to land compared to the trikes I had become accustomed to but I am now a "taildragger pilot" and wouldn't have it any other way.

Would I do it again ? You bet, in a heartbeat but for the moment I am content to have some fun flying.


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