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    First flight of Stewart Headwind N96DR

    May 23, 2017 she took to the skies after a 2 year build. Empty weight of 498.6 pounds. Scratch built from plans. Hummel 1915cc engine rated at 65hp. A Tennessee Propeller provides the thrust. Cruises at 80MPH.
    Enjoy the video!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMh8xSRmpkA&t=6s

    Inflight video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q92sk9wGuiU

    Dave Rigotti

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    Congratulations and well done!
    Jeff Point
    RV-6 and RLU-1 built & flying
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    "It All Started Here!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by drigotti View Post
    May 23, 2017 she took to the skies after a 2 year build. Empty weight of 498.6 pounds. Scratch built from plans. Hummel 1915cc engine rated at 65hp. A Tennessee Propeller provides the thrust. Cruises at 80MPH.
    Enjoy the video!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMh8xSRmpkA&t=6s

    Inflight video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q92sk9wGuiU

    Dave Rigotti
    Dave, where is the airplane located?

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    Congrats!

    But you missed the runway on your landing!
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    Great job Dave, Don Stewart's Headwind will never go out of style!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Giger View Post
    Congrats!

    But you missed the runway on your landing!
    "Coriolis effect" go me!

    Dave

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    Just saw this thread. Belated congratulations!

    Flight report, now that you (hopefully) have some hours on her? I'm particularly interested in how it flies with your direct drive motor.

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    43 hours on her at this point. Just about to exit phase one program. Pure joy to fly "low and slow". Cruise at 2800RPM is 85MPH. Lands around 40-45MPH. I see 500+FPM climb at 65MPH. VERY well behaved airplane. 2 others have flown her and remark the same thing.
    Weather permitting I'll have her at OSH this year. Wednesday the 26th at 1PM I'll do a "Hombuilts on Review" in front of the Homebuilders Hangar on her.

    Dave Rigotti

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Boatright View Post
    Dave, where is the airplane located?
    Registered in Chesterland, Ohio.

    Ron Wanttaja

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    Congrats! What a great looking airplane.
    Rick

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