N173RT made it’s first flight May 11th, after 12 years and 10 months of building. She was certified after 42 hours on July 17th, after which I took her to Oshkosh.
I want to say Thank You, to the whole Velocity family, factory and builders on the Reflector, that contributed in so many ways to the success of this project.
I'm not sure what words to say, but after 12 years and ten months of building, there were two questions that came up over and over. When will it fly? My answer was always Tuesday! And now as it turned out, I was ahead of schedule because we flew on Friday.
The other comment was usually something about how long it was taking. And my come-back was "You don't build and airplane because you want to go flying!"
I've enjoyed the building process for 12 years and ten months. And I wouldn't change a thing about it. It was therapeutic for me to go to the hangar and mix epoxy, sand, wrench, or just sit there looking at what was taking shape and have a "Builders Moment".
The education associated with this project is just amazing. When I started, everyone else was helping me. And now I am able to contribute a lot of "how to" and ideas to other new builders on our field.
Pass the word to all of the builders out there that are taking twice as long as they thought they would. "Hang in there. You will make it happen. And it is worth it."
Now I have a lot more to learn about flying, maintenance, and fixing squawks!
Editor's Note: Those of you who made it to Oshkosh this year know that Bob was kind enough to let us feature his Velocity in our booth. It truly is a beautiful airplane. -KB
Velocity 173 FG Elite
200 HP Lycoming IO 360 C1E6
3 Blade Catto Prop 66 x 74 (re-pitched a little finer to achieve 2300 rpm static) Based in Midland, Michigan at (3BS) Barstow Airport.