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N325AB first flight

Postby gkremers » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:52 pm

First flight of my standard Highlander was Friday July 4th. The good news is there were no surprises and the first landing wasn't too bad for a rookie tailwheel pilot on hard surface. Vic and Billy did a good job preparing me when I was down at their place the end of last month.

My kit is #249 delivered in November 2011. Seems all 3 planes I've built have taken 2.5 years or so. I've put 4.2 hours on her and 7 landings so far, another 200 landings I'll start to feel more comfortable! Thanks to everyone on the forum that answered many of my questions during the build. A really big thanks to Jak as he was always just a phone call away when I needed expert advice. Steve's windshield is a really nice addition along with his pulley covers and butt rib composite pieces. I did put on the Rage Gear shock struts and so far am very satisfied. The trainer I used at Vic's place had the traditional bungee cords, I never really experienced a huge bounce but the Rage gear really smooths things out.

I haven't had time to take many pics but will post some others in a couple of weeks.

Thanks again for everyones help.
Gary Kremers
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby ScottieB » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:42 pm

Very nice looking plane Gary. Congratulations!
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby jak » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:20 pm

Way to go Gary! Jak
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby danerazz » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:32 pm

Are those ski attach points inboard of the wheels?
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby SuperFly » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:54 pm

Beautiful airplane Gary!! Congratulations!

Love the red scalloped edges on the paint!
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby jak » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:02 am

Gary when I delivered your plane I also delivered one to a friend of yours up there hows he coming with his? Jak
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby rmullins » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:22 am

I got a chance to see his plane just before he finished it and all I can say is I'm glad he wasn't my competition at Oshkosh. When you can see his workmanship the plane looks even better. It's probably the best quality build I've seen yet on a Highlander. Nice job Gary. congratulations on the first flight!
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby moving2time » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:48 am

Gary, I would love to see a video taken from the ground of your landing gear in action. Can you get someone to take some video as you land from along side the runway to get a good shot of the Rage Gear absorbing the landing? BTW, very nice looking build. Where are you located in Michigan? I am in Lorain, OH. Joe B
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby Tralika » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:59 am

Beautiful!
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby Johnny C! » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:22 pm

Very nice!

Congrats!

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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby kenryan » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:47 pm

Nice work Gary.
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby scubarider2 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:06 pm

Congrats on a great job! Now get out there and enjoy the fruits of your labor :wink:
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby Jack L » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:46 pm

Very nice aircraft Gary, stay safe and have fun.

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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby accent air » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:17 pm

Beautiful airplane Gary!! Congratulations!
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Re: N325AB first flight

Postby warlev » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:45 pm

Very very nice!!! Congratulations.
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