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– –   EAA92 October Meeting – –  HUGH COOK’S RV8 BUILD AND TEST FLIGHTS   – –

After 12 1/2 years and 2000+ man-hours, Hugh completed a Vans RV8 kit build (Slow build).  He built the airplane in his garage in Foothill Ranch, and finished it at Corona.  During the project he overhauled a Lycoming HO-360-B1B.  The test run on a calibrated dynamometer test cell verified 230 HP output.  Hugh has completed the Phase 1 fly-off, and it flies straight and meets expected performance parameters.

Join us as we hear all about his build process, the extra work that went in to souping-up the engine, and the test flight process.


Hugh Cook has five decades in aviation, from a line boy pumping gas in high school, to designing rockets and spaceships.  Currently held Certificates include AS/MEL, with an Instrument rating. 

Airplanes owned: Cessna 150 (2), Piper J-3 Cub (2), Fleet Model 1, Cessna 172SP (partnership), and currently an RV8. 

Hugh earned his PPL at Lake Wohlford near Escondido, CA, a 1400’ long gravel strip on a hilltop at 1600’ elevation. Interesting!  He owned, maintained, and flew a 1929 Fleet Model 1 biplane with a 125 HP Warner Scarab from the Washington D.C. area to the San Diego area by way of Oshkosh.  He has owned two Piper Cubs over a 20 year span with ~500 hours, ~1000 landings.  Hugh has flown lots of long cross countries including from near Wilmington, DE to Corona, CA.  Lots of adventures!

Hugh also accomplished a total restoration of a Piper Cub, involving a complete disassembly of airframe and engine, with inspect, repair, refurbish or replace as necessary.  Re-covered it using Ceconite/nitrate/butyrate, 13 coats, which took about four years and 1000 man hours.


This is an on-line Zoom session, and open to anyone locally or across the country who would like to join in.  So grab your PC or iPad, and your favorite beverage and snacks and experience Hugh’s RV8 journey.

By this time, most of you have probably already used Zoom; but if not, read up on it a little ahead of time.  It’s pretty easy to use.


EAA Chapter 92 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: EAA Chapter 92 – Hugh Cook’s RV8 Build & Test Flights
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please register in advance for this meeting, so you will receive any status updates:


This will take you to the registration page where you will need to input your name and email address. Then at the time of the event, you will click on the link emailed to you to join the webinar. You can also join live at the time of the event at this link:


Meeting ID: 861 1878 2585
Passcode: 196294

Meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM


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