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It seemed inadvisable to me to fly a brand new A/C into IFR conditions. I assume this wasn't it's first flight but still I think until it has a few hours on it one should stay VFR and near the field, just in case. I think it is always advisable to stay close to the base and VFR when test flying an A/C after major work has been done; brand new, overahauls, major repairs, and of course annual inspections.
Take extra care to avoid activities that might detract from flying.
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