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RV-9A construction at 1-year anniversary!

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It is now exactly one year since the UPS truck delivered the empennage kit and I began to assemble parts for the tail section. There are two new pictures on page 28 showing the landing gear steel weldments and the "tools" I used to put in some hard-to-reach washers and nuts on some bolts in that area between the two main spar bulkheads that attach the wings to the fuselage.http://home.earthlink.net/~n2prise3/rv9a028.htmIt was a good day with another milestone behind me on this first anniversary. On this day in 2004, I hope that I am flying this airplane!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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It is hard to believe that a year has gone by already, Jerry. You have acomplished so much in that time, and little by little, your airplane has become more and more a reality.Good show! We are all looking forward to the final stages of construction and the first flight.Best regards.Luis

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Congratulations, Jerry! :-beerchugTime sure flies. It seems like you just started.[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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I see that most of the structural stuff is fast finding its way into history. The focus is now turning toward elevator bellcrank and pushrods, rudder cables, fuel lines, etc. The 7.2 hours of work today brought my work time up to 883.4 hours. Yeah, that's a year's worth of work on the airplane. That averages out to 2 hours 25 minutes a day, every day, all year. Now of course, I have been working my job, on the road, etc. So that tells you that I have been working some long days here and there and a number of evenings that have been productive.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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It was another "milestone" day. I managed to get the blane instrument panel and the supporting structure in place. I also match-drilled the front top skin to the ribs, longerons, and the instrument panel braces. It feels good! Two new pictures posted on page 29.http://home.earthlink.net/~n2prise3/rv9a029.htmJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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What? No pictures!?!? What can I say? I am down in the Miami area and all I could do today was order the finishing kit. Yep, that really big crate that contains the canopy, cowling, wheels, tires, brakes, etc....IS NOW ON ORDER. I sent the FAX from the office today and followed it up with an email to verify that it was received at Van's Aircraft. I have just received the email reply confirming the order.http://home.earthlink.net/~n2prise3/rv9a030.htmI almost forgot! The total work time at the end of my priming session from this past Saturday: 900.4 hours!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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That was kind of like settling down in a seat in a movie theater, expecting a good movie to start, and having the projector fail, Jerry. ;-)[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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Bob,You did not say a word about my visit to see my friend's new engine as I was leaving town. At least on Monday, I will have a lot of stuff to rivet together from my priming session this past Saturday! I will have something more for you to see then for sure!Sorry about the movie projector...I did have plenty of pictures on Page 29 after my Sunday visit at David Edgemon's shop.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Jerry,Good point, I neglected to mention the engine pics, which I should have, as engines (of any sort) fascinate me.I assume that obtaining an engine has nothing to do with Van's, but is a separate purchase? And probably "the" major bucks purchase, other than the fuselage itself. But in following Larry Adamson's posts, I guess none of it is overly "affordable". But at least it's all spread out over some time.Your project has made this forum the most interesting one on AVSIM. :-)[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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When you consider what this forum is "supposed to be about", I guess I have kept it interesting over here. The engine and prop will total around $25K. So far, I have about $21K invested, and that only includes the autopilot and the downpayment on the finishing kit. I will still need the firewall forward plumbing, and additional avionics and flight instruments. It is starting to look like around $60K to the get into the air. I was warned, but then I think of it as an investment.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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>It is starting to look like around $60K to the>get into the air. That'a exactly where I am, at this point. A few more hundred dollars for a few engine hoses, and it can be flyable (dollar wise), as I got my last major purchase (the strobes) last week. Any additional expense will be upolstery to finish the seats and line the cockpit. And somewhere along the line......... paint.Panel from left sidehttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/47411.jpgL.Adamson

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$25K for an engine and prop. Oh my.But $60K for a brand new aircraft sounds like a good deal. I know little of aircraft prices, but enough to know that they're probably a whole lot more than that. And though you had to put it together yourself, from my point of view that's a bonus. In part it is "you", and what better way to get to know your aircraft than to have touched each and every part of it.A question about the instrument panel. Your pictures show the panel "blank". I assume you're responsible for punching holes in it, after you decide on your instrumentation? How is this done? Are you equipped to create large holes like that, or will you have to take it to something like a sheet metal shop? I used to create hydraulic flow benches, and I sure didn't have the ability to punch the holes for the pressure gauges and all.I'm sure that the instrumentation and radio stack is another significant cost.[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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Bob,Hopefully next "spring". I work too much, and my heating A/C business is very strong this year.As to panel holes, they're cut with a fly cutter. It's an adjustable bar with one blade that turns at low speeds in a drill press. The holes come out perfect, once you grasp the technique. You can also buy pre-punched panels from Van's if you don't mind their layout. My own panel is three re-movable sections screwed to a mostly cutout original panel.I'm throwing in two pics of another RV I grabbed of the internet. Gives a good look of the finished airplane & a panel with more equipment than mine.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/47646.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/47647.jpgL.Adamson

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