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Construction Log
- Horizontal Stabilizer (49:40)
- Vertical Stabilizer (21:15)
- Rudder (32:15)
- Right Elevator (35:45)
- Left Elevator (30:50)
- Inventory & Setup (9:30)
- Left Wing Prep (54:30)
- Left Fuel Tank (45:20)
- Left Wing Skins (46:10)
- Right Wing Prep (34:15)
- Right Fuel Tank (47:50)
- Right Wing Skins (40:15)
- Ailerons (54:30)
- Flaps (40:30)
- Rods and ends (18:45)
- Fuselage Parts List
- Inventory and Setup (7:15)
- FireWall (14:30)
- F-704 Bulkhead (13:25)
- F-705 Bulkhead (14:20)
- Other Bulkheads
   and Longerons

- Tailcone (29:30)
- Center Section (35:15)
- Forward Section (52:40)
- Forward Assembly (24:30)
- Skins/Baggage Area (46:30)
- Seats & Seat Floors (30:15)
- Flaps & Gear Mounts (18:15)
- Fuselage Plumbing (14:0)
- Tail Feathers (16:35)
- Front Deck/Firewall (58:50)
Finish Kit
- Electrical (57:30)
- Electrical Part 2 (24:0)
- Canopy (22:30)
- Landing Gear (18:35)
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RV-9A Construction Log:
Total RV-9A construction time so far: 1077 Hours, 15 Minutes
Current Construction Phase: Landing Gear
Here's the latest entry:
She's standing on her own!4/21/2014 - She's standing on her own!

Finally! I invited my neighbor over to help lift the fuselage off the work bench and put her on her feet. While my son, my neighbor and I lifted, my wife pulled the workbench out from under the fuselage and we set her down. Oddly enough it sat nosewheel down, but just barely. If you push down enough on the aft end of the fuselage, it will continue to go down until it touches the floor.

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Why the RV-9A?
Why the RV-9A? Take a look! The RV-9A is a 2-seat all-aluminum airplane, designed to be an easy-to-fly, economical and versatile aircraft. It has an average cruise of about 180mph and only burns about 7.5gph. It was designed for day-to-day flying, local trips and short cross-countries, with occasional long flights. Thanks to it's larger wings and long slotted flaps, even low time pilots find it easy to fly and land. Unlike it's sister aircraft, the RV-7A, the RV-9A it is not aerobatic. That's OK with me, since I like the contents of my stomach to stay where they are. I helped a friend of mine assemble the empennage on his RV-7A and I have already noticed that the RV-9A empennage is much easier to build. As of February 12, 2007, Van's Aircraft has over 4,997 aircraft completed by everday common folk using the skills they aquired in the building process.
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