Jan 24

Missing rudder skins received

In my last post related to the RV-9A build, I said that the two rudder skins were missing from the empennage kit. Well, after getting back to Van’s Aircraft about it, they sent me the skins with no hassle and they arrived today. So, now the kit is complete and I can put everything away … Continue reading »

Jan 16

Empennage inventoried

I completed the inventory of the empennage this weekend. I discovered that the kit is missing the left and right rudder skins. It’s not a big deal though, because Van’s Aircraft gives its customers 30 days to report any missing components and they will send them at no charge. Aside from that everything is there. … Continue reading »

Jan 16

Van’s Aircraft

On FlyAroundTheSun.com, I intend to document the building process of an RV-9A homebuilt airplane. The RV-9A is one of eight models of aircraft kits manufactured by Van’s Aircraft, which was founded by Richard VanGrunsven, a mechanical engineer who has over 10 000 hours flight time including 6 500 in homebuilt airplanes. Richard’s first airplane was … Continue reading »

Jan 11

Empennage ordered and received

On January 6, 2011, I placed an order with Van’s Aircraft for the empennage kit for the RV-9A and it arrived today, January 11. The empennage consists of the horizontal stabilizer and vertical stabilizer. The elevators and rudder are also included. It’s kind of a surreal moment to see two boxes of airplane parts sitting … Continue reading »