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Builder:
Ray Congdon
Location:
Cedar City, UT - USA
Aircraft:
Van's Aircraft - RV-9A
Manufacturer:   
http://www.vansaircraft.com/
Engine:
Lycoming - O-320 B3B
Prop:
-
Total Build Time:
623 Hours

This Great Adventure came about after I attempted to build a Vision composite A/C. While the Vision has many great specs, I found several problems that made it an unsatisfactory project for me. First I found that I have contact dermatitis from working with the epoxy... No fun at all!

Then I discovered that there are no small, bite-sized sub projects when working with composites. Once you start a lay-up figure at least 6 hours of work, no potty breaks, no eating, no phone calls etc. Often it was more like 10 - 12 hrs including cleanup!

So, after some more research I settled on Vans RV-9A. I ordered a manual and read it cover to cover in March of 2004 then made the trek to Aurora Oregon and got to take a flight in the factory -9 in May of 2004... Ordered the Empanage on site while still grinning... The rest is history, documented here.

Please feel free to contact me just to shoot the breeze or to point out a oops or to ask how in the heck I managed to do whatever. Thanks for looking!

Recent Activity
 Date Hours Work Log Summary Details
 04-08-2008
5.0
Moved The Project To "Storage'
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 01-12-2008
5.0
Riveted The Aft Fuselage Left Skin
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 01-05-2008
3.0
Riveted The Right Aft Side Skin.
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 01-03-2008
4.0
Riveted The Bottom Of The Aft Fuselage.
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 01-02-2008
9.0
Started The Riveting, Made Some More Of The Small
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 01-01-2008
10.0
Finished The Dimpling, Priming Of Aft Fuse
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 12-31-2007
11.0
Built A Foot Valve For The Pneumatic Dimpler And D
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 12-29-2007
3.0
Riveted BellCrank, Made Spacers Etc. Matched Drill
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 12-28-2007
9.0
Assembled And Drilled The Aft Fuselage Section.
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 12-27-2007
4.0
First Assy Of The "Canoe"
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