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  • This is an independent website, not associated with Van's Aircraft, but created by people who are familiar with Van's RVs, having participated in the building process.

  • This website was built to document the construction of an RV-9A in compliance with the FAA requirements needed to certify the aircraft. Information displayed on this website is for entertainment and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be instructional in any way on how to build or maintain any aircraft.

  • The information contained on this website is not a substitute for advice from a professional who is aware of the facts and circumstances of your individual situation. Before taking on any project or making a large purchase, we recommend you do your own research and consult a professional for advice. We, along with VansAircraftBuilders.com, FunPlacesToFly.com and/or OpenAirNet Inc, are NOT liable for any damage to your aircraft or injury incurred as a result of following our tips, advice or instructions. We are not aviation professionals or certified technicians. Our desire to share what we have learned with others.

  • By using this website, you accept personal responsibility for the results of your actions. You agree to take full responsibility for any harm or damage you suffer as a result of the use, or non-use, of the information available on this website or the resources available for download from this website.

  • Before taking on any aviation related kit or project or making a large purchase, we recommend you do your own research and consult a professional for advice.

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