Smitty's RV-9A - Experimental Aircraft from Van's Aircraft The RV-9A from Van's Aircraft Howdeeeeee! I'm building an RV-9A from Van's Aircraft. Take your shoes off and sit a spell.
Howdy Ya'll
Howdy! I building an RV-9A! I'm an aviation nut and am excited about building my RV-9A from Van's Aircraft. Have a look around!
Smitty on FaceBook
Smitty on Twitter
Smitty on YouTube
Do what yer' Momma said...
Go Play!
This website contains Affiliate Links. Please read the Disclosure for details.
Log Search
RV How-to Videos
Places to FLY your RV!
RV Related Videos!
RV Resources
Become a PILOT!
RV-7/9 Drawings
ID: Pswd: RV-6A RV6A RV6 RV-6A RV7A RV7 RV-9A RV-9 RV9 RV-8A RV-8 RV8 RV-10 RV10 aviation aircraft Van's Aircraft RV8 RV8A RV-8 RV-8A RV-6 RV6 RV-6A RV6A RV-9 RV-9A RV9 RV9A RV10 RV-10 aopa eaa aviation experimental homebuilt airplane aircraft plane oshkosh
RV 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)
How I Did Stuff
Pop-Rivet Dimpler 101
My Wing Jig
My Wing Cradle
Wing Cradle Mod
Tilting Tank Jig
Delrin Aileron Stops
Nutplate Preparation
Fiberglass 101
Save Your Skin!
Events and News
Aviation Events
Aviation Events Around Texas
Fun Places To Fly in Texas
Aviation News
RV Groups & Support
Rivet Bangers
Van's Air Force
RV Information
How to Land an RV
Van's Aircraft
RV Resources
RV Photo Album
RV-7/9A Drawings
Nut & Bolt Torque Values
Misc Goodies
Fuselage Parts List
How to Land an RV
My Tools
Fix a Heavy Wing
Paint Possibilities
Forward Section - 3/12/2009
Home  Previous Entry  Next Entry  Back
Share on:
Drilled the floor stiffeners to the F-601J angles on the firewallDrilled the floor stiffeners to the F-601J angles on the firewall
I feel like a kid with a brand new card-board box, crawling in and out from under the fuselage. It's kind of cool under there. I look back through the fuselage, imaging what it will be like when the airplane is cruising at 6,500 feet on the way to lake to go fishing. Damn, I really need to hurry up! Anyway, back to reality... Here I have final drilled the stifferners to the firewall angles using my pneumatic angle drill.
Final drilled the stiffeners to the F-983-L&R cover support ribs Final drilled the stiffeners to the F-983-L&R cover support ribs
Same song a dance here.
Started work on the F-722 and F-724 ribs for the baggage areaStarted work on the F-722 and F-724 ribs for the baggage area
I starting off by fluting 2 of the ribs.
UPDATE : 8/30/2009 There are nutplate rivet holes in the F-724's that need to dimpled NOW. The actual nutplates go on later when you attach the F-750 side panels. If you wait till after the skin is on, you will have hell trying to dimple these holes. ALSO: Check your plans. There is a hole that needs to be enlarged for one of those plastic bushings in the F-724's.
Riveted on the nutplates to the F-722 ribsRiveted on the nutplates to the F-722 ribs
This is were the Longeron yoke comes in handy for putting in rivets in awkward places.
Cleced in the vertical ribCleced in the vertical rib
I had to do a little trimming on the longeron end of these ribs to make them fit.
Clecoed in the F-722 ribsClecoed in the F-722 ribs
Clecoed the F-750 aft baggage side covers to the F-722 and F-724 ribsClecoed the F-750 aft baggage side covers to the F-722 and F-724 ribs
Hey, I think I'm ready to start riveting the fuselage together!
Home  Previous Entry  Next Entry  Back

A website designed for Van's Aircraft Homebuilders, helping them find the information they need to build the most dynamic aircraft in the world.
The "cover your butt" section
This website was built to document the construction of an RV-9A in compliance with the FAA requirements needed to certify the aircraft. Any experiences and/or comments are by no means to be considered as instructions on how to build an RV-9A or any other aircraft. Please read our Disclosure for details.
This is website is owned and published by OpenAirNet, Inc. © 2015. All rights reserved.
Cool Stuff