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Old 02-02-2016, 09:30 AM
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Ebeswick Ebeswick is offline
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Default RV-9(A) #92148

Hello All-

Being that I am relatively new to VAF and have recently started a RV-9 project, I thought it might be appropriate that I begin a thread to document my build progress. I purchased a partially completed emp. kit towards the end of last year, and I have since completed work on the H.S., V.S. and I am now in the final stages of completing the rudder and right elevator. I have found a wealth of information here, and I am extremely grateful for this site (Thanks Doug!). Progress will be relatively slow as I plan to complete the emp. kit, then take a bit of a building hiatus while I attend grad school.

Some pictures of the beginning stages:

That's all for now, but I look forward to the journey and posting updates as I go.
Ethan Beswick
RV-9 Emp. - Completed
1948 Cessna 140
EAA Chapter 211 Member
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:26 PM
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Hard to imagine there's a better way to spend Michigan winters than RV building in a warm shop. I lived up there for 23 delightful yrs and remember it well.
Terry Ruprecht
RV-9A Tip-up; IO-320 D2A
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(Dues paid thru Nov '18)
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:44 PM
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Building the empennage is probably the most memorable moment. It's the beginning of a big journey and it's a very satisfying mission. You look at the finished tail and think I did it. I "almost" built an airplane. Your friends and neighbors become curious your relatives think you are crazy. Please keep posting your progress Ethan. And order your wings NOW! You won't have anything to do in couple months.
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Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:35 PM
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Looking Good, Ethan! Vlad nailed it - The emp was fun and we all learned some great skills!

Thirteen years ago the girls and I spent quality time in the garage. Megs is now out of college and working in Madison, and Kate heads off to college next summer......

1500 hours later we are still big fans of the -9A (90767), and all the great people we have met along the way! Enjoy the ride......

Amateur Plane - RV-9A N789PH - 2450+ Hrs
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Doggies Delivered - 25+
St. Paul, MN
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:04 PM
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Congratulations Ethan
Enjoy. It's a life changing journey and there's no deadline.
When people ask, "When will you be done?", answer "Tuesday".
Larry Larson
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Donated 12/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (3,000+ hours)
Empennage, wings, fuse, finishing kit done. Working FWF
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by wirejock View Post
Congratulations Ethan
Enjoy. It's a life changing journey and there's no deadline.
When people ask, "When will you be done?", answer "Tuesday".
Haha! Just don't specify which Tuesday.
RV-9A "slider"--sold in July 2021
Flew to Osh in 2017, 2018 & 2019!
Donation made for 2021
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:08 AM
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Default Nice job

Hi Ethan,
The workmanship looks great. Anytime you want to stop by just let me know. Hopefully the winter will continue to be mild for Michigan standards. Spring is just around the corner.

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Old 02-04-2016, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by rightrudder View Post
Haha! Just don't specify which Tuesday.
HAHAHAHA - - my airport manager says the same about me - I finally got a hangar in Dec,
- he says -when ?
- I say - late spring
- he says - -hmmm- which spring

note - I told him spring for the last two years! Apparently, I am an optimist

To the OP - building is a learning process, each project builds a skill needed in the next with progressive challenges. You might still finish before I do. It certainly is not just assembly.


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Old 02-04-2016, 08:02 AM
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You are all incorrect ! I tell them Friday.. not which one ....Tom
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Life is uncertain -Eat desert first !
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:11 AM
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Hi Ethan,
My name is Jeff and I am also working on a -7 emp. I live in Charlotte, Michigan. Where abouts are you in Michigan? Perhaps we could get together and help one another out.

Best of luck!
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