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Old 12-05-2021, 11:34 AM
CJ in EP CJ in EP is offline
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Location: Eden Prairie, MN
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Default New Completion - 9A N111CT

I'm pleased to announce the completion of my 13.5-year 9A build!

The basics:
- YIO-320-D1A with AvStar fuel injection
- MT MTV-11-C Constant Speed Propeller
- Day/Night VFR - Two Screen Garmin panel with the usual goodies
- Classic Aero Leather Seats and full carpet kit, side panel kit on order
- AeroLEDs throughout
- Anti Splat Aero nose job, main/nose wheel bearing mods, oil separator
- Tanis pre-heat system (cylinder head and oil sump heaters)

She weighed in at 1104 lbs. with the empty CG at 76.20".

I'm very happy to move on to the next phase of project, Phase I testing. I have a lot to do to get myself ready first, and I'm happy to be able to work with Tom Berge for first flight and transition training.

I have a lot of people to thank for their help along way. This forum has been outstanding, I honestly can't name a better resource for RV information anywhere else. Additionally, I found Smitty's site to be very helpful, and Bruce Hills site was invaluable throughout the build! Locally, my Tech Councilor Mike Hilger was a great resource and source of information and help. My son Alex and buddy Mark spent many an hour bucking rivets with me on the wings and center section. Alex Peterson was nice enough to give me a couple motivation flights through the years, as well as lots of insight on building and ownership. Of course, none of this would have happened without the love, support, and help of my wife Trish. She's a heck of a riveter, and a good sport, an excellent sounding board, infinitely patient, and the love of my life!

Chris Hrabe
Eden Prairie, MN
Phase II

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Old 12-05-2021, 11:59 AM
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Default Congratulations!!!

Chris, congrats on the pink slip
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 12-05-2021, 01:00 PM
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Wow that's a beautiful aircraft! Congratulations Chris! Many enjoyable flying hours ahead.
Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 12-05-2021, 01:04 PM
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Default Nice job!

Congratulations on the "completion"...are they ever done?
Love you interior. Your colors are same as mine but the light and dark colors are swapped.
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Old 12-05-2021, 01:57 PM
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Location: central Minnesota
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Nice plane! Welcome. I didn't build mine, but I have the same engine/prop combination in my -9A, and if you've flown with Tom Berge you'll recognize the paint scheme (I bought it that way, I swear). I love your panel.

I'm just north of you...about 45 minutes by RV-9A, or about 2 hours by car or Cessna 172. No doubt our paths will cross at some point...I look forward to meeting.
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IO-320D1A (factory new), C/S
IFR equipped
AFS 5400/3500, G5, IFD440 navigator,
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Old 12-06-2021, 06:17 PM
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Default Thanks!

Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated! I’ll keep an eye out for you, you shouldn’t be that hard to spot.
Chris Hrabe
Eden Prairie, MN
Phase II
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Old 12-06-2021, 07:41 PM
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Congratulations! Looks great. And a third seat model, too!

RV-6A restoration in progress
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Old 12-07-2021, 07:16 PM
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nice plane! she is looking at the sky.

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Old 12-08-2021, 12:52 PM
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Default Awesome!

Really nice work. You are going to love flying that plane. I can't get over how terrific the -9 is. Does so many things well.
N929JA, 2007 RV-9A
Based W96: New Kent International Aerodrome
(near Richmond, VA USA)
2022 Dues Paid
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Old 12-08-2021, 01:02 PM
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Congrats and have a safe Phase 1. Glad my website helped you.
Bruce Hill
RV-9A N5771H flown over 900 hours!
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