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Old 03-24-2013, 07:30 PM
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Dbro172 Dbro172 is offline
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Default One Year Down, Man What a Ride!

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the start of my -9A build. One year ago I was inventorying my empennage and next week the finish kit ships. In the last year i've managed to keep my wife, my job, and gained a cute little baby girl (6 mo's now). I've logged over 700 hours building, lost 20 lbs. and managed to keep my PPL and IR current. This has been the coolest, most rewarding thing i've done in my life and I still enjoy every minute spent building. One year ago I didn't know what deburring meant and this afternoon i crimped my first BNC connector.

Thanks to the wealth of knowledge on this site and to the vendors of RV parts & accessories & upgrades. Another thanks to all those great build sites too that allow me to stay one step ahead (Smittys, Bruce Hill, Roee, Beaver, Burch etc.).

I've been studying the sliders and my goal over the next year is to wrap up everything but the engine.

no regrets! (except sometimes wishing i'd just done the -12) Sometimes i daydream of trading the 9 in on a 10 someday or maybe building a -3 or -4. next. I wouldn't have it any other way

High Points: Unloading the QB Fuse

Low Points: Never Ending of Deburring, Dimpling, Priming Wings Parts

trying to bend vent lines:

Favorite Things: Panel & Interior Planning

All this in one stall so far! The rest is in the build log below.
Derek Hoeschen
EAA Tech Counselor
RV-9A #92103 - N803DK
G3X, Superior XO-320, Dual Pmags, Catto 3B

1974 Bellanca Super Viking - N16AW - Flying
RV-8 #83565 - N184DK - building
1968 Mooney M20C - N6801N - Sold
1956 C-182 - N744W - Sold
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:40 PM
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Location: Cedar Park, TX
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Oh, man, you are indeed livin'. I'm with you buddy. Got 1200hrs on our -9 in the last six years with huge adventures in building and flying. Our -8 project will maybe be birthed this year to join the family... It really can be a cool as it sounds, as you're proving. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
Scott Card
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RV-9A N4822C flying 2200+hrs. / Cedar Park, TX
RV8 Building - fuselage / showplanes canopy (Done!)
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:16 PM
Paul K Paul K is offline
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Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Man, I forgot how much I enjoyed drilling out rivets, making piles of bent up junk tubing, and leaving blood in places no one will ever see! You make me want to do it again.

Actually, I discovered I really like building and really do miss going out to the work shop every night. Now that mine is done, nights can get pretty boring. I need another project!
Paul K
West Michigan

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2021 donation made, exempt but worth every dime!
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:38 PM
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Location: Meridian ID, Aspen CO, Okemos MI
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Nice work and great year for you and your family. I am just over a year and just behind you. I started my panel work and hope to pick out my EFIS at SNF next month. I got my engine hung last week and that was a big milestone.

I really like your seats. Where did you get them? They look very nice!
Williamston MI
O-320 D2A
Flying N376E
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:51 PM
Rupester Rupester is offline
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Default Way to go, Derek !

Thru my 9A build, I found the journey AND the destination to be equally great! These days, the satisfaction of flying a plane I built - on a gorgeous sunny day - is truly indescribable.
Terry Ruprecht
RV-9A Tip-up; IO-320 D2A
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(Dues paid thru Nov '18)
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:34 AM
David-aviator David-aviator is offline
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Nice work, Derek.
You definitely have the potential of becoming a repeat offender.
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RV-7A...Sold #70374
The RV-8...Sold #83261
I'm in, dues paid 2019 This place is worth it!
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:25 AM
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Default Nice!


It's cool to see your progress. I have to say, I'm still on the fence about going with a QB fuse, but you have me leaning towards it. Our daughter is now 16 months old. I am starting to seal up the fuel tanks on our RV10. I'll surely be way behind you by the time next year comes rolling in, but it's good to see you're doing well and still happily married. It's tough to juggle everything, but it can be done!
Mike Rettig
EAA Chapter 301
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F-14 (Pedal Plane - Daughter's Project) "Flying"
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