JOHN OLIVEIRA - RV-9A

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Chapter 44, Rochester, NY

 

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John Oliveira's RV-9A

On January 28, 2010, John made the following comment:

"I think I am at that stage everyone talks about where you have 90% done and 90% to go.  I have planned out the wiring and panel.  I have the firewall forward kit, wiring kit, and finishing kits.  All I have left to purchase of significance is the engine and prop.  The seats are out being upholstered now."

The finished wings and ailerons are still in the crates they were shipped in when he moved. He hopes to mate them to fuselage in March of 2010.

"I will be using a Lycoming IO-320 purchased from Vans with a Sensinich fixed pitch metal prop.  It is real easy to get carried away with more Horse Power and More instruments, but the price tag just goes up.  I am trying to keep it as simple as possible."

NOTE:  John's job relocated his family to the west coast in 2007. He built a home in Port Townsend, WA which is on the Olympic Peninsula and retired to it in 2009. He rents a hangar at the Jefferson County Airport, (0S9) which is only about a mile from his house. He reports that the Spruce Goose Cafe on the airport is very popular with the pilots.

John has written (February 2013) a very nice article for EAA Chapter 430's newsletter about his and Stephanie's RV-9A project.
               
CLICK HERE to view a PDF copy of that article.

Here's a link to EAA Chapter 430's Website.
http://www.eaa430.org/
FUSELAGE WITH MANY CLECOS
RV-9A fuselage on the work surface that all RV builders construct.


Fuselage With Many Clecos


Instrument Panel

INSTRUMENT PANEL
To the left is a shot of the instrument Panel all cut out.  It has a Dynon 180 which provides flight and engine instruments in one unit. The Round holes are for an altimeter and airspeed indicator as back up.  The radio stack has a Garmin 495 GPS, an Icom radio and Garmin Digital transponder.  Across the bottom of the panel is  the row of electrical switch/breakers.  Those are the first 10 holes.  The rectangular holes between the radio stack and the Garmin EFIS are for the elevator trim switch (bottom) and the trim position indicator (top).  Next to the trim switch on the right is the opening for the flap switch.  The intercom will be mounted below the radio stack.  On the far right you can see the map box fitted.
CHECKING OUT RUDDER PEDAL POSITION
This was my first time sitting in it to make airplane noises before the forward fuselage bulkheads were fitted.


Checking Out Rudder Pedals


Step Installed and Primed

STEP INSTALLED
Step is installed and primed on both sides of the fuselage.
HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP & FILTER
This is the high pressure fuel pump and filter.  This was my first experience at bending tubing.  Probably only about 25% of my tubing was useful, but what you see came out pretty good.  There was a lot of waste the first time around.  You can also see the fuel selector and the main gear leg supports bolted to the spar carry through in the fuselage.


High Pressure Fuel Pump & Filter


Tail Surfaces Fitted

TAIL SURFACES FITTED
The tail surfaces are now fitted and bolted in place with the incidence and rudder offset established.
FINISHED WINGS
The wings are all finished and ready to be mated to the fuselage in the early spring of 2010.


Finished Wings Ready to be Mated


Lower Rudder Fairing

LOWER RUDDER FAIRING
Here is the lower rudder fairing with the mount done for the strobe and position light.  again, you can see the tail is bolted in place.  I have had the elevators and rudder installed with their linkages, but they are off for now.
MAP BOX FITTED
Here is the map box fitted in place to get the cutout for the forward sub panel right.


Map Box Fitted


Jefferson County Airport

AIRPORT NEAR JOHN'S HOUSE
This is the Jefferson County Airport about one mile from John's house.

Click on the picture to see some of the airplanes that frequent this airport which is a mile from John's house and to learn about a unique program for youth at the Port Townsend Aero Museum.