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    Feb292012

    Rebuilding a Van's RV-9A

    Our project RV before the accidentThis past week we began work on an RV-9A that flipped over after landing on a soft grass field. While the pilot and passenger were unhurt, the airplane was not so fortunate. The insurance company totaled out the airplane and it was purchased at auction by one of our customers. Since the flip kinked several skins just aft of the canopy, but left the wings unharmed, we decided it would be easier to simply drill out the rivets at the bulkhead that hold the tail cone to the fuselage and split the airframe front and back to move it to Oshkosh, rather than remove two perfectly good wings only to re-attach them upon arrival. The added bonus was that we did much of the initial work for repairing the aircraft when we picked it up from the sight of the accident to bring it to Oshkosh. 

    Just after removing the (sand and dirt covered) Lycoming O-320

    The rebuild will include an in-house overhaul of the Lycoming O-320 with some possible upgrades, new engine mount and firewall, new canopy, replacing parts of the tail and several skins, and some panel upgrades. 

     

     

     

     

    As of today, the engine, engine mount, and firewall have been removed, and the bulkhead aft of the canopy has been repaired and will soon be ready to put back on the airframe.

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