Before anything else, thank you for taking your time to read about what I’m doing. The idea is to share my experiences and create a conversation with anyone interested. If I can ask anything, it would be for your help sharing what you find interesting (each post has sharing buttons). Also, feel free to write a comment if you have any question, idea, recommendation or just to let me know that you are there, reading!.
Once again, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this journey with you,
After almost 4 years since I moved and ended without a space to work on the things that I like, my wife and I bought our first home. It has been a pretty scary adventure to put everything we had into it, but we are very happy!.
Once things became more relaxed and I had more time available I started working on how I wanted to organize the garage and my shop. The decision was made to use the left side to build my workbench and place things around it.
A while ago I came across these work tables designed by EAA chapter 1000, and I really liked them. I decided to build something similar but tailored to the space I had available. With some adjustments in height and width I got it to be similar to the workbench my dad has at his place.
I’ve always liked having the tools that I use a lot visible as it allows me to easily find them or check if one is missing. With this idea in mind I also built a “wall of tools” on top of the workbench and I’ve been slowly filling it.
There are some other improvements that I will be making on my garage to be able to organize parts and use as many space as possible. I’ll keep updating the blog with the things that I’m adding once I get them done. If there is anything you may want to know about how I built something please write a comment bellow and I’ll do my best to answer.
In my not too long -or exiting- life as a pilot I’ve flown just a handful of aircraft types. Like many of you all my training has been done on the awesome Cessna 172. I’ve flown the M, N, R, S and SP series with round dials and G1000. For a short period of time I got to fly a Mooney M20E and really enjoyed every minute of it. Also got some time on C-206 and gliders (Ask-21 and SGS 2-33s).
Around 10 years ago I had a conversation with someone who introduced me to the experimental world while talking about how much he wanted to build a Lancair. That conversation remained in my memory, and every once in a while I would do some research about experimental aviation, homebuilts, kits, etc.
Fast forward around 7 years I came to the USA to get my master’s degree at Embry-Riddle, and got to actually get involved in the amazing world of general aviation here. I started attending airshows like Sun n Fun and visiting the infamous Spruce Creek flying Community on most Fridays during the summer to watch residents perform formation flying and such, while just hanging around with awesome people.
At that time I started to play with the idea of building my own airplane. Looking at different options I came across beautiful designs like Rutan’s Vary EZ or the Cozy (you can find a cool story about a “twin cozy” built at my home country here) but even though fiberglass is a proven method to build airplanes I always felt that aluminum was a better option for me.
That decision led me to start looking at other kits, and from a google search I landed at the online mecca of RV airplanes, vansairforce.com. Once I realized the magnitude of the community, the amount of airplanes already built, and all the support around them (not the same, but reminded me of my VW restorations and what thesamba.com meant to me at the time) I knew that If I was going to build an airplane, a Vans Aircraft RV was going to be one of the possible options.
Looking at the different airplanes that Vans offer my first option became the RV-10, a beautiful four seater. There are a lot of nice RV-10s flying already, and I found some amazing blogs and videos of many of them. The more I learned about, the more I liked it, but I also realized that the amount of money needed is a lot more than what I can actually put into it in a reasonable amount of time.
At first that realization kind of frustrated me, but thinking about other options I started to look more in depth into the RV-9A. Even though a two seater, the airplane offers a lot of the things that are part of “my mission” at a lower cost. It is a pretty fast airplane with good performance, and all that can be achieved with a reasonable sized engine. Fuel consumption and operation costs are lower, which in return should help ownership in the long run.
This was basically the journey I went through to finally decide on building an RV-9A. There were many other things that had to happen for me just to be able to seriously consider this project, and I know that many more will need to align to be able to finish it ( if I ever start!).
The idea behind this blog is to keep track of how the build is going. I have played with different ideas to keep track of progress in previous projects, and sadly most of what I shared is not available anymore (my bad). If you are interested in looking at some old things I’ve done, this is a good one!.
I’m at a pretty early stage on this journey, basically just dreaming and researching how it could be acomplished, but with the goal of deciding soon if I could do it or not. Keep checking in, I will share how things are going!.