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Pictures and text about the construction of a Vans aircraft RV9A

Fixing the alternate air door

In doing my annual this year I found that the carb air door hinge was starting to fail. Wear from vibration over the years had eaten away at the hinge eyelets to the point where in the next year it was clear it might fail. So time for a quick order to Vans for a […]

Carb Float Replacement

This year at Annual time I found a new AD that required the replacement of the float in my Marvel Schraber  MA4-SPA carb. All of the details can be found on the Volare site (owner of the precision carb line). Suffice it to say that there have been problems with floats over the years and […]

Fuel Lever

Here’s picture of my new fuel lever. I found it offered on VAF last month and decided it was a quick upgrade without re-plumbing for an Andair valve. It’s interesting that after flying with this new valve a bit, it’s actually much easier to turn the lever as the new handle has some material on […]

Brake upgrades

As the years go by, I’m always looking for small upgrades to make the plane safer. If you do a bit of research on the internet forums you can find much information about brake problems and even some brake fires. Of course there are also thousands of planes that have had no problems at all. […]

TruTrak ADI

Well here is the latest upgrade to the plane. I replaced the basic turn coordinator I had in the panel with a new ADI from TruTrak. It is a solid state (no moving gyro) AH. It shows pitch, roll, and gps direction and comes with a backlight. So far I have about 10 hours of […]