Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Saturday, November 20, 2010

1.2 hrs
Prime and start painting lower cowling attach bracket.
Retension and torque alternator belt and mounting bolts. Safety wire.
Replace carburetor and control cable bracket with two gaskets.

Got this done later in the day. Spent most of the day in Taylor, at the final Sport Air Racing League event. I volunteered, and ended up going over to Mark Frederich's Macho Grande, the birthplace of the red RV-4 that inspired my project. Spent the day with Ben Armin, who is building an RV-8 in Seth's shop, with help from Deene. We were on the timing team with several other people, so we were at the start line as the racers roared down the runway at 10 to 50 ft as they started and ended their runs. The field included several Harmon Rockets, fast RV-8s, other RV's other types (all except 9's), Glasairs, a Mustang, and a T-28. Also a couple of 182's, a DA-20, and a 152! 46 racers in all.

Got to see many of the Van's regulars, and most of the North Austin RV crowd. Also finally got to meet Bert Brundage, although I didn't get to talk with him much.
Back at Taylor there was also a fly-in, Paul Erb flew in with his autogyro, that he just completed and earned his license for. Good to see you Paul!