For Sale WTB: Flying Van's RV-9a

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  1. MacFly

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    As in title, I'm looking to buy an RV-9a. Prefer autopilot, sliding canopy, 160 HP O-320 (or IO-320). VFR panel. Located in midwest. Cash.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Adam Weiss

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    Mine's not for sale ('cuz it's AWESOME).
    But I'm in the Midwest, too.
    I'm happy to answer any questions or go for a flight if we happen to be in the same area.
    Good luck in your search.
    This is my second time owning (first RV), and after years of searching, I found my forever plane.
     
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    I appreciate the encouragement. I have a line on an otherwise very nice 10 year-old RV9a. Full Dynon IFR panel, but those avionics are 10 years old. Wrestling with that ATM.
     
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    I gave a flight review in one of those last summer. Seems like you need to be about 5'6" for your knees to not hit the panel. Of course I suppose that depends on the builder and what he did panel wise.
     
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    In a -9A?
    I'm 6'1", and I have a TON of room under the panel.
    No issue with knees at all.
    The only space issue for me is the rudder pedals, but those are adjustable, and I moved them back.
    I have really long legs, and I fit well.
    On long XC, I will put my legs past the pedals onto the firewall sometimes to stretch.
     
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    Works for me. I have short legs.
     
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    I was wondering about that...I'll probably have to shorten them up if and when I find the right RV9a. How are the rudder pedals adjustable? Is it changing the holes that the mounting blocks are bolted in? If so, do I need to change the cabling length? Or is it something that can be done on-the-fly without a wrench?
     
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    You can't change it on the fly.
    It's a set it up once for your legs, and leave it.
     
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    Yeah, that's what I thought. IIUC, when building you have to pick one of three holes for the rudder pedal mounting blocks and size the cables accordingly. I just agreed to purchase that RV9a last night, contingent on acceptability once my mechanic and I actually get to see it. I'm hoping that the cockpit is as small as someone said above. I have read the general opinion that the pedals can be moved, but it would require some re-rigging. Any particular person I'd call or email at Vans factory to get that information?
     
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    Yup, just did so, thanks.