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Gary Obee’s New RV-9A | Lambertville, Michigan RV-9A #92098

Congratulations to Gary, who writes to share his new RV-9A story:

Started building N316PG in my basement, 2012. My two brothers Dave and Charlie helped buck rivets, apply fuel tank sealant and whatever else I needed help with. My good friend Mike Whitescarver (an RV-8A builder) was a great source of help and encouragement during the build I cannot thank him enough for all of his help The build started in the basement, moved to the garage during the fuselage part of the build and then all last summer the individual pieces went out to my carport/paint booth, and yes I did have to remove a window and several concrete blocks to get the wings out of the basement. My brother Mark was instrumental in getting the individual pieces of the plane to the hanger safely.

The panel consists of a Dynon HDX as my main glass and a GRT Mini-X as my backup. It’s powered by an Experimental Lycoming IO-320, dual P-mags with a Sensensich fixed pitch prop.

After a long delay due to COVID 19 the FAA was finally able to come out and issue my airworthiness certificate on June 25th 2020.

Tony Kirk was kind enough to take N316PG for its first flight on June 28th. He reported that it flew great. Mike Whitescarver flew his RV-8A as chase and was able to take some very good in-flight first flight pictures.

After repairing an oil cooler leak I performed my first flight on July 6th. What a responsive great handling aircraft. Looking forward to many years of flying this wonderful aircraft.