On January 6, 2011, I placed an order with Van’s Aircraft for the empennage kit for the RV-9A and it arrived today, January 11. The empennage consists of the horizontal stabilizer and vertical stabilizer. The elevators and rudder are also included. It’s kind of a surreal moment to see two boxes of airplane parts sitting on the floor when a little over a year ago, I didn’t know very much about homebuilding aircraft.
I also ordered the two practice kits that Van’s offers, the toolbox kit and the control surface. These kits are designed to help new builders learn about working with aluminum and involves almost all of the skills needed to complete the airplane.
I still need to get tools and get my workshop organized but I intend to start working on the practice kits in the spring of 2011.