Here is a photo of a vertical stabilizer attach point on an RV-9A that is completely missing the four lower attach bolts shown in the plans!
When the rudder was deflected by hand on the ground, you could actually see the spar moving away from the fuselage.
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;HOLY technical review Batman!
Please tell us that this plane didn’t have any hours on it?
Right. It was on an Airworthiness Inspection.
Good find! Do you have any advice for not missing anything – besides the obvious double/ triple reading the plans?
Have someone else look at it.
When you show stuff like this, it would be nice to have some context.
Like how it was found, the implications, had the aircraft been flying,
and a LOT of other details.
I think I did highlight in a column.
There’s a lot of stuff going on at that bulkhead on a 6/7/9. And it depends on whether it’s going to have the third wheel in the front or the back. I wonder if the plans-recommended washer was installed above that location to compensate for the angularly offset vertical stab.
In this case it looks like someone started out building it as a taildragger, as it appears that the tail light wires are emerging from a tailwheel stinger socket. And then someone else completed it as an A, without bothering to check off the work done previously.
Project passed on/sold to multiple builders? I’ve dealt with this myself, having taken over a couple of partially completed projects and found some surprises that I may have not noticed without friends looking over my shoulder. Due diligence is essential, plus as many extra eyeballs as can be found.