Build Log RV-10 #1

Blog for a Vans RV-10 Airplane Build

Airworthiness Inspection

The day has finally come.  It is inspection day. 

I had a couple of FAA Inspectors come down from Fargo to do my final airworthiness inspection.  A bit overwhelming and stressful day.

But after a thorough check and getting all paperwork sorted through,  I was issued my airworthiness certificate. 

WOW, what a feeling to have this accomplished.  Been such a long 4 plus years on this build and to finally be able to call it an actual airplane has to be the best feeling so far.  I am sure the first flight will be way more but this is awesome so far. 

Weather permitting and some final inspections, my first flight is planned for this weekend.   

Now I am nervous. 


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Weight and Balance

Most of the final construction is completed with only a few minor things.  But these are going to wait until the end of phase 1 to be done anyway.  Will do another W&B then. 

I was a bit concerned about how the weight was going come out, figured I would be pretty heavy.  The final empty weight with 10 quarts oil was 1687 lbs.  Not to bad. 


Final Assembly and Construction

Now that some of the painting has been finished, getting things put together for the final time can finally begin.  Going to be a great feeling to see things get put in their place once and for all. 

Since the wings are now done I am working on getting a couple of the last items installed and hooked up.  Started with getting the Gretz pitot tube installed, the OAT drilled and installed in each wing, and getting aileron trim hooked installed. 

Also will be working getting the lights in the wingtips.  They then will be installed on the wings once the wings are bolted to the fuselage. 

This log post will be updated as more things get done. along with additional pictures.

You can click on the images below to see the full gallery. 

Starting to Paint

For the past few weeks I have been prepping for primer and paint.  Started with the fiberglass parts and they were quite the challenge to get all the pinholes filled.  But finally got them. 

This process is going very slowly as I am a very amateur painter.  Learning as I go.  Little practice on small parts then off to the plane parts. 

I chose to use the Sherwin Williams Aerospace Acry Glo and Jet Glo paints.  They have been great to work with so far.  My biggest fear was painting the metallic as I did not want the mottling effect.  Did the wheel pants and they came out great. 

Hopefully over the next couple of weeks I can get the rest of plane painted, then on to final construction.

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Move to Hangar

It was finally time to get the plane out of my garage at home and move it to its new home. 

Construction of the hangar is not quite complete (lights need to be installed) but needed to get it moved. 

Had some great help from friends and got the plane out of the garage, loaded and moved to the hangar. 

As you can see in the pics, it was a bit of a challenge getting through the wet, muddy yard to the drive way where it would be loaded on the trailer. 

Also when backing up to the hangar door, the vehicle pulling the trailer got stuck since the taxi way extension has not been completed by the airport.

It is now in its new home and what a great feeling.   

Now can start the final construction.  Yeh!

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