== StephensVille RV10 ==
Time Capsule of Building a Vans RV-10

main fairings and wheel pants done

Completed the main wheel pants, leg fairings and intersection fairings. It was one of my least favorite steps, which is why I waited so long. But now everything is complete and N428RV can get some color.

engine mount service bulletin

Performed the Vans Service Bulletin SB 14-8-29 for the engine mount elastomer plate. First thing was to bea able to keep the nose lifted during the process. Used a cable puller attached to the tail tie-down and an eye bolt in the hangar floor. Pic shows ratchet straps for testing, but I use the cable puller. With the cable puller holding the tail down, a sawhorse and blocks provide a little safety for when I was underneath it all. Read more...

first $100 hamburger

Ed has been buggin’ me for a while to fly up to the homeland and give him a ride in the -10. Some good weather and last minute timing and I was off to Platteville (KPVB) to fullfill my promise. Picked up Ed and Brady at KPVB and flew to Lone Rock (KLNR) for a $100 hamburger at the Pickadilly Lilly. After lunch we did some sight seeing along the Mississippi. Read more...

main wheel pants and fairings

I have been putting off completing the main wheel pants and fairings because I hate fiberglass work, but N428RV needs some color so I have to get them done. Got her up on the jacks and leveled by blocking up the tail. Pretty painless and only took me a few minutes. Main wheel pants are fit and the epoxy mix for the attach brackets is curing. Uuuugh. Fiberglass dust from trimming. Read more...

phase one complete

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted here. Been having too much fun flying I guess. Thought I should get caught up and I’ll start with Phase One completion. Phase One was completed the end of July. Other than burning more than my fair share of fuel for about five weeks, things went as planned. Although it did get rather boring at times seeing the same scenery in my 25nm radius fly-off area. Read more...

trip to nashville

One of my goals was to be completed with Phase One before the end of July so I could fly the -10 down to Nashville and pick up Katelyn for her annual trip back to Illinois for Tyler’s birthday. I was able to achieve that goal with a week to spare. On July 26th I headed out for the longest cross-country flight I’ve ever planned at just under three hours each way. Read more...

first flight

After 9+ years, kit #40303 broke the contraints imposed by gravity on June 14, 2014. Video available HERE. Thanks to everyone who played a part.


N428RV received her airworthiness certificate. Time to start Phase One in a few days.

first engine start

Performed first engine start this morning. Everything checked out great. The beast started up on the second crank after sitting for the better part of a year. Video below. Be sure to watch full-screen in HD.

front interior and panel

Finished up the panel inluding the lower center console. Front carpet, tunnel carpet, control stick leather boots, front air vents and side panels are fitted. Also have the front seat belts installed.
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