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Thoughts on Building

After flying the airplane for a while, we’re realizing there are some things we’re really glad we did and some things we’d do differently in the future.  We’ll update this page as we think of things.

Things I’m glad we did a certain way:

  1. Segment the tunnel cover forward of the fuel valve.  Splitting the forward tunnel cover in two pieces enables you to remove the part forward of the fuel valve, which makes inspection of the tunnel much easier (otherwise, you’d have to remove the seats and fuel valve each time you take the cover off).  This means you’re more likely to check for fuel leaks in the tunnel, which is a good thing, especially in the early stages of flying.

Things I’d do differently next time*:

  1. Omit the “Safety Trim” controller.  My biggest complaint is that it limits the trim travel to a few seconds at a time.  Though this is intended to reduce the danger of “runaway trim”, it also makes it take forever to re-trim the airplane in a go-around scenario.  The two-speed operation is also unnecessary.  Lastly, there’s the added weight and expense, and it’s just something else that could break in the future.


* There will not be a next time, according to Kelly 🙂


  1. Rob.

    Been following you’d blog… great job!

    Question on seat belts….what changes did you do to the stand crow belt?
    Also, can you give me a ballpark cost of paint job? Would you do that over?
    Any other advice as I am a ways from done….I just finished doors and working on firewall forward stuff….going to attach cabin top for good as soon as I am done with overhead console and cabin top painting.

    Thanks in advance.


  2. Rob says:

    Jack, I just told them to give me the belt for the RV-10; I didn’t ask for any changes. That said, the belt between the rear anchor and the “Y” on the shoulder straps is way too long. You can probably see in some of my pictures the zip ties holding it on wrapped up. Paint was ~$11k and looks really good—makes a big difference. Can’t really think of any big recommendations offhand. When I do, I’ll put them on the “thoughts on building” section on the website. Hope that helps… let me know if you have any other questions, and good luck.


  3. HA! Just wait until the kids are out of the house, then you can build an RV14 and sell your RV10 and cover the cost of both!

    Great retirement strategy. At least, that’s my idea (i.e. how I’m talking my wife into letting me build an RV10).

    I’m starting with the empennage, what tools do you recommend, specifics, things you wish you had but didn’t, etc…