Brian & Brandi's Van's RV10 Build

Kyle's RV10

by Brian Monday, July 30, 2018

Our friend Kyle lives 5 minutes down the road from us. He was one of our Tech Councilors while we were building. He has had an RV6 for over a decade. Periodically I go over and help him with his RV10 that he is building. Its been great seeing such quick progress and also the very high quality build that he is doing. Recently was the exciting event of working on the airplane in the drive way, which causes neighbors to stop and check it out. Kyle was fitting the wing root fairings and the gear leg fairings. I'm excited for him to be flying soon!


Here are some shots of other stages of his progress.


Visit from Marty and Ethan

by Brian Thursday, September 24, 2015

Our friend Marty and his 3 year old son Ethan came by and visited. We talked aviation, flew around the lake, enjoyed lunch, and had a great time! Marty is starting in on building a -10 and we wish him the best luck. 

Visit to see Justin, Jess, and Ayla

by Brian Friday, February 06, 2015

We havent flown a whole lot lately, unfortunately. We did, however, recently have a really nice flight and visit with our friends over near Montgomery, AL. I helped Justin get the wing root fairings and flaps trimmed, Brandi visited with Jess, and Lucy played with Ayla! We all had a great time. It was really fun flying into 00AL, which is a private grass field at 2300 feet that Mr. Epps owns. I think its the oldest official airport in Alabama. I'm glad to say Lucy is still a great flyer. She is very calm the whole time and fell asleep on the way home. 

Demo flight

by Brian Monday, August 04, 2014

We made some new friends, who came over from Louisiana recently. We flew around in our -10, talked aviation, and then enjoyed a nice dinner at Elevations together on the field at McCollum. Looking forward to watching the progress on a new RV-10 that will soon be underway. 

met up with a fellow RV-10 builder

by Brian Friday, June 13, 2014

Its always great getting emails from other RV-10 builders and so we were delighted when Jeff Rich of Indiana coordinated to meet up with us since he was going to be in the area. We enjoyed lunch together, talked about airplane stuff, and then went for a ride over lake Allatoona. It was Jeff's first -10 ride and he had a big RV grin on his face. Jeff is a tall guy, around 6'4, and I think he was quite comfortable with the roominess that Vans designed for this kit. Thanks for visiting with us Jeff! It was great to meet you. 

RV-10 with corvette engine

by Brian Sunday, May 18, 2014

A long time friend of mine had a post-wedding party up near Washington DC where he lives and so a buddy and I flew up there for the weekend. We had a great time but I realized I didnt get any photos unfortunately.

We had to divert to Peachtree City (KFFC) on the way home to wait out some weather that was looming over home base. There is no better place to get stuck than at Falcon Field with my fellow RV squadron mates. My buddy and I helped John Goodman finish putting back together his plane from some work he was doing on it. I did get a great shot of the only -10 I know of that has a corvette engine. This thing sounds amazing when he cranks it up!

Paint versus not painted

by Brian Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Snapped a nice picture of the contrast of painted versus not painted. 

-10 wings again

by Brian Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Brandi and I flew over to Alabama a few weeks ago to visit our friends Justin and Jess, who are building an RV-10. We banged a few rivets, met their new baby girl, and enjoyed the day with them. It's very enjoyable to be involved with other builders!

Visit Justin and Jess' Builder site:

Huntsville, AL to visit some -10 builders

by Brian Saturday, September 29, 2012

We recently made some great new friends, Justin and Jess, from Huntsville, AL. They are building an RV-10 and are our age. So we packed up and flew out to meet them and check out their build. It was a really nice flight out there and we landed at Madison County Executive. They came and met us at the airport and looked at our plane for a bit then we went back to their house and checked out their build progress. They just started in March but are making really good progress! Here is their site:  We went flying around for a while and got Justin some PIC time in the -10. They seemed to enjoy it a lot and had all kinds of questions. It was really neat to see how excited they were - it reminded me of Brandi and I when we got our first ride with Geoff Combs in his -10. 

We didn't snap too many photos, unfortunately, but I did manage to sneak this one :)

A fun break from building

by Brian Thursday, January 12, 2012

Saturday was suppose to be another of many 8 hour+ build days but we couldn't resist the offer to go fly with our good friends Keith and Dan. Keith has an RV-7 and is care taker of another friends RV-8. So Brandi flew co-pilot in one me in the other and then we swapped on the trip home. We went down to Peachtree City and did some formation flight on the way down. It was AWESOME. I love riding in the 7 and this was my first experience in an 8. The 8 was really great visibility and the performance is awesome too. Its like getting on an elevator the thing will climb so fast! I got to do a little practicing in formation for the second time ever and its still pretty hard to stay in perfect formation. Keith makes it look easy.. hes an awesome pilot. Dan is an excellent pilot too. I'm convinced that he can land a piano falling from the sky and make the wheels just lightly touch down.. the guy can land anything smooth as silk it seems. Needless to say, its great to be around such good pilots because it helps towards our skill building.


The weather was unseasonably warm and Peachtree was buzzing with activity. Much of the Falcon squad was out and about and it was really great to see some of the guys. We got to take a closer look at John Goodman's -10 since he got the interior done. I got a great video of a walk around of his plane. Always helpful to go back and see how other people did certain things. In fact, we are going to borrow an idea we saw on his and Hank's plane, which is an aluminum cover plate for the cowl pins. We went to Aircraft spruce, which is right on the field there and loaded up on a few items, which saved us some shipping costs.

After we flew back to RYY we hung out for awhile and met a really cool guy and his son who are nearly finished building a super cub. The thing has the huge bush tires on it and we all gushed together about how much we loved the show Flying Wild Alaska. Came home late in the day and managed to squeak out 3.5 hours on our build. What a great day.

A social RV Sunday

by Brian Monday, November 07, 2011

This past Sunday was a nice beautiful day outside and we took a short 40 minute drive to visit another -10 builder, Bill Thomasson. He was working on his fuel tanks and that brought back all kinds of memories to Brandi and I. We had a really great time visiting and just chattering away and next thing we knew, two hours had flown by! Thanks for having us over, Bill! We're excited to keep in contact and follow the progress.

Once we got home we had a quick lunch and our friend Gary Specketer came by. Gary is an EAA tech councilor and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to airplanes and building. Gary poked and prodded and gave us an enormous amount of good feedback and things to think about. Thank you so much Gary! One of the most critical things to come out of his visit was his inspection of our flares on our fuel and brake lines. There has been some talk on the VAF forums lately about the quality of flares and Brandi and I both knew we needed to get these checked out. We'll be redoing a few at least and still need to inspect the rest.

I've said it before but I cant emphasize enough, the community of builders is truly awesome for so many reasons.

Rhodes Fly-in

by Brian Saturday, October 15, 2011

We attended our second Rhodes Fly-in. It was a good time and good food. The first one was exactly one year ago and we were just barely starting out on our wings. This time around we are finishing off the fuselage and well on our way to doing interior work. Brandi got to fly back to Cartersville (VPC) with Kyle and I drove over there to meet them. We hung out and helped change the oil. Good practice for the future.

Other RV-10 photos

by Brian Monday, September 26, 2011

We have an album of other RV-10's that we've taken photos of. We have often times during our build scoured through these photos to see some detail of how people were doing something. The collage below is a link to our album so you can see some other RV-10s. Enjoy!

Falcon RV Squad fly-in

by Brian Friday, May 13, 2011

We are new members of the Falcon RV Squadron! How exciting! They had a huge fly-in this past week down in Peachtree city and it was AWESOME. There were like 50 RVs there including at least 5 or 6 RV-10's. We got to fly up there in our friend Bill's twin Cessna Golden Eagle and I even got to fly right seat! It was an amazing experience. Thank you Bill!  Brandi and I met lots of awesome people at the fly-in and we talked to most of the RV-10 owners and picked their brains. Per usual we always have lots of questions.

Weekend Motivation

by Brandi Friday, April 15, 2011

Not that we need extra motivation right now, we're a couple of good shop days away from finishing up the wings! But, reading this write-up from another RV-10 builder/owner of a recent trip he and his family made to Mexico's Baja Peninsula makes you want to cancel all other weekend plans and work on the plane! Their Bahamas trip is what ultimately sold me on building this airplane in the first place. I can't wait to do this one day!


by Brian Thursday, March 31, 2011

Brandi and I had the opportunity to go fly with Keith Ward, who owns a gorgeous RV-7. This was the first time either of us had ever been in a plane other than a Cessna or RV-10. I was grinning ear to ear just hopping over to the next field to fuel up and Keith was telling me I hadn’t seen anything yet. We proceeded to do a loop, aileron roll, barrel roll and a hammer head! I had never done any aerobatics before and it was definitely the coolest thing I had ever done in my life!! I was caught off guard because Keith was like, this is how you do this maneuver and he would show me and then he’s like ok now you try. When we landed my jaw literally was sore from grinning so much. Riding in the 7 almost made building a 10 regrettable. I still have doubts every once in awhile. I know that the -10 is what I want but wow would a 7 be fun! I want to gush about this experience some more because I could go on and on but there’s no words to describe how much fun I had. Thank you Keith.

Mark's RV10 visit

by Brian Saturday, November 13, 2010

Our new pal Jim introduced us to Mark, who has a beautiful -10 up in Cherokee county. We drove up on a nice day and visited and per our usual tradition, asked a million questions :) Mark was a great source of information and a super awesome guy! He took us up for a ride and I got a little time on the stick even! Boy that sure does look good in my log book. Thanks Mark!

While we were at the air field, we met another 10 owner that was over a few hangars. His name is Mike and his plane is flying but not painted yet and he was working on fixing some interference noise from his Duckworth lights. Gave us some good insight to make sure we have our noisy stuff well grounded. Mike was nice enough to let us pester him while he was busy. We also met Todd, who was a cool guy that was friendly and knowledgable. We sure do love aviation people. Cant find a better group.

Visit from a great guy

by Brian Saturday, November 06, 2010

When I first dreamed up the idea of building a kit plane, I scoured the internet for information because I didn't know anything about it at all. I read for 3 days straight and, instead of getting the information I was seeking, it just prompted about 3x more questions! I found the good book of the RV builder white pages and looked for someone who lived in our city of Marietta, GA. If found a listing for Jim 'Nomad' Lawerence and gave him a call. I never would have guessed that I would have been able to pull a name off of this list randomly and get the most amazingly friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced person. I sure did though. Jim answered my barrage of questions and was instrumental for me taking the next few steps to get the seedling of an idea into a little sprout. I had to call Jim a month or so later and ask him some more things. Then I called him again and probably a couple more times after that. :) Jim has been one of the biggest aides to our project and Brandi and I are deeply grateful.

We finally got to meet Jim in person when he agreed to come check out our progress. What a great guy. We enjoyed his visit and he gave us good feedback and a good morale boost to the project. He noticed an RV-10 picture we had hung on the wall, of which we really like the paint scheme and the look in general - we had no idea whose plane it was or where the builder was located. Jim says, "Hey, I know that plane!" Turns out its owner lives a few towns over! What a small world.

RV-10 owner visit

by Brian Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This weekend we visited Pierre, who is an RV-10 owner here in Georgia. We rented a Cessna and flew out to visit. We had such a good time on the flight out there, but the real fun began when he gave us a ride in his -10! I'm grinning again right now just thinking about it. What a machine! Riding in one again just re-confirms we are building the right plane. Thank you for your kindness and hospitality, Pierre!

While we were out, we visited Ray Lawerence, who was only a quick hop away from Pierre. We checked out his shop and chatted with him and asked a million newbie questions. It was a great learning experience. Ray does all kinds of work on RVs. He also does insurance and is a distributor for several avionics manufacturers. Theres not much this guy doesnt do thats RV related. Thanks for letting us visit, Ray!

We left East Georgia and flew into PDK (Peachtree Dekalb), which was about as busy as an airport as I've ever had to fly into. I was nervous because the radio chatter was going a million miles an hour since there was so much going on. We did fine though and got parked and got our buddy Gavin to pick us up since we were attending a bday party for his 2 yr old son. Gavin and Jane live only a few miles from the airport so it was convenient. The bday party was fun and it was kind of neat watching 5 2-4 year olds run around stuffing cake in their face and just being kids. We left PDK for a very enjoyable quick night flight home. There was a gorgeous sunset and we were very close to the Atlanta city scape so the lights on all the buildings made a wonderful foreground to the sunset.

Unfortunately, something happened with the memory card in our camera and we lost all the pictures from the last week. Bummer. Guess we'll just have to do it all over again! Yay!