Brian & Brandi's Van's RV10 Build

Arizona 2019

by Brian Saturday, June 22, 2019

AirVenture 2018

by Brian Saturday, July 28, 2018

Ohio Trip with Lucy

by Brian Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I have good friends who live in Ohio and Lucy and I went to visit them this past weekend. Lucy had a blast and even got to ride up front for the whole trip there and back. She even got to fly a bit, which she loved!

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch

by Brian Tuesday, February 06, 2018

We flew the RV-10 down for a day trip to watch the Falcon Heavy launch. Incredible!!

Airplane pickup

by Brian Monday, November 20, 2017

My buddy Dan had some work done to the turbo on his Bonanza and needed a lift to KHVC, Hopkinsville Kentucky to pickup his plane. It was a nice flight out there despite the brisk 30kt headwinds, which were quickly forgiven due to the return flight's 35kt tail winds :) 

Dan took off and I observed from my plane mid-field to make sure no smoke or oil issues, he did a fly by and then I joined up with him in a close formation as I observed for any problems. No issues, so we continued on home. It was fun getting in a little formation work as I havent done it in a while. 



Sailing Belize to Pensacola

by Brian Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Falcon Squadron friend, Bill Gilmer, bought a 39' Catamaran in Belize and asked the squad if anyone wanted to help sail it back. I jumped on the opportunity quick as it sounded like a blast! I had never been on a sail boat before, but I figured i could learn and help out in other areas too. I flew Bubbles down to Pensacola International at about 3am in order to catch my 6am commercial flight to Belize. It was nice arriving so late/early? and it was nice not having to deal with heavy [air] traffic. I tied down Bubbles, snoozed an hour in the pilot lounge, and then off I went.

As fate would have it, hurricane Nate spun up just South East of us and we waited it out an extra couple of days in San Pedro island in misery (scuba diving, walking around the city, enjoying drinks and dinner, etc). Brandi had to organize a rescue mission for Bubbles since Nate's landfall was going to hit Pensacola and the FBO wouldnt commit to hangaring us. Our amazing squadron mates sprung into action and rescued our plane. Thank you so much Scott, Mark, and Vic! 

Airventure 2017

by Brian Tuesday, August 01, 2017

We enjoyed our 7th in a row EAA Airventure in Oshkosh. Its striking how each time has been unique. This year's twist was that my Grandparents drove their RV Camper from Tucson up there and met us for the week. Staying in the RV instead of a tent was nice, although tenting near the plane is still a wonderful experience that we wont dread going back to in the future when having the RV around isnt an option. As Lucy gets older each year its more enjoyable to share the experience of it all with her. She really enjoyed spending time with the other kids there, Kidventure, and just the excitement in general. If a picture speaks 1,000 words then here is a brief photo/video compilation, which speaks volumes. 

Bahamas 2015

by Brandi Wednesday, June 24, 2015

We made it to the Bahamas for a second time in April, as a flight of 3 RV-10s. For the first half of the trip, we stayed at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club in The Exumas. We'd been there before but we had to go back because it's amazing! However, the runway there was temporarily closed for repairs so we landed in Black Point and took a 10 minute boat ride back to the other island. We chose a new location for the second half, Fernandez Bay Village on Cat Island. Both places were wonderful and so was the flying!

Here's a video of our trip =)

Vans Aircraft factory tour (video)

by Brian Thursday, November 07, 2013

I miss our airplane! It should be back from the paint shop soon. In the meantime, I'm relegated to digging up old videos of airplane stuff :) Here is a good one:


Nose wheel shimmy

by Brian Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lately we had been having increasing instances of nose wheel shimmy on landing and suspected the tension needed to be tightened again (since we had already tightened it once after annual). Before we tightened it, we shot a video and I was amazed to see just how much the nose wheel will turn due to prop wash!! The nose wheel stayed in this position for the entire duration of the flight and surely had to impact airspeed. 

I measured the break out force at around 17 or so lbs when I took the fairings off. Tightening it to the next notch in the castle nut put it around 35+ lbs, which is unpleasant to taxi around with due to having to drag the brakes a lot. I decided to drill a new hole through the threaded nose gear so that we could get closer to the vans recommended 26 lbs. Got it around 29 lbs or so and I'm happy with that.

Traveling RV10

by Brian Thursday, September 27, 2012

I put together a quick video with a few small clips of some of our traveling. We are enjoying our RV10 from sun up to sun down!

Phase I Complete!

by Brandi Monday, July 09, 2012

And I finally got to fly! =D It was awesome!

27 hours in

by Brian Monday, July 02, 2012

27 of the required 40 hours of the test phase have been flown so far. Loving every minute of it! I got in 6 hours today, which was draining but I enjoyed all of it. Much better than yesterday's 5 hours because yesterday's high was 105 degrees, ouch! I took a short clip today with my phone. Tomorrow I'll bring the GoPro camera that our buddy Keith loaned us. 

First flight!

by Brian Monday, June 18, 2012

Brian and Brandi's RV-10, N42BU, took its first flight on 6/16/2012 after 20 months and over 2300 hours of construction. It flew like a dream come true and is everything we hoped it would be. Outfitted with standard engine configuration. Avionics include two 10" Dynon Skyview EFIS, Garmin 430w, Garmin 696, SL40, PS8000B audio panel. 

This has been a project that we took on together as a team. Its been an incredible journey and we are thrilled to think what lies ahead for us yet. As both our initials are "BU" this airplane is "For Two BU" or N42BU. 
Compilation video below.

Taxiing around the airport

by Brandi Monday, June 04, 2012

Tailcone Stowaway

by Brian Monday, May 28, 2012

We had some final wire routing and tidy work to complete in the tailcone and thank goodness for little Brandi because she squirmed her way all the way to the back of the tailcone. She managed to route all the wiring and secure it. With one hand. No light. Sweltering heat. And seemingly putting an advanced Pilates class to shame. Eventually I put a light in there for her though, so I'm sure it wasnt that bad after that. I'm such an excellent helper. Oh, I also shoved her cup of delicious iced orange juice in there to her to give her some relief at some point. She had drank all the oj earlier though so it was just mostly melted ice with a slight orange tint to it. I think it was probably delicious but Brandi didnt seem to want much of it. Probably because of her complete focus and dedication to the build. 

First engine start

by Brian Wednesday, May 23, 2012

An impromptu engine start erupted yesterday afternoon, which has sent my motivation level skyrocketing. I have already been busting ass on the project because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel but after hearing that big bad 540 cubic inch Lycoming roar to life, its all I can think about now! It was AWESOME! Special thanks to all the usual hangar rats, Keith, Dan, Bill, Jim for being my mentors and pit crew. Next step is to taxi Brandi and I around the hangar block a few time as a special treat and reward for all the hard work that we've put into it so far. 

Flap position indicator

by Brian Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Installed a potentiometer in order to indicate flap position to our EFIS. Got the idea from Michael Kraus via here

Random build video

by Brian Friday, February 17, 2012

Engine Tour 2

by Brian Thursday, February 16, 2012

Showing off some of the tasks completed since the engine was hung. Have not had this inspected yet so some things might need to be changed. One thing that I have already addressed was to redo the exaust cabling system. The wire it hangs from is suppose to be pretty straight and I wasnt happy with how crooked it was. Also worth noting is our front baffling piece on the left side was cut a little short. This is different than plans because I kept the cowl inlet fiberglass a bit long.