Brian & Brandi's Van's RV10 Build

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!

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. 

Cowling video update

by Brian Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shot another quick video of the cowling. Nothing too exciting really but I figured for people who were researching on how to get this task done it would be helpful to have some video of the whole process. I was pretty intimidated to start but once I got going its all feeling pretty easy (mentally) - just a lot of sanding. Per usual, you can view the video in 720p for better quality if desired. 

Cowling Saga

by Brian Thursday, December 29, 2011

I was reluctant to get started on the cowling. For one I didnt want to sand any more fiberglass. Had enough of that mess. Secondly, I was worried it would be a long tedious road, like the doors were. Here are a few videos detailing my journey on the cowling. An aspect the videos dont detail that was important is we attached the bottom cowl to the plane and then laid the top on and temporarily clecoed the front center ring on the left and right sides of the center ring to hold the top and bottom together in a way that made the gaps fit ok. Then we were able to trim the back and sides of the top cowl. 





We ridin' spinners

by Brian Thursday, December 29, 2011

Decided to mount the spinner while the prop was on the engine. It seemed easier to rotate the blades and work with in general with it on the engine. The plans have you mount the prop after the spinner is done though. I was afraid of damaging the prop and didnt know how I was suppose to rotate the blades.. turns out you can just clamp a couple boards to the prop to give you some leverage.


Engine tour

by Brian Thursday, December 29, 2011