I was able to get full day today and work on my project. It was very productive day and I finally came close to priming my parts! My two little daughters came today together with my wife to assist and help me. During my work I made another video with details about what was done today. So far vertical stabilizer of my RV-10 is ready for priming and riveting. I think that the next step will make it all 🙂 For now see some pictures from today as well as the video.
Today me and my younger one went to hangar to do some work not related to RV10. I am trying to finish up all other tasks to free up 1.5 days this week for RV10 building. Elizabeth was pushing me to work on my RV build today despite I explained that we have some other things to do for today. We agreed that I let her pose with air drill and post her pictures in the blog. That will be a reasonable trade to let me finish my other work at the hangar without reminding me every minute that we have to build airplane 🙂
After long working day I was able to find couple of hours and continue my vertical stabilizer build. Still at section 6, but already at page 6-3 and steps 1-3. I loved the results I got at the very end.
At first I was need to assemble the skeleton of the vertical stabilizer. This took me some time since I was in need to complete holes deburring and surface preparation.
As soon as I got my skeleton assembled I said: Wau! This is a real part for the airplane. At that point it was already late evening for me and I was in need to go back home to my wife and kids. By quick look at the remaining steps I found that the next step after the skeleton assembly was a skin attachment step. That attracted my attention and I started to think that I actually can take that step and complete it on the same day.
Here are my results 🙂 Isn’t it beautifully looking airplane part ?
And here is my full video from the day!
It is hard to wait for the moment when I can start my actual airplane build. I was finishing my other tasks, working at primary job, doing some family activities and waiting when I can start my build. The day has come and on November 3rd I finally started my first steps in my airplane building. Before doing that I had to get all my tools in place. I placed few orders with Aircraft Spruce (why few orders ? – well, because you never can order all tools at once 🙂 ). By the time the first build day had come I already had all required tools ready (I hope that I have all required tools, but something tells me that I will need more and more tools for the duration of my long airplane build journey).
My build started with Section 6, Page 6-2 for the vertical stabilizer assembly. I described all the steps I completed in my video. In general it was very interesting experience. I tried my self and get skills which I never exercised before. So far I like this building activity ALOT!
The next day after I recorder my introduction in to airplane build video my tail cone kit arrived from VAN’s Aircraft. The delivery logistics was a bit complex. I live in Canada near Vancouver while I ordered my kit with delivery to my Border Mail address in Blaine, WA, USA. The primary reason for this is high costs of delivery to Canada. VANs Aircraft company is located in Oregon state which is about 400 miles south from where I live. Shipping to my border mail address in Blaine, WA (about 20 minutes drive from my home in Canada) costs two times less than shipping to Canada. The size for the shipment was 10ft x 4ft x 15″ and weight 260 pounds. That was a big box!
I had to rent a trailer from UHaul, bring it down to Blaine, wait there for FedEx truck to arrive. I was lucky because the FedEx driver helped me to unload the package directly to my trailer. Otherwise I would spent there lots of time while trying to load up my package on to the trailer without fork lift.
Way back from Blaine was uneventful. I passed through Canadian customs, declared my purchase, paid taxes and entered Canada. Canadian customs officer was not surprised about airplane kit which I was importing.
After unloading of my kit at my hangar/shop I went to UHaul to bring trailer back. The day was ended for me.
Next day I started from detailed inventory of my arrived kit. You can see this in my video.
In October 2019 I started to build my own airplane. I was willing to build my own airplane for a long time but always was thinking that this is something I will never be able to achieve due to complexity of the task.
Reading internet, watching youtube videos of other builders who was able to achieve their goal and built their own airplanes I realized that in fact this is possible even for me.
My background is an electrical engineering and programming. I am an embedded developer and have no experience in building anything more complex than a PCB board with components or writing few thousands lines of code.
So I decided to build an airplane and choose well known model from USA manufacturer VANs Aircraft company. The model I decided to build is RV-10. This is an amazing four-seat airplane with single engine. MTOW of this airplane is 2700lb while useful load is about 1400lb.
While building my own airplane I decided to do two more things: 1. Write this Builder’s blog and also 2. Create and manage YouTube channel where I will be posting short videos about my build progress. I found this to be a good idea because this will let me to document all my work and let future builders, who may be interested in my project, to read my blog, watch my videos, see my comments and hopefully avoid mistakes which I will likely do during the build. Well, mistakes happen so I am ready for that, however hope to take each next step of my build slowly while carefully reading assembly instructions!