RV-10 Family Affair
After 17 years of thinking about building an airplane my RV-10 kit is on the way!
Project has come full circle from the RV to Lancair to Glasair to Lancair to RV. Originally wanted the RV as it is based on proven and time honored construction, went to Lancair for the 4 passenger capacity, to Glasair for the cost and speed, back to Lancair for the capacity and finally to the RV for the proven construction and 4 passenger capacity.
When my wife and I first started talking about it she was not only supportive but excited, even after telling her we would need to buy some tools. All she was concerned about was being able to help with the process. She also advised that if we were going to turn the shop into an airplane factory we would have to clean it up and get organized.
While waiting on the kit, we ordered the practice kit, talked with a couple of builders and started practicing. She says it is a lot like sewing; pinning your patterns together and then sewing them up, albeit with a few more steps and precision.
Riveting seems very simple and easy with an experienced builder by your side but the rubber hits the road when you are on your own. Sure glad we are making as many mistakes as possible on the practice pieces! This morning we decided to practice drilling out rivets and after several ovaled huge holes and finally discovered the best way for us and successfully drilled out quite a few rivets.