Vans RV10 Airplane

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Vans RV10 Airplane

Vans RV10 Airplane
Vans RV10 Airplane


The performance, handling and cost of the RV-10 make it the obvious choice in the limited field of four-seat kit airplanes, and a viable alternative to four-seat production airplanes – singles or twins – as well. The RV-10 is a true four-person airplane, not just an airplane with four seats. It will carry four FAA standard adults, full fuel and sixty pounds of baggage while remaining at or below max gross weight.


The cabin accommodates four full-sized adults. Both front and back seats will hold people 6’4″ tall and provide them with truly comfortable leg and headroom. Pilot seats can be adjusted in the cabin while seated. 


The RV-10 is designed to fly well on various versions of the bulletproof six-cylinder Lycoming O-540 engine, developing between 235 and 260 hp. In our prototype, power is provided by a fuel-injected 260 hp Lycoming IO-540.

When many pilots say “performance” they really mean “speed.” The RV-10 is a fast airplane – it will cruise just under 200 mph – but speed is only part of the story.


The RV-10 derives its high cruise speed from a clean, light airframe instead of from a big, consumptive engine. This means cruise at lower speeds can be very economical. Company pilots often choose to cruise at 50-55% power and take advantage of the economy available there. At 175 mph, the RV-10 is covering more miles per gallon than most of the luxury cars, pickup trucks and SUVs it is flying over.


Empennage (tail feathers)
Horizontal and vertical stabilizers. Rudder and elevators. The rudder controls yaw and the elevators control pitch.
Tail cone
The section of the fuselage behind the cockpit and passenger seats
The area where the pilots and passengers sit.
The wings which are also the fuel tanks are a large endeavor because everything has to be sealed so fuel doesn’t leak out.
The ailerons are the hinged panels at the rear of the wings that control roll of the airplane
Seats and interior
Light weight (but comfortable) leather seats will be installed along with leather side panels, aircraft carpet carpet and a headliner.
Windows and doors will be installed.
Instrument panel and wiring
The instrumental panel (all glass computer screens) will be installed then all of the aircraft wiring will be installed for lighting, radios and various controls.
Flight controls
Flight controls consisting of cables and pushrods will be installed.
Landing gear
This aircraft has tricycle style landing gear with castering nose wheel and brakes for each main wheel. The landing gear and tires are installed now.
Engine and propeller mounting
A Lycoming IO 540 6 cylinder engine will be installed Along with a controllable 3 bladed composite propeller.
Final assembly
The rest of the various parts that haven’t been installed are installed now.


A FAA inspector will do a thorough inspection of the airplane and advise us to make corrections or if we’ve done everything correctly sign off the airplane as “air worthy”.  I will fly the aircraft for a total of at least 40 hours as sole occupant (FAA requires this).
  Will fly the aircraft to an aircraft paint shop for some cool colors paint!