Jessen RV-10 Builder's Log
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The picture below is of an RV-10, a real, honest-to-goodness airplane that I am currently building.  It is a 4-passenger, 170 knot low wing single engine general aviation airplane that happens to be a joy to fly.  I've flown in 3 of them.  One is the sister demonstrator to the one pictured, both owned and used by Van's Aircraft to give demonstration rides.  Another is a customer built plane by Randy Debauw.  Randy's was the first fully completed customer built RV-10 to fly.  The third is one built by Dave Saylor, owner of Aircrafter's LLC, located in Watsonville, CA.

As of September 7, 2009, there are 201 flying RV-10's (per Van's web page). 

Van's Plane

The plane shown here (picture from Van’s web site) is unique in that it is powered by a 210 hp Continental IO-360.  Van’s wanted to give builders an option to install a smaller engine, but since very few, if any, builders wanted the lower HP, Van’s has apparently given up on developing it further, choosing instead to go with a Lycoming 540 series.  

I like the picture because of the paint scheme and colors.  To get a history of the development of the RV-10, go the Van’s web site where they have posted a nice description. 

Some question the sanity of anyone flying a GA aircraft, let alone building one that is capable of flying four people. The only comeback for those who are skeptical is to say that at least I’m not free form rock climbing!  Now those guys and gals are living on the edge.  

Flying a modern GA aircraft is not all that difficult (albeit expensive), and is at least as safe as riding a motorcycle, or so say some who write about such things. I love it.  And that’s why I do it, much like the rock climbers. It is a manageable risk, and one that I find acceptable, given the rewards. Building is also in that category. The plane is from a line of proven aircraft, and those who’ve built theirs and flown them all say that the handling characteristics are excellent. I trust this manufacturer and discuss this elsewhere on the site under "thoughts." I feel I’ve done a sufficient amount of homework on the topic.  However, most importantly, I just love building things.  And this will be my most challenging accomplishment to date.  After I’m done, I get to enjoy it! 

A note about how to use the site:  The site changes almost daily as I learn new tricks and techniques, and as I continue to build the plane.  I’m actually building the site backwards, starting from what I’m doing on the build now and filling in where I’ve been.   A metaphor for life, perhaps?

Anyway, each major component of the build gets its own section (Empennage, Wings, etc.), and each section is divided into the sub-sections, as detailed in the plans.   Each of these is then displayed page by page, unless a page is so short that it makes more sense to display two pages.

The top menus stay the same so you can always get back to a section.  I've taken the side menus away to make more room for content, and added drop down menus.  Lot’s of things are or will be click-able.   For example, if you click on a picture within a page you get a bigger picture, which in turn can get you to the thumbnails for that section; and so on.

Hope it all works!  If you find problems, please let me know.

Notice:  I present this builder’s log to the general public for two reasons.  First, I want to document the experiences that surround this amazing journey I’m on, this building of an airplane.  Second, I’ve never done a web site before and thought that I’d give this a try.  Thus, everything about this site is for my enjoyment and education, and I take no responsibility for any foolish notion on your part that the information contained herein means anything at all.  

Nonetheless, enjoy!