CHRIS LUCAS 'RV-10 BY DAVID GUSTAFSON from Aircraft Spruce

There have been more than 500 designs for home construction aircraft in the last six years, most are single-hole and two-seater aircraft. It is unlikely that there have been 15 four-seat designs, and not many have had any success as kits. Very few have appeared in Oshkosh. Of those in production, the RV-10 stands out as one of the fastest, most economical (to build and operate), and although it is a subjective call, it may be the most pleasing to look at. Being a place of four, it takes a long time to build and costs more than most two place (but not all) kits.

Chris Lucas recently finished his RV-10 project, has logged 13 hours on he and he is delighted with the result. He liked the building so much that he is thinking of building another section of the tail just for the sake of doing it (he would sell it when it is finished). Between the day he first saw the RV-10 in Oshkosh 2003, prompting him to write a check for serial number 72, and his first flight elapsed on November 27, 2011, a little over 8 years.

Chris grew up with an admiration for all things "aviation." He made models, obtained his private in the university, where he obtained a degree in Aerospace Engineering, contracted with the Navy, and later entered in an association in a C-35 Bonanza. This worked well until he took it in a year by some people he did not know. The price of the yearly who made you think about finally building your own plane. He had been fascinated by Burt Rutan creations with composite materials and really liked the performance of the Lancairs, but the price of the kits kept firing until he put it off. For a while he devoted himself to the Rebel Murphy Super. In the end, cost, performance and a growing family led him to choose RV-10.

The cabin doors and the top are made of composite materials that gave Chris the biggest challenge. Getting everything flush and aligned properly along with installing the windows took a lot of time and effort. He was working much happier with the aluminum components. They were pre-aligned. The holes for the rivets had been pierced by the ribs and skins at the factory. They simply had to enlarge the holes, burr the destapadero them, insertion spines, and then begin to replace the spikes with rivets. There was very little manufacturing, most of what was done in the factory, as well as instructions / plans, according to Chris were like a RC model, with step by step, check-it-off instructions and three sketches to help. He estimates that he made no more than 10 phone calls to the factory for builder assistance.

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Although he worried and worried the wiring, after reading a few chats and conversations with friends, he turned out to be one of his most satisfying experiences.

Chris made two design changes. They are quite minor that probably will not incur the wrath of the factory, which disdains mods of all kinds. The first was a compromise with average temperatures at his home in New Bern, North Carolina. A ceiling panel is mounted with lights and created an air outlet, using a Bonanza part. The piano hinge that was to be mounted on the outside of the luggage door has been dispensed with, replacing hidden hinges.

"The project was a good idea and I'm glad I did it. It feels fun being a new airplane owner ... sometimes it feels surreal."

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  • Adam Floyd