Rear seat riveting

Hours Worked = 2

I’m finishing up a previous section tonight. I’m finally getting around to riveting in the rear seat pans. Before I could do this, I had to run my com antenna wires, as my com antennas attach to the belly of the plane below the rear seats. With a few holes drilled and wires pulled(leaving slack for a service loop!), I got to pop riveting!

On a side note, today RV10 Internet celebrity Tim Olson (of fame) posted a great commentary on his RV14 build site. He wrote about persistence, patience, family, faith, and life. His write-ups of the many amazing trips the their family took together was the single greatest influence on me deciding that this endeavor was worth the sacrifice of time and money. Words can’t describe how excited Colleen and I are to make our own family adventures in this pile of aluminum and fiberglass someday (soon I hope!)

One part of his latest post reinforces advice I’ve been given before by other airplane builders. Get out there as much as you can, even if it’s only 10 or 15 minutes. It all adds up, and any progress is good progress. Even tonight after dinner, I was contemplating just relaxing a bit and putting my feet up… but I figured I’d head out into the garage and just putter around for maybe 30 minutes. Well, 2 hours later, I’ve got another section of the plans done!

I HIGHLY recommend that you check out this post from Tim, as well as the rest of his site. It’s really the gold standard for RV10 (and soon RV14) information.


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5 thoughts on “Rear seat riveting

  • November 22, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Great job! I follow your info and your videos will help me one day I start building! Thanks for sharing!

    PS: I would not mount both comm antennas on the belly. My modest advice is to mount one com antenna on the roof. This will ensure good reception ant tx on ground..


  • November 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    It is amazing what you are creating! Enjoy this adventure!


  • November 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Hey Igor,

    I’ve had that same thought in the back of my head. I have already mounted two bent whip antennas on the belly, based on the experiences from quite a few other RV10 flyers that have the same configuration… but I may still take one off and put one on the roof for better ground reception.

  • November 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    A good prayer….I have really enjoyed following this build and it has inspired me to tackle complicated projects around my house…I’ve stared at walls holding a saw in my hand and thought to myself “I have no idea what I’m doing and the cost of failure high” but hey, if Kranz can build an airplane in his garage…then what’s holding me back?…and I start cutting. I’ve never met you, but watching you succeed inspires me to take risks and learn…and I enjoy the accomplishments of having done it myself.

    Thanks for setting that standard, and keep it up. It is a motivator for me.

  • January 5, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    I know it’s been a long time since you posted this but, maybe a question?

    I work with Teen Flight and help kids build RV-12s. We tried an RV-9 kit one time with the kids and found the number of solid rivets was – well, imposing. Now we stick to RV-12s! They are mostly pull rivets. Which, finally, brings me to my question. Is it not worth having a pneumatic puller on an RV-10 build?

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