Welcome to my RV-10 site. This site is not intended to be a step by step description on how to build an RV-10 as there are some amazing builders that have created pages that show just about anything one would like to know about an RV-10 build. Please reference Tom Olsen’s Tom Olsen site or Deems Davis pages as a starting point for that sort of detail.

My site is meant to be a photo montage of some unique features specific to my build. We have made a number of unique & custom upgrades to the standard "kit" that I wish to share with friends & builders alike.

What’s an RV-10 you ask?

The RV-10 is a 260 Hp, four (4) passenger, high performance, fixed tricycle gear aircraft in a low wing configuration. I selected this design for its broad performance envelope and exceptional versatility. As an added bonus there is a wonderful online RV builders community filled with knowledgeable, gifted and helpful craftsman available around the clock.

Why choose an RV-10?

After becoming certified as a pilot in January 2002 (start to finish in ~4 months during 9/11) I needed a plane to fly vs. renting. I figured the more I fly the better pilot I would be. The first plane I choose was a very good condition (1953) D-35 Bonanza which required an additional high performance endorsement. This is a very nice flying plane but I do not care for the ergonomics it offered. I kept the D-35 for business and purchased a beautiful Cherokee 140. This was a great trainer but very SLOW. If one wants to build time get a 150 Hp 4 place airplane. I then purchased a Piper Turbo Lance II. This six (6) seat retractable is an exceptional plane for long flights at altitude (20,000 foot ceilings) with a lot baggage space. The downside to the "Land Lance" is that it flies like a school bus and tends to eat up a lot of runway on both takeoff and landing. Especially when fully loaded. At the same time I purchased a sweet little RV-4Tom Olsen. I figured most of my flying was solo and a little sports plane would be a good choice. While the RV-4 was definitely fun and the performance was out of this world compared with what I had been flying however I found I preferred side by side vs. tandem seating and I preferred tricycle gear over tail draggers. That makes me a wimp in some circles but I am ok with that.

I sold the RV-4 and purchased a beautiful RV-6A from builder extraordinaire Gene Mayo who did an impeccable job creating this aircraft. Every time I step out of this plane I think what an amazing design Richard VanGrunsven (Van) has created. I was hooked on RV’s. I guess that is why they are the most popular kit planes in the world with nearly 5,500 flying copies. The only drawbacks to an RV-6A, 7A & 9A are that they have only two seats. I needed a 4 place plane just as Van was releasing his RV-10 design. I purchased RV-10 “Quick Build” kit # 570 sight unseen when there were only 30 flying RV-10’s in existence. It wasn’t till 8 months had passed that I saw my first -10 in person at Sun N Fun 2007. I flew in the factory demonstrator the following day. Wahoo! Did I make a good choice.

The beauty of an "Experimental" plane is that as the builder you have the option to place anything you deem airworthy in the plane and you have a much wide range of avionics, engine & interior components not available to the certified market. Additionally as the builder you can install & replace components plus maintain the aircraft yourself instead of paying an aircraft mechanic unfamiliar with your plane $100/hour. This can be a huge savings as a typical Cirrus annual can run $7,500 or more while some builder performed annuals are as little as $90 (oil, filter etc) plus consumables like tires.

An additional benefit to a new RV-10 is that it’s NEW. Most certified single engine airplanes were built before 1978. They are 30 years and older. With many 30+ year old components! My D-35 Bonanza is going to be 55 years old. We have thoroughly examined, maintained & upgraded the plane but that does not change the fact that it was designed in the 1940’s. Our RV-10 will have state of the art avionics package, O2 system and a amazing custom engine built by BPE. The interior will be two tone leather seating with a pop up DVD player for the co-pilot and a drop down DVD player for the rear passengers. Plus XM radio & weather for all. You don’t find these comforts in a 40 year old “spam can.”

I could go on and on about the benefits of experimental aircraft and the amazing designs of Richard VanGrunsven but instead I will let the photos on my site do the talking.

Happy flying,
Robin, Nova & Hannah Marks

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