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About Me
I'm Tim Olson, your every day ordinary average guy who fell in love with aviation, bought a plane, but then wanted something more than the normal every-day airplane could offer.  I went through many mental gyrations as I dreamed of building my own airplane, but finally, and THANKFULLY, settled on the RV-10 kit from Van's Aircraft.  Building this kit changed my life for the better, and brought experiences to my family that I could have never imagined possible.  Because of my fascination and drive for aviation, and improving the experience for others, I put these web pages together as I was building, and continued them after, so that others could benefit from what I had learned.  My skills aren't anything that are above and beyond what most people are capable of, if they put their mind to it, so I encourage people to dream big, and put their heart into anything they want to do. 

My approach to aviation, and life in general, is one of "Live your dreams", do what you have always wanted to do, and share your you can, and before you find yourself looking back wishing you had.  Many people WANT to learn to fly, but few follow through.  May the experiences you read about here help motivate you to follow through and live your dreams too.

You may contact me using the email name Tim on this domain.  I am a busy person, so forgive me if my replies are late. (spamproof contact link)

About My RV-10 Project on
This page contains my RV10 project log and many other tips and information I've gathered throughout the building process. There are also links to further information from other sources, along with some pics others have sent me. 

I started my RV-10 kit on Jan. 24,  2004 and started flying it on Feb. 12th, 2006.  With over 16 years and 1600 hours on my RV-10 to date, I've been very impressed with this aircraft.  A project like this is never truly "finished", so the page will continue as I fly and learn more about this beautiful flying machine.

Visit my Builders and Travel log to see a wealth of documentation on my build, and the flying done since, where I try to illustrate many things of interest to RV-10 homebuilders.

About My RV-14 Project on is a web page dedicated to the construction and flying of my RV14A, the second airplane that I've built, through the extraordinary kits produced by Van's Aircraft.  In January 2013 I got the motivation to start the RV-14A kit and after 2 and a half years I finally completed and flew it in June 2016, and today have over 300 hours of great flying on it.

When I started flying my RV-14, I realized that this machine was going to bring a totally different set of experiences to my life, so I will probably keep alive to illustrate some of those things.  The RV-14 and the RV-10 are so similar in construction that in many cases they share the same parts, but when those parts are put together, they turn into two very similar yet very different machines.  Both have their strengths, and both are very enjoyable to fly.  The RV-14, being an Aerobatic aircraft, offers thrill and excitement that is just not possible in many other airplanes, so I will try to share some of those experiences on
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RV-10 & 14 Builders Resources       

RV-10 Forum Resources

I highly recommend any people interested in building RV10 join the Matronics RV-10 list.  It's like having instant online tech support.  In addition while building your panel, following the Aero-electric list would be a great idea.  For those who like to read web forums, check out the Van's Airforce RV-10 Forum too!

Other RV-10 Information Resources

Vendor Links
These are vendors I've had personal experience with.  For a more expansive list Click Here.
  • Aircraft Specialty - Top Quality braided Teflon hoses, engraving, tools, and many more items to make your build easier!
  • Kanardia - An AWESOME 2.25" Backup Instrument Manufacturer

Misc Links - Follow this link for more general Aviation resources.

                    your dreams today!
A large percentage of the population dreams of flying, but never works to realize that dream.  If you are a dreamer, find the passion within you and learn today.  Don't let your dreams fade by the wayside. Chase them today.

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 When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
—Leonardo DaVinci

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain

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Standard Disclaimer:  The ideas, concepts, maintenance procedures and tips within this site may not be considered acceptable, and have come from a variety of potentially unreliable sources.  As with any do-it-yourself project, building an airplane and doing the maintenance is an "at your own risk" undertaking.  Treat any information you find on this page and on the web in general with caution and know that you alone are responsible for the safety of your airplane, and the maintenance performed.   Although the ideas posted here were put out with the concept of increased safety in mind, there are no guarantees.  (Hey, it's 2006, what's a guy to do)

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