RV-10 Flying and Flight
and Weight & Balances for RV-10's
Watch Your Step - Tipping back on
Flight Testing Services
LATCH THOSE DOORS!!
Operating Handbooks and Weight & Balances for RV-10's
Note: BEWARE - None of these
POH's and W&B's is "certified accurate", and they may
inaccurate information or formulas. Verify everything you
when using the information.
Sorry for the long winded read, but
please read this:
Regarding the POH: I've passed it around to a few
with a couple requests...
1) If you have useful stuff to add to it, please copy me back
on it so that I can improve mine on this site. I get lots of
the POH, so this will help others in the end too....personally,
unless the change is really nice, I'm happy with how it is, but
it would be nice to have a good W&B page and other things
within the POH. So far almost nobody
has ever written back with improvements to date.
2) Don't trust the V-speeds....use them as a guideline for your
first flights if you wish, but do go out and test for yourself.
The Vx and Vy in particular I didn't spend a lot of flights
verifying and re-verifying.
3) If you don't agree with, or don't like a particular checklist
procedure, then don't use it. We don't have identical
and equipment, so we can't have identical checklists
why it's no use to do a "standard" printing of them.
people choose to fly differently than others. For instance,
never go full-rich on landing until short final. I
don't think it's good for the engine, and plug fouling, and
at those low power settings on landing your engine will like you
if you keep it lean. But, some people want to go full rich
abeam the numbers on downwind. Fine. Don't bother trying to
change my opinion on it, and I won't bother trying to change
4) Remember, just because one person wrote some content, if YOU
use the information in that checklist, you need to consider it
YOUR information. I and the other people who contributed
POH's and W&B's are not responsible for anything YOU do while
you fly your plane, even if our checklist procedures cause
you problems.....the PILOT has the sole responsibility for
his plane and passengers....a theory that I'm very glad we have
5) Caution: Van's has specified the RV10 Vne (never exceed speed) to
be 200KTAS (TRUE airspeed) Do not confuse this with KIAS as
some others have, and when creating or copying one of the below
POH's, make sure to note that it's TRUE Airspeed.
With that out of the way, here's a bunch of POH's and W&B's for
N104CD POH and W&B
C-FXCS POH and W&B
John Cleary's W&B
RV-6A POH by Bruce Patton
More to come if we can drum up contributors!
Here are 2 references provided by Marcus Cooper that give some good
info for planning your flight testing. (.pdf format)
Advisor "Before You Fly" (Thoughts on your first flight and
Flight Adviisor Program)
First Flight Advisor - Flight Test Cards and Scripts
Here's a Flight Test Plan and
hour inspection program for Bruce Patton's RV-6A - Nice
Getting good performance numbers
Static port errors
Airspeed Markings for RV's
Step!! (Tipping back on aircraft entry)
A couple of builders have reported suffering tail strikes upon
boarding the RV-10 in certain load situations. Be aware that
you have baggage and/or passengers loaded, your RV-10 will be very
heavy and when you climb onto your step, you will increase that
imbalance. If you have an extreme tail load, you may need to
first load a person into the front seat, although this is just an
over-cautious guess. What is definitely known, however, is if
already have rear seat passengers, do not try to have both the pilot
and co-pilot board at the same time. Under most circumstances
will only want to have one person on any step at any time.
should be sufficient to prevent tail strikes upon boarding in all
the most extreme circumstances. Also beware that when trying
taxi with a tail heavy load, you need to watch for bumps that would
induce lots of up-down motion. One builder has suffered a tail
strike on large bumps at OSH with a fully loaded plane.
Vic Syracuse, an RV-10 builder who built an RV-10 and flew it over
hours, is now offering DAR, Flight Testing, Upholstery, and Avionics
Service. Check him out at http://baselegaviation.net/
If there's one mechanical weak-link in the RV-10 it's the
Van's came out with a door latch warning system after doors have
broken off in flight due to improper latching by the pilot or
crew. Read This for