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Old 06-13-2022, 09:04 PM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
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Default My RV-10's First Flight

Made the first flight of the RV-10 this evening in boiling summer heat. The highest CHT got up to 437 on initial climb, but after I accelerated to 130 knots, it came down below 400. All 6 cylinders stayed there for the remainder of the flight, with #'s 4 and 6 being ~395 and the others up to 40F less. Oil temperatures, oil pressures, etc. were all happy.

The airplane flew straight and true with no aerodynamic squawks at all. One thing I was happy about (given that it was over 90F at the time of the flight), was the performance of the vents in the overhead console. They really blow a lot of fresh air, which was very welcome. Despite not having flown a "trike" more than about 3 hours in the last 20 years and only having 4-5 hours of fuel injected or constant speed time <ever>, I didn't manage to mismanage either system, so that was a good thing. The landing came off well, with the nosewheel right on the centerline with touchdown pretty much where I'd planned.

I'd expected to do the first flight yesterday, but found that the starter ring gear was rubbing on an inside corner of the upper air inlet/ramp, so I cut the offending material off and glassed in a recess before work this morning. It was hot enough here that the epoxy had hardened by lunchtime when I re-cowled the airplane.

It has been a couple of years since I flew a -10, and I remembered it being heavy on the controls compared to the -6. Yep, mine's heavy on the controls compared to the -6 too. Different missions, but wow, the 2 seater requires a lot less "oomph" to make it do what you want.

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Kyle Boatright
Marietta, GA
2001 RV-6 N46KB
2019(?) RV-10
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Old 06-13-2022, 10:22 PM
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Congratulations Kyle. She looks very nice.
Mike & Becky
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Old 06-13-2022, 11:04 PM
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Kyle, congrats on the new fledgling!!!!
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

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Old 06-14-2022, 02:56 AM
Richard Connell Richard Connell is offline
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Congrats! Looks awesome
RV7 VH-XRC Sold :-(
Sydney, AUS
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Old 06-14-2022, 03:37 AM
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Congrats, Kyle! Great feeling, I'm sure! Best of luck with the engine break-in and flight testing.
Mickey Coggins
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Old 06-14-2022, 03:56 AM
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Congrats. Nice airplane.
RV 10. N4371
Chattanooga, TN.
EAA # 706863.
Exempt, but donated 2022.
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Old 06-14-2022, 05:43 AM
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Congrats Kyle--looking good!
Todd "I drink and know things" Stovall
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Old 06-14-2022, 05:52 AM
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Congrats Kyle! Yesterday was hotter than blazes, so really good job on the baffle seals, etc. for those CHT's.
Krea Ellis

Locust Grove, GA
DA20-A1 "Princess Amelia" - gone home to Amelia Island
RV-7A Phase 2 (Honored to be Van's "Miss July" 2021)
RV-10ER officially an airplane as of 4/5/22!
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Old 06-14-2022, 06:11 AM
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Default Congratulations

Big congratulations Kyle, a great accomplishment.
The -10 is a fantastic airplane especially if you have use for all the seats.
Ernst Freitag
RV-8 finished (sold)
RV-10 IO-540 8.5:1
Running on 91 Octane E10 mogas since 2011
We all get what some of us deserve
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Old 06-14-2022, 06:39 AM
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Congratulations on your first flight. I like your paint scheme and judging from the inside pic, you built it light. You will get great performance and literally fall in love with the plane as you explore the capabilities the RV-10 offers.
David C.
Howell, MI
RV-10: #41686 Under Construction/Sold 2021
RV-9A: #90949 Under Construction
RV-10: #40637 Completed/Sold 2016
Cozy MKIV:#656 Completed/Sold 2007
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