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In addition to VRRV this month sees G-CIPL RV9 cleared for flight and also another RV14 new start. Total kits in the UK now passed 640 with 375 flying or having flown with a G-reg. Keep up the good work and enjoy the fruits.

First flight report from Jon for hs RV12 after a 3 year build. Watch the video here, Great job Jon, enjoy.

Decembers LAA mag has two new RV project and one released to flight G-RVTB, RV7. Also sent in is a photo of G-JRVB which is the first fully wrapped rather than painted to be approved by the LAA.

Vans records the 10,000th flying RV, it had to happen sooner or later. The full press release is HERE.

Novembers LAA mag has 3 new starts, all RV's, a 7,12 & 14. Happy building folks.

Octobers a busy month in the project news, 2 flying in the form of  RV8 G-WIKD and RV7 G-OGRL, enjoy. There's also 4 new starts, 2x7's a 12 and a 14 all the best with the building, you know it's worth it.

Announcement from Claire @ BERINGER AERO


I would like to announce the release of new and very well documented wheel and brake kits for RVs (especially RV10 and 14 that have been our best sellers in the US this year)


Click on here for PDF

Quiet month in some respects, just two new starts, both RV14's.


The LAA Rally started September off to a great start with 104 RV's in attendance, where were the other 250? The weekend saw 833 aircraft fly in and 4000 visitors. Nigel and the marshalling team did the usual great job and we managed to get most of the RV's together in a couple of rows near the front.


Congratulations to Chris Marsh… He was commended in the Best Kit Built Category at the LAA Rally, and won Best RV too, for his beautiful blue and silver RV-9, G-ORVS. Mark Hughes was also commended in Best Kitbuilt, for his RV-7A G-JCIH.



British-born RV pilot and environmentalist Jeremy Rowsell has made history by flying RV9 G-CDZD across Australia using a conventional fuel blended with fuel derived from plastic waste.


Full story here

Air Race Championship. 


Check out the pilots list, there are a couple of well known RV owners in there.



Raven displayTeam Raven 2016 promotion video : 1x RV4 and 4 X RV8s


Fireflies display



FireFlies : - A new RV4 display team have formed see

G-SPRK and G-SPRX flown by Jon and Andy.

There's a new dedicated FASVIG website which was launched today - 14th April - 

Please take a look, subscribe for Newsletters and Volunteer to help deliver the FAS VFR Implementation Programme.

Check out the 1st class photos on Ed's flickr pages. 

Eds flickr


Service Bulletins

Important Service Information: Please check with Vans and LAA for current SB's.

Summary of last 12 months follows:-

SB-16-12-16 RV-8QB - Missing bolts.

SB 16-08-01 RV-12 - Stabilator Bearing Inspection

SB 16-08-24 RV-12 - Loose engine mount bracket rivets

SB 16-05-23 RV-12 - Nose Fork Inspection

SB 16-03-28 All RV-3,4,6,7,8,9,10,14 - Cracking of wing aft spar web at the inboard aileron hinge bracket attach rivets.

SB 15-03-05 RV-12 - Rotax 912 Carb Float

SB 14-12-22 RV-6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, 10 - WD-631-PC Nose Stop Flange

SB 14-12-06 RV-12 - F1206F Bearing Cracks

SB 14-11-03 RV-12 - Wing skin-to-spar Rivet Wear

SB 14-10-14 RV-12 - Rotax Carb Float

SB 14-09-10 RV-12 - Throttle Return Springs

SB 14-08-29 RV-10 - Engine Mount Elastomer Plate

SB 14-02-05 RV-3, 4, 6/6A, 7/7A, 8/8A Flying aircraft - Cracks in Elevator Spar

SB 14-01-31 RV-6/6A, RV-7/7A, RV-8/8A - Horizontal Stabilizer Cracks

RV Hobbs 2-Feb-18

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UKFlying World Wide
RV3 9 4296
RV4 17 351416
RV6/6A 39 1032635
RV7/7A 82 901677
RV8/8A 45 671450
RV9/9A 31 551078
RV10 12 10879
RV12 19 11579
RV14/14A 12 051
Totals 266 37510061

UK RV First Flights


UK RV Records

2011 Record by UK RV8 - Around Britain
A new national speed record in a RV8 (G-ZUMI) over 3,500 km in 14 hours & 17 minutes, including 5 refuelling stops on August 24th.




2010 World Record by UK RV7 - London - Cape Town - London

Steve Noujaim beat the record with 3 days 11 hours and 16 minutes. 4 hours less that the previous record, well done Steve.




2006 World Record Attempt by UK RV6 - Around the World

A fact that has been obscured by the delays with bad weather, is that I did get quite a few records established the British record for the circumnavigation in the class, established 9 intermediate distance world records, was the only British registered homebuilt to go around the world ( and by far the furthest a Brit homebuilt has gone) and the fastest circumnavigation by any type of RV. The weather and the AI made sure I am the class second fastest in the world- but I'm happy at that!

Manuel Queiroz

Chasing the Morning Sun is available from the LAA shop and all the obvious local and internet outlets. Manuel is also available to talks and book signing events if anyone is interested.

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