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RV Fly-in at North Weald returns

A date for your diaries is the 8th and 9th of July 2017 when the Squadron at North Weald airfield will be re-instating the annual RV gathering. Details are being defined at present but the new management at  NW Squadron have already put the wheels in motion. No landing fee, overnight camping, some of the lowest price Avgas in the country and the new catering management are keen to provide us with good quality sustenance. More details to follow as the arrangements are finalised but certainly a weekend to keep free to share with likeminded "Vanatics". It is also the ideal opportunity for our European RV friends to join in the fun with North Weald being a short RV distance from Dover over a fairly simple route.



April saw another 3 new starts with a mix of 9A,10 & 14A. Also RV-7 G-CIRV has joined the fleet flying in the UK. Well done Robert, enjoy.

3 more new starts this month and flight clearance for RV8 G-RVTX. There's just no end to is which is really great.

Also in the events listing there are dates for the RV formation workshops at North Weald and several events are also advertised proving the flying season is really on us.

New starts coming thick and fast this month with 5 in total, a 7, 8, 12 and 2 14's. Good to see things picking up again. No first flights but there has been a few new registrations so expect to see some soon.


Also of note is that the mothership hobbs has turned 2600 RV6's flying and 500 RV12's. The total is now 9639 of all models so turning 10000 this year might be a posibility.

2 more kit starts this month, a RV7 and a RV14.


The fly-in season is also upon us and I have today had notification of the 13th Van's Club De France fly-in on June 16-18th at Roanne (LFLO). More details in the events listing here.


There is also the North Weald event above and several other RV Fly-in's kicking off with Popham. There is a Duxford LAA bonus day on 5th August and also a RV bonus day date TBA.


I'm planning to organise a RV fly-in to Perth June 10th/11th. For those who may wish to visit Scotland earlier theres a fly-in at Glenforsa Mull 27/28th May so there's a few on the list already.


Let's hope for a decent spell of weather over the summer months and with any luck will see a good turnout at these events. See you there.


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


Full story here

Happy New Year and in the first LAA mag of the year we have two first flights to report. G-MACI, Nigel Campbells RV7, and G-IDRS, Tim Williams RV8 canadian import. There is also a new start RV10. 

RV 8 Service Bulletin Before further flight

As of 2nd Dec the CAA have approved the removal of Day VFR restriction on LAA Permit aircraft on a case by case basis. News release here, with the LAA tech leaflets TL2.27 and TL2.28. This has been a long fought battle by several volunteers several from the RV community. Thanks all for your hard work.

This years British Air Racing Champions are Mark and Joanne Turner in his RV6. FaceBook link There are quite a few RV's taking part in air racing this year, More Details.


Van arriving at the LAA Rally with Roger Hopkinson on Thursday evening after flying into Heathrow that afternoon.


Van held two sessions in the speakers corner which were full houses and on the Friday night he and his wife had dinner with some of the UK RV & EU owners.






LAA rally, 4000 visitors and 500 aircraft flew in. 55 RV's were in attendance on the Friday with a further 10 arriving on the Saturday and Sunday. Not quite the 130 that were booked in but the weather was typically Brittish. The Van stand had a steady stream of visitors as did the metal work stand in the homebuild tent.


Awards went to :-

G-EGSR - Best RV

G-EGSR - Commendation Certificate, kit built aircraft

G-RVIC - Commendation Certificate, kit built aircraft

Just brought to my attention is the Air Race Championship. 


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



LAA President, RV6 & RV10 builder owner, Roger Hopkinson MBE.


Roger Hopkinson has been recognised for his hard work in support of General Aviation over the last 12+ years. Full details and LAA press release

Royal Aero Club awards this year has more RV owners awarded for the endevours. 

- Roger Hopkinson gets a Diploma.

- Night IFR team a certificate of merit

- Peter Pengilly.

- Mike Barnard

- Steve Noujaim 

Sorry if I missed someone.


Also of note is the PilotAware team.

Well done all, and well deserved.

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


Chasing the Morning Sun

Chasing the Morning Sun

Manuel Queroz's book telling the story of his round the world flight Chasing the Morning Sun is available from the LAA shop and all the obvious local and internet outlets. Manuel is also available for talks and book signing events if anyone is interested.


"If you haven't read this yet then it's time you did, very well writen and an excellent read." Ian

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 6-May-17

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UKFlying World Wide
RV3 9 4296
RV4 17 351404
RV6/6A 41 992604
RV7/7A 79 861570
RV8/8A 44 631387
RV9/9A 32 541044
RV10 12 10824
RV12 19 9506
RV14/14A 7 031
Totals 260 3609666

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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