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LAA Rally, great to see old friends and make a few more new ones over the weekend. Thanks for calling past the VAN's stand those flying, building and thinking about it.

RV8's G-NRFK & G-TDJP have had frist flights well done and nice to see TDJP at the Rally this weekend.

RTW 80Fellow RV pilot and ex-chairman of the Scottish Aero Club has competed the Canadian flight around the world in 80 days. Dave is now flying the Piper Comanche from Burlington Canadan via Greenland and Iceland back to Perth, arriving on Friday 8th Aug to complete the UK RTW having circumnavigating the world plus a bit and calling into Oshkosh on the way. But the adventure is not done then as the aircraft has to be returned to Canada and so crosses the atlantic for a 3rd time. 


If you wish to help sponsor the charities he is raising money for please see


Well done Dave and Good Luck on the final legs.

June/July saw 2 new RV7 starts and 3 first fights in the UK, 2 of those were imports but great to see G-NRFK an RV-8 cleared for flight.

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RV formation flying at North Weald.

Last weekend the RV formation group met at North Weald for a fantastic days flying. It was a hot and sunny day with significant turbulence below the inversion level which meant it was quite bumpy but we flew two sorties of advanced formation for 2-Ships and two more basic formation sorties for 3-Ships. The afternoon then started with everyone launching as a 5-Ship and splitting to fly exciting tail chases and learn Fighting Wing procedures. The day also saw a new forces instructor join the team and one member fly solo for the first time.


Our next meeting is 16/17 Aug. So if you have an RV, can get to North Weald and fancy some really satisfying flying then drop me an email or give me a ring to find out more.


Robin Tye

07802 232413


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The following was sent in by Phil Wright a couple of weeks ago..


Thought you may be intersted to know Team Raven (shown previously) along with myself travelled to Karup in Denmark where they took part in the Danish Airshow. Due to work commitments one member could not make it. However, in front of a crowd of 120,000 spectators and displaying as a fourship they were awarded the best Civilian Display Team in very difficult blustery conditions, a magnificent achievement. I have attached a photograph of the team with the award. Raven 1 Simon (Sid) Shirley (kneeling), Raven 2 Steve Lloyd (Left), Raven 3 Barry Gwynnett (right), Raven 4 Gerald Williams (centre). Also attached is a shot of the last leg of a long flight home nearing Swansea.


All The Best, Phil Wright.

The RV8tors  to display at City Airport (Manchester Barton).

" City Airport (Manchester Barton) will see air displays return to the airfield for the first time in many years. We are very pleased to say that The RV8tors will hopefully be closing the show on Sunday 13th July. We would love to see as many visitors fly in as possible so I therefore as if you could mention us to fellow RV pilots and direct them to the website below:


(We ask for online PPR so we can then reply with a Pilot Brief for them to read before flying in)"

Swansea is becoming a real hotbed for RV's and a new display team based on 4 RV 8's and the leader flying an RV 4 have just confirmed a number of airshows for this year. Attached is a great photo of the team (Team Raven).


From Phil Wright

There's a nice RV7 for sale in Norway, for details please see the following post.

Important Service Information:


Van's have issued two AD's covering tail plane and elevators. Please see the Van's site for details. 


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

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


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

UK RV First Flights


RV Hobbs 31-Aug-14

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UKFlying World Wide
RV3 10 3281
RV4 17 331371
RV6/6A 44 942532
RV7/7A 76 661372
RV8/8A 41 511253
RV9/9A 27 52925
RV10 9 7717
RV12 13 7335
RV14/14A 0 01
Totals 237 3138787


26Aug 2013, the 300th UK reg RV took to the air, G-TPPW 

LAA records 500+ RV's on the books. It appears that some of the early RV3's and 6's weren't logged on the RVUK database and LAA also included the 2 Rockets. Still at a 50% completion rate and a lot still in the active build stage this completion rate should rise as should the total numbers. With this months additions to the build list there are over 500 RV's in the UK.


G-RVIS has first flight making 249 flying G- reg RV's. However as one was destroyed this make RVIS the 250th RV to fly with a G reg. Well done Ian.


The UK's first RV-12 has first flight 5-Jan. And rubber stamped by LAA engineer 'I thought it was perfect - couldn't fault it. Only thing to watch for is the rather flat approach angle even with full flap - it makes a good glider. But all round, brilliant, ten out ten.'


Tim Spurge and Tony Crone are building an RV7 and have invited any RV's to visit them at Great Oakley with possible fly-in later in the year.

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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