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Welcome to RVUK, Your site for Vans Aircraft in the UK

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G-ELVN, RV7A has flown, well done Geoff.

There have been a couple of SB's issued from Van's the last few weeks. 


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.

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, this includes Peter Pengilly.

Sorry if I missed someone.


Also of note is the PilotAware team.

Well done all.

G-CHST, RV9A took flight 11th Apr. Well done Robin, enjoy.

G-COLS RV7 has taken to the air on the 21st March. Reports that all are happy and performing as expected. 

RV9A G-PTEK has had first flight from Blackpool. Well done Pete.

March LAA project news also is busy with 5 new starts listed for January, happy times, can't remember as many in one month for a long time.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Vans RV-6, Air-Britain would like to gather as many Vans RV-6 aircraft together as possible at our 37th annual Fly-In. Our Fly-In is being held over the weekend of 18-19 June at North Weald Airfield (EGSX), see for details. Please accept this as our formal invitation to join us at our event.


 North Weald require us to use a PPR system. This can be obtained by phoning The Squadron on 01992 524510 after 14th May. Not needed if arriving Friday 17th. There will be no landing fees for all aircraft throughout the weekend.

 Whilst we particularly like to welcome owners of those invited aircraft, we are always pleased to welcome any Vans aircraft and their occupants. There will be a marquee for all RV pilots and crew to meet up in.


Catering and on-field camping facilities will be available for those wishing to stay overnight. The website has details of local hotels and accommodation, if required.


Downlaod Poster Click here

G-ISMANew old News, G-EGSR RV7 has taken to the air, actually on the 24th Oct and now has 20 hours on the clock.

G-COLS RV7 cleared for flight this month and another 2 RV7's in the build in addition to the 2 RV14's that have been given the go ahead to start, things just keep getting better.

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


First 2 RV14's have permission to start building in the UK. Further details on one at 

Fireflies display



FireFlies : - A new RV4 display team have formed see


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

LAA Rally 4-6 Sept, break down of RV attendance-: 111 RV`s


RV4      13

RV6      19

RV6A     9

RV7     24

RV7A     6

RV 8    13

RV9       8

RV9A  13

RV10    3

RV12    3


Next year is 70 years of the LAA, lets try and break the 200 RV's, 300 would be even better!

Several of the RV fraternity were honoured by the Royal Aero Club this year. The award ceremony took place on the 12th May at the RAF club in Piccadilly. 

1. Dave McElroy has been awarded the Norton-Griffiths Challenge Trophy for his round the world flight in a Piper Comanche and raising money for charity in the process.

2. Gary Smith received the Royal Aero Club Bronze Medal for his work with the educational trust and the metal work course many new builders have been on.

3. Mark Turner received the Royal Aero Club Certificate of Merit for his work with the air racing and producing the software used for handicap calculations and time keeping. 

4. Ian Corse, has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for support to the RV fraternity over many years. 


The LAA accounted for about 30% of the awards.

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 16-05-23 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 26-May-16

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UKFlying World Wide
RV3 9 4292
RV4 17 351393
RV6/6A 40 992579
RV7/7A 79 811512
RV8/8A 41 581347
RV9/9A 28 531020
RV10 10 8799
RV12 18 8452
RV14/14A 4 05
Totals 244 3479399

UK RV First Flights



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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