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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.




Nigel from the North Weald marshalling team, who do a fair bit to help us, has asked I put this on the site for a visit to the Rougham Museum. I'm sure it will be of interest to a few of us at least.


Click here for a full size PDF of the flyer.

Been a bit busy to keep up with the site with holidays, wedings and Fly-ins. Some how I ended up as Chairman of the Scottish Aero Club and all that entails. Anyway this month we have another RV7 started and an imported RV12 is back in the air with a G-reg. The Glenforsa RV fly-in on the 27th and the Rally the following week so still a busy few weeks ahead.

 Great news, RV6 G-RRRV has flown on the 17-June. This would be the 100th RV6 to fly with a G- reg. Well done Christopher and all the best with the rest of the test flights.

The first of the IFR clearences for permit aircraft are starting to filter through, no surprise 3 of the first 5 are RV's. Good to see all the hard work is starting to pay off. Well done all.

2 More RV7's cleared to Fly G-RVHD & G-DSRV just in time for summer! Also another 7 imported G-OGRL soon to be added to the fleet.

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.


RV fly-in to Perth Aug 18/20th. RV fly-in at Glenforsa Mull 27th Aug 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

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.



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-Sep-17

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UKFlying World Wide
RV3 9 4296
RV4 17 351406
RV6/6A 40 1012615
RV7/7A 80 881605
RV8/8A 45 641407
RV9/9A 32 541064
RV10 12 10840
RV12 18 10543
RV14/14A 9 041
Totals 262 3669817

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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