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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.

The big news this week is that the 1000th RV9 has flown. Also it is 60 Years since Van had his first solo flight at age 16. Both great milestones for Vans.

G-ISMADai Heather Hayes takes yet another Scottish RV for its fisrt flight, second of the year. RV8 G-CIKP had its first flight 17th - Nov. Excellent news Colin & Peter, no doubt see you around Perth in the near future. 

 G-ISMAG-ISMA has had its first flights 10/10/15, Have fun Steve.

G-CILGG-CILG has had its first flights, looking good.

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!

G-SPRX & G-SPRK RV4 imports are now flying with G- regs.

G-MUJD had it first flights on 27-Aug. Well done Muj, enjoy.

G-RVICRV10 G-RVVY cleared for fight July.

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.

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

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 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 RV12 - F1206F Bearing Cracks

SB 14-11-03 RV12 - 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 1-Feb-16

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UKFlying World Wide
RV3 9 4289
RV4 17 351389
RV6/6A 40 992571
RV7/7A 80 791490
RV8/8A 38 581340
RV9/9A 30 521007
RV10 10 8787
RV12 16 8445
RV14/14A 2 03
Totals 242 3439321

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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