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

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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



G-RVTE - RV6 cleared to fly, this is RV6 no. 99 to fly in the UK.

G-RIDG - RV7 took to the air 30-May, great to see another addition to the UK fleet.

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.

Vans hobbs meter turned 9000 the other day, G-RVIC missed the post by 1 looking at the listing. Oh well, close.

Anther RV6 was cleared to fly this last month, G-DCOE, well done and hope to see you soon at one of the RV events this year.

G-RVICFirst flight report, G-RVIC RV6A has first flight 18-March from Perth. Photo's and video on

RV(UK)forum and Classified are down just now, investigations are under way to restore services ASAP.

First of the first flights this year are in, G-MRVP, G-LETS & G-CHRV. Hope to see some photos of them soon and at a fly-in near you. Also this month 3 new starts , 2x7's and a 12. Judging by the activity on the forum there will be more to report next month. Hppy building.

Several of the RV fraternity are being honoured by the Royal Aero Club this year,two are based in Scotland at Perth and members of the Scottish Aero Club. Firstly 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. Myself, Ian Corse, has been awarded a Certificate of Appeciation for support to the RV fraternity over many years. Also on the list is John Brady who gets a Diploma and Mark turner a Certificate of Merit.

Just updated the database for new builds from the last two LAA mags, there are 7 new start RV7's. That must be close to a record, certailnly hasn't been that many in a coupls of months for a few years.


There is also a RV4 imported just gone onto the G-SPRK reg. Correction 2 there is also G-SPRX Look forward to seeing them fly.

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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.

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

UK RV First Flights


RV Hobbs 4-May-15

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UKFlying World Wide
RV3 10 3281
RV4 19 331375
RV6/6A 40 992547
RV7/7A 80 721418
RV8/8A 39 551293
RV9/9A 30 52966
RV10 10 7751
RV12 14 7382
RV14/14A 0 01
Totals 242 3289014


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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