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RV Fly-in at North Weald returns

North Weald RV Fly-in update. The new management at  NW Squadron have added some 'bells and whistles' to the RV Fly-in organised for the weekend of 8th and 9th July. As mentioned before there is no landing fee, overnight camping is available and North Weald has some of the lowest price Avgas in the country. In addition to this, there is a 1940's themed Hangar Dance and Hog Roast arranged for the Saturday night. There is now a sizeable ( and sociable ) resident RV population at North Weald and this, coupled with the relatively easy access for our continental friends should make it the "go to" place for Vanatics on that weekend. The North Weald Marshalling team have prepared a basic 'flyer' for the event which gives more details, this is here.

 

Hope to see lots of you there.

News

 

 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 teh 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.

 

http://www.airrace.pro/index.php/en/ 

 

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 http://youtu.be/p6jmMjMVGzk

 


Fireflies display

 

 

FireFlies : - A new RV4 display team have formed see www.firefliesdisplays.com

 

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


There's a new dedicated FASVIG website which was launched today - 14th April -http://www.fasvig.org 

 

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 19-June-17

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UKFlying World Wide
RV3 9 4296
RV4 17 351404
RV6/6A 40 1002608
RV7/7A 77 891580
RV8/8A 44 631389
RV9/9A 32 541048
RV10 12 10830
RV12 19 9512
RV14/14A 7 032
Totals 257 3649699

UK RV First Flights

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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.

www.flyingwithdiabetes.com

 

 

 

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.

www.capechallenge.com

 

 

 

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!

www.chasingthemorningsun.com

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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