Hard to keep up with the rate of build even here in the UK.  A 7 and 8 cleared for flight this month and a 7 and 14 new starts. If we could just sort the virus out as quick so we could go flying somewhere other than local.

Always worth attending, GASCo are running their safety evenings online. It’s a full 1 1/2 hours and always something useful to take away.

The CAA are running a BREXIT webinar. The GA one will be on the 26th of November at 1pm. Links on the main CAA Brexit homepage at: https://info.caa.co.uk/brexit/ when available.

Vans calendars are on sale. Get yours for $5 delivered from Vans 




Another 2 new starts this month, a 7 and 14 and another cleared for flight, RV7 G-CLBG, hope all going to plan with the testing. 

CAA have also issued a statement for the next step in allowing Ab-Initio training in permit aircraft and micro-lights. I think the RV12 would be an excellent candidate for this role and fully expect to see them used in the coming years.

CAA have also initiated a rebate scheme for fitting electronic conspicuity up to 50%, £250 max towards the cost. I know of a few ordered already.

A few of the Van’s crew did a live interview from the factory with SocialFlight Live, where they discussed the Van’s Aircraft factory, technology, business, and a variety of other topics. Check out the replay of the interview session on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQo9M3Gc6TM 



Sadly no LAA rally this year. There are moves to try and organise an RV lunch if we can get a venue, possibly Sherburn-in-Elmet. 



As most events have been cancelled this year we can only look forward to next year and the chance to see the newly completed RV’s that take to the air almost monthly. This month we have another 3. RV6A G-MNRV and RV7 G-OVEY. Well done to both of you and hope the test flights went to plan.

There is also a new start RV7 in the Western Isles which will no doubt bring a few challenges getting inspectors and test flights done when the time comes.


RV6 G-UKRV takes to the air. Well done Jim. 

4 new starts this month, 3 RV8’s and a RV14, all good stuff and hope the builds go to plan.

Lots of events cancelled, notably the LAA rally. However some smaller events are going ahead perhaps on a reduced scale. Just keep safe and hope for better things next year. 


UK’s first RV14 take to the air. See flyer report uks-first-vans-aircraft-rv-14-takes-flight

Only one new start so far this month, an RV7. 


** UPDATE **

G-VANZ RV6A flew for the first time 27th May from Sleap. About time Malcolm!


G-OGZZ RV8 flew for the first time on 24th May. Flies ‘hands off, straight and level. Great day! At last some good news, well done Darren, enjoy.

COVID-19 still dominates our flying, but at least some areas and airfields are opening up.

The first UK RV14, G-ORWS, has been clear to fly by the LAA and it will be great to  a report of the first flight.

Otherwise it’s been a quiet month, although G-CDYZ has emerged with new paint.


New starts of a 8 and 10 this month. No first flights and could be a little while with the Corvid-19 grounding everything. Still waiting on the first UK RV14 but it wont be far off once we get free. I have found out that a 7 took flight last year and so there are now 100 RV7’s flying in the UK.

CORVID-19 :- Hope everyone is taking care and looking after themselves and their families during these strange times. Let’s hope a solution isn’t too far off and we can get back to some sort of normality.

There are many events being cancelled all the time but the LAA still hope that the Rally is safe, let’s hope so. The LAA Scottish tour is cancelled until next year which will also be the 75th LAA birthday.


Dear British RV pilots,
The Vans Club de France has the regret to inform you that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and related confinement measures in France we have no choice but cancel this year’s fly in that was to take place in Biscarrosse (LFBS) on June 5-6-7.
We have already decided that next year’s fly in will take place at the same great location that is Biscarrosse (LFBS) on June 4-5-6, 2021.
Please book these dates in your agenda.
We hope to see many of you there next year, it will be a great gathering of RV fans from around Europe.
Stay safe, and happy landings.
The VCF committee



A UK RV owner has set himself a small challenge. More details on his website https://www.adventures4charity.com/







Update on Giles Abrey, the solo pilot flying his VANs RV8 from Thetford to Cape Town.

Giles arrived safely 10-Dec in Cape Town after his epic journey. Appalling weather has been a major

feature of this adventure.

The picture attached shows Giles at Livingstone international airport amongst friends!

Thought you might like to know and support. Check out the link above.


Ed Hicks and Steve Ayres awarded Best RV with their superb RV-8 at the weekend’s LAA Rally.

 Total number of RV`s present at the rally from 29th-1st was 116, these numbers were taken from the official log from the tower.

RV3 -0, RV4 -9, RV6 -25, RV6A -7, RV7 -24, RV7A -4
RV8 -18, RV8A -1, RV9 -6, RV9A -13, RV10 -4, RV12 -5

Thanks to Nigel of N.W. Marshallers for the numbers and to him and his team for the sterling work over the weekend.



Van’s videos

There are a couple of videos of Van’s I’ve added to the About page.


Past news articles found here

RV Hobbs November 2020

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UK Flying World Wide
RV3 9 4 303
RV4 15 37 1438
RV6/6A 39 108 2685
RV7/7A 93 104 1837
RV8/8A 54 77 1567
RV9/9A 29 58 1156
RV10 15 12 960
RV12 19 18 702
RV14/14A 18 1 133
Totals 291 419 10781