400th G-Reg RV

401 G-Reg RV’s, thanks to a couple of imports we have now passed the 400 mark. Unfortunately a couple have been destroyed, and a few exported to other countries so not all are still flying with a G-Reg, but still a landmark number, roll on 500.

Events in August.

16-18 : – Perth Fly-in and meet the LAA details on www.scottishaeroclub.org.uk

24/25 : – Glenforsa RV Fly-in – details http://www.glenforsaairfield.com/glenforsaflyin.html

24/25 : – Once a year opportunity to land at the first operational military airfield in the UK, Montrose details Montrose Flyer19.pdf

30/31/1 : – LAA Rally at Sywell – details http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk/2019/Rally/rally.html


398 G-Reg RV’s thanks to a busy month of July, 4 first flights and another 2 RV14 projects started. Three of the first flights are posted below but in addition there is an additional RV9A’s G-CIYV, I’m sure all are very excited to get their projects in the air and hope to see them at the Rally later in the month.

RV first flights

Peter Gilmour reports than his, and  build partner Colin Acland’s, latest RV8 G-OCXI, has now flown as of 27th July and so we are only 3 away from the 400th UK RV.

Nick Williams-Jones reports that his RV9A G-RVWJ has taken flight from Blackpool, great news Nick.

David Catt’s RV8 G-RVDC has also had its first flight, well done David, enjoy.

Well done to Ed and Steve with the first flight of their RV8 G-MIRV

And also a couple of weeks ago RV12 G-IZRV took flight.

Vans HOBS turns over 10500 flying RV’s.

RV Scottish Tour

What follows is a brief summary of the tour as it unfolded. 18 RV’s, plus 2 want-to-be, turned up at Perth for a week touring. The first day proved to be a wash out due to the weather, however some came early on the Friday and the others caught up on the Sunday. The following week we flew everyday to various locations primarily for lunch and back to base for dinner. On the Sunday afternoon a couple flew over to Bute for a look. Back at Perth we headed to a local inn for diner.

Monday about half the group headed to Campbeltown, the others to Islay. On Islay some visited Bowmore and the distillery. Monday evening was an Indian carry out in the club.

Tuesdays main events were Plockton for lunch followed by Glenforsa mull for dinner, then back to Perth, the beauty of Scotland at this time of year is daylight until 10pm.

Wednesday was pre arranged to go to East Fortune East where the local strut kindly put on a BBQ and transport to see the construction of a 1 1/2 Strutter and then to the Museum with a special visit to Concorde having an ex pilot in our group. For most dinner was into Perth on the bus, although there were a couple of cars on hand.

Thursday most went to Dornoch for lunch, others went into Edinburgh by train. Evening meal, Chinese takeaway at the club.

Friday the early arrivals headed for home, the others split between Dundee and those who didn’t go to Plockton on the Tuesday heading there for lunch, then back to Glenforsa for Coffee, well it’s an RV time machine so why not.

The remainder headed home on the Saturday. All have a great time and although the weather wasn’t perfect we made the most of it and didn’t miss out on much other than possibly heading up to Orkney.

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 August 2019

Type Kits being built in the UK Flying in the UK Flying World Wide
RV3 9 4 302
RV4 16 36 1435
RV6/6A 40 105 2663
RV7/7A 93 97 1777
RV8/8A 46 74 1532
RV9/9A 28 58 1128
RV10 12 11 932
RV12 18 16 659
RV14/14A 16 0 108
Totals 278 401 10536