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. Weel 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 September 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 2684
RV7/7A 92 102 1833
RV8/8A 52 76 1566
RV9/9A 29 58 1154
RV10 15 12 959
RV12 19 18 700
RV14/14A 16 1 133
Totals 286 416 10770