400th G-Reg RV
G-RUVE has taken flight and has become the 400th G-Reg RV to fly by my records. G-RUVE is an RV8 built by John Brady and although the 400th 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.
Thanks to a couple of imports we have now passed the 400 mark by 2 but at the time of writing 23/8 these were still in the transfer process.
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.
Vernon Millard (G-VMOZ) organised a Squadron of RV8`s to be in attendance to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Wattisham Airfield, they added a big splash of colour to the event.
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.
Van’s announced that they just sold the 2000th RV10 tail kit. See their FB page for details.
Van’s Aircraft have a new look and renewed website with more improvements to come.
LAA Rally stats: 958 aircraft in total or which 130 were RV’s. 4500 visitors.
Attendance : – RV12 – 6, RV10 – 1, RV9 – 27, RV8 – 23, RV7 – 28, RV6 – 34, RV4 – 9, RV3 – 2.
LAA Rally 31st Aug-2nd Sept, just short of 1000 aircraft in total and a good number of RV’s.
Congratulations to David and Shelia on the awards for their new RV7, G-RVDB, was awarded the Air Squadron Trophy for Best Kit-Built Aircraft, and the Andy Nowicki Trophy for Best RV.