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Tobias 04-25-2019 03:33 AM

RV-Pilots in Europe
RV-Pilots in Europe, please check this website that I put online recently:


Sign up using your email-address. Please make sure you get the confirmation email. Unfortunately some of these emails go to "spam", so make sure you check that folder if you don't receive that email.

We can utilize this Thread for reports about past events and also talk about organizing new ones. There are way more RVs in the US than in Europe, but I think with a little effort we can build a great and active community.

So, to make sure people find this thread using the search-function: Anyone from Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or United Kingdom, just sign up and be part of this.

You can also sign up if you are from a different country. Make sure you enter a radius that is likely to cover some events in Europe, otherwise you might get only few or no emails about events at all as they depend on range entered.

Dan 57 04-25-2019 08:30 AM

Thanks Tobi, great idea :)

Tobias 04-26-2019 12:26 PM

Thank you to everybody who signed up in the last two days! There are about 60 RV-Pilots from all over Europe in the Database now and I hope we can add many more over time.

Also some problems and quirks with both functionality and design of the website came up that weren't recognized before. The biggest ones were solved immediately thanks to my friend Sascha who isn't a RV-Pilot (...yet) but did all the programming and put a lot of time into this project. But currently, only the next five events are shown in the "upcoming events"-section. The other events are stored in the database though and I'm sure this will be an easy fix. Also, there should be a News-Section so I don't have to create dummy-events like this one to inform about updates and other news.

Some more questions came up about how to deal with submitted events. Should they all be published on this site? How are we going to make sure, the events actually attract RV-Pilots?
I think this takes a little effort from the community. Please support me in trying to set up specific events or act as a point of contact for the events you entered. So the key part of this website and associated database is, that we can send out emails to RV-Pilots within the radius around an event, that they specified. For events that were entered several weeks before the actual date, we could send out a more detailed email about 3 weeks prior. There could be a link to Doodle, that we can utilize as a RV-participant list. That way, nobody has to give up his privacy, but others get a good idea about how big the interest and number of potential RV-participants is.
This is an example: Southpole-Fly-in

Looking forward to any feedback and hope to see some of you during the year! If you have ideas on how to make this project better, just let me know! Even better if you have the knowledge to help me implement those ideas.

Selma 04-28-2019 09:21 AM

Thats great
Tobias, thank you. Your idea is what was urgently needed among european RV-pilots. And you are many steps ahead of all. Congratulations.

Did you mention that your next project is already in the pipeline? Is it more likely a ?market place? for parts and spares?

Tobias 04-29-2019 07:49 AM


Originally Posted by Selma (Post 1342808)
Did you mention that your next project is already in the pipeline? Is it more likely a ?market place? for parts and spares?

Pit, thank you. Currently I'm only working on the website and thinking about how to improve the communication within the community. That, travelling and meeting people should keep me quite busy. ;)

I noticed we hardly have any subscribers from certain countries, for example Denmark and Belgium. I think we should try to contact the more active RV-Pilots of each country and ask them to spread the word about My guess is that many builders become way less active on VAF once there plane is finished and communication mainly happens in a smaller circle, using Whatsapp, for example.

So if any of you know RV-Pilots in other countries, ask them to tell their RV-friends about the website!

Tobias 06-20-2019 04:26 AM

RV-Meeting France
Despite bad weather in some parts of Europe, around 30 RV and more than 90 persons enjoyed the nice weather, good food and hospitality in Pont sur Yonne!

Special thanks for being so welcoming and making sure that all information and speeches were also available in English language!

Tobias 07-13-2019 07:52 AM

Came to my airfield recently and saw a RV parked on the ramp. This doesn't happen often here so I talked to the pilot. Turns out he just bought this RV-3 in Germany and was on the way home to Italy.
Due to thunderstorms over the alps, he stayed overnight and we took our planes for a short photoflight.

Great to see the number of RV-pilots increasing in Europe!

Tobias 08-06-2019 01:06 PM

Both Hermann and I are back from an RV-trip through the US. Well, Hermann started and finished in Germany and crossed the Atlantic twice and I "only" flew in from California...

Still our first priority after getting back was go flying together with our RV-7s

I'd like to remind everybody that it is only a little more than a month until our formation event in EDTD (Donaueschingen/Germany) and LIDT (Trento/Italy) starts. We have participants from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France! If you are interested to join us - also if it is just as a visitor or observer - let me know!

lucaperazzolli 09-23-2019 04:03 AM

after a great week I did this thread

Tobias 01-18-2020 12:13 PM

Currently, Florida just offers better weather for flying than Europe... I visited Pat last week in Vero Beach and we took his RV to meet other pilots for breakfast in Okeechobee.

Pat gave me my very first RV ride in this exact plane more than seven years ago.

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