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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 01:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By greghughespdx
Van's RV Fuel Tank Construction Tips - Mothership Video

We've published a new YouTube video - Van's RV Fuel Tank Construction Tips (https://youtu.be/gTl827JWz68). It includes information and tips that can't really be covered in the plans but which we can...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-01-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,858
Posted By greghughespdx
Folks, FYI we published a minor revision to the...

Folks,

FYI we published a minor revision to the SB-00023 document today in which we specifically call out the need to support the tail when lifting on the engine (tail stand or padded sawhorse...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,027
Posted By greghughespdx
Sorry, but you'd lose that bet. :) The plans did...

Sorry, but you'd lose that bet. :) The plans did not change when we started final sized holes. At all.

We do plan to rearrange a few things in the RV-10 USB/digital plans to make them a little...
Forum: Reviews 11-30-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By greghughespdx
The openings on all three of the vents that Van's...

The openings on all three of the vents that Van's sells (the ones shown in the video I linked above) are 1 5/8" in diameter.

As of the time of this post, the aluminum models (SV-6 CLEAR and BLACK)...
Forum: Reviews 11-30-2020, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By greghughespdx
Quick and dirty video showing the air vent...

Quick and dirty video showing the air vent "eyeball" valve options available from Van's. Two aluminum, and one plastic. All work great.

https://youtu.be/LgK6vapI5YQ
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-29-2020, 08:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,695
Posted By greghughespdx
^^^ THIS ^^^ And I bought when they were first...

^^^ THIS ^^^



And I bought when they were first published. Worth every penny.

- greg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-26-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,810
Posted By greghughespdx
The RV-12 was designed to meet the trailering max...

The RV-12 was designed to meet the trailering max width requirements in the USA. Note that adding the optional stabilator fairings technically makes it just a tad bit wide relative to that limit.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,089
Posted By greghughespdx
RV-8/8A quick build Service Bulletin issued

Van's has discovered and been made aware of a small number of RV-8/8A quick build fuselage kits that were provided to customers with incorrect fasteners installed. Specifically, in these cases the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,846
Posted By greghughespdx
We will be publishing a service bulletin...

We will be publishing a service bulletin (SB-00031) today at around Noon Pacific time covering the inspection and (when needed) removal of rivets and replacement with AN hardware. Thanks to those who...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,858
Posted By greghughespdx
Around 900 hours on one of the aircraft. I will...

Around 900 hours on one of the aircraft. I will have to see whether or not I can find out how many hours on the other one.

Owner's choice on proactive replacement. It's an easy changeout. I would...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,858
Posted By greghughespdx
SB-00023 published: RV-12/12iS Engine Mount Standoff Inspection/Replacement

Van's has published Service Bulletin SB-00023, which guides affected RV-12/12iS aircraft owners (as listed in the doc) to inspect the engine mount standoff weldment on affected aircraft for cracks....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 579
Posted By greghughespdx
SL-00022: RV-12iS Flaperon Torque Tube Spacer

Van's has published Service Letter SL-00022, which guides affected aircraft owners (as described in the service letter document) to install a special spacer if their flaperon torque tubes are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,013
Posted By greghughespdx
New (but familiar) face at Van's

Kelsey Hickman has recently joined the Van's team, and we thought it might be good to put a face to the name for everyone. She's working on our Marketing/media team (actually, technically the fact...
Forum: RV-14 11-16-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,838
Posted By greghughespdx
Our service information can only accurately...

Our service information can only accurately determine needs for aircraft built and assembled per our plans and designs. When a builder makes a decision to vary, or to install something that is not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-13-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,987
Posted By greghughespdx
One additional note: For matched-hole,...

One additional note: For matched-hole, final-sized parts (on RV-14, -12 and -10 where applicable) our tool tolerances are also tighter. In other words, we monitor and manage our punch tooling for the...
Forum: RV-10 11-10-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,810
Posted By greghughespdx
Sorry, I made a very generic statement in a very...

Sorry, I made a very generic statement in a very specific forum - my bad.

Generally, what I was trying to say is, be sure to weigh your airplane after painting. Tail section paint can add a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-10-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 533
Posted By greghughespdx
SL-00030 Published: Optional Grove wheels and brakes

Van's has published Service Letter SL-00030 (https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/sl-00030/), which covers the optional installation of Grove wheels and brakes on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-10-2020, 06:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,433
Posted By greghughespdx
Projected longer brake life, and braking action...

Projected longer brake life, and braking action that is same to better. As you inferred, it's useful for flight schools from a brake-longevity perspective.

Service Letter forthcoming within the next...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2020, 09:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,433
Posted By greghughespdx
Yes, we've offered it on SLSA aircraft for a bit...

Yes, we've offered it on SLSA aircraft for a bit and it's now available for the RV-12iS ELSA kits as well. We will publish the relevant updated RV-12iS plans/KAI sections probably on Tuesday in the...
Forum: RV-10 11-09-2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,810
Posted By greghughespdx
Negligible change - and no, it does not require...

Negligible change - and no, it does not require one. Note that if a W&B change is required, it will always be included in the SB. We have an engineering standard and formula for determining...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2020, 09:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,419
Posted By greghughespdx
Hi folks, Our business gets quotes for and...

Hi folks,

Our business gets quotes for and chooses from available shipping options just like other businesses do, of course. We shop the shipping rates available (from the common companies that you...
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,838
Posted By greghughespdx
I'll share what's available. The two photos you...

I'll share what's available.

The two photos you see in the SB document are from that incident in the field. The aircraft was involved in an accident in a farm field. It was stalled high during the...
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,838
Posted By greghughespdx
No. As per the SB, this affects the RV-14A.

No. As per the SB, this affects the RV-14A.
Forum: RV-10 11-05-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,810
Posted By greghughespdx
The bulletin actually does show both the new and...

The bulletin actually does show both the new and old design parts. Figure 1 depicts the original bracket part while Fig 3 depicts the new version of the part. There are visual differences...
Forum: RV-14 11-05-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,838
Posted By greghughespdx
It doesn't. Completely unrelated.

It doesn't. Completely unrelated.
Forum: RV-14 11-05-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,838
Posted By greghughespdx
RV-14A SB-00027 published: Nose gear modification and part change

Van's has published RV-14A Service Bulletin SB-00027 (https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/sb-00027/), which describes a change to be made to the exiting nose gear leg...
Forum: RV-10 11-05-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,810
Posted By greghughespdx
SB-00002 for RV-10 published - rudder bottom hinge bracket

Van's has published SB-00002 for the RV-10 (https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/sb-00002/), which describes the method for inspection and - if cracks in the installed part...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-02-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
Yes, a change was made in the latest PAP: The...

Yes, a change was made in the latest PAP: The trim adjustment knob setting on the AV-60000 was changed to "max" due to issues where the trim motor was not driven at the correct speed for some G3X...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-31-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
Failure, meaning vibration-induced failure to...

Failure, meaning vibration-induced failure to properly display accurate information due to vibration transmitted through the airframe to the electronics unit is what we have observed at times. Of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
Yes. There have been multiple examples of...

Yes. There have been multiple examples of damage/issues caused by imbalance of the propeller. These include but are not limited to broken pitot tubes, ADAHRS error or failures, and fatigued of parts.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
It's has been and continues to be balanced in a...

It's has been and continues to be balanced in a manner that is consistent with this service letter - and then some. We make changes to those airplanes all the time, and prop balancing has always been...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
SL-00024 REV 1 Published

We published SL-00024 REV1 this morning, which expands the language and clarifies time of compliance requirements.

What changed:


For aircraft that are within the first 15 hours of flight, or...
Forum: RV-10 10-30-2020, 12:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,602
Posted By greghughespdx
The RV-10 that AOPA just updated for their...

The RV-10 that AOPA just updated for their sweepstakes giveaway was an earlier RV-10 that spent most of its life flying from gravel strips in Canada. After a while the wheel pants and paint may show...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2020, 12:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,200
Posted By greghughespdx
Note that since itís an ELSA kit, the available...

Note that since itís an ELSA kit, the available options are listed on the order forms.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,419
Posted By greghughespdx
We plan to be able to making shipping quotes...

We plan to be able to making shipping quotes available at order time, but it won't be in the initial release due to the complexity - it's on the list for the follow-on phase though.

Walt, I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2020, 06:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 698
Posted By greghughespdx
Van's 2021 Calendars - Now Available to Order

The 2021 Van's wall calendars (https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?browse=gifts&product=calendars-2021-advert2) are now available to order! We've kept the prices the same as last year...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,184
Posted By greghughespdx
For others that may have the same question in the...

For others that may have the same question in the future:

You definitely need to arrange a pick-up time with our Kits department. Don't just show up - it likely won't be ready to go if you do that!...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2020, 10:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,510
Posted By greghughespdx
Depends on which crates(s) and the size of the...

Depends on which crates(s) and the size of the truck bed. :) A PDF with a table of sizes and weights is available here:

https://www.vansaircraft.com/order-a-kit/kit-shipping-information/

We can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,510
Posted By greghughespdx
Without a shred of doubt, the -14 is the fastest...

Without a shred of doubt, the -14 is the fastest to build other than the -12.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-09-2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,987
Posted By greghughespdx
Technically, what you're describing is the need...

Technically, what you're describing is the need to final-drill the already in-place matched holes. There are also a handful of places in the RV-12iS build where you need to match-drill (in that case...
Forum: RV-10 10-09-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,472
Posted By greghughespdx
To be certain, given the specific timeframe...

To be certain, given the specific timeframe you're asking about, check your kit inventory for part U-00024. That is the new axle part number. There are a few other changed parts, but that's the...
Forum: RV-10 10-09-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,472
Posted By greghughespdx
Good catch, and thanks for the heads-up. That was...

Good catch, and thanks for the heads-up. That was a non-printable (well, supposedly hah) layer with some hardware inventory references that should not have been included. Updated!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
Everyone - Anticipate an update from us in the...

Everyone - Anticipate an update from us in the next couple/few days on the prop balancing requirement topic. We will post updates here.

Thx

greg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
Definitely understood. Check your PMs - thanks.

Definitely understood. Check your PMs - thanks.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
You should complete the dynamic prop balance at...

You should complete the dynamic prop balance at your first opportunity. Your DAR should not require the Service Letter be completed to issue the airworthiness certificate. We'll take a second look at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
It's searchable now - you can search for...

It's searchable now - you can search for "VA-00276" on the web store home page. It will come up in the search results and is available for order.
Forum: RV-10 10-07-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,472
Posted By greghughespdx
RV-10 Service Information Updates - dated Oct 6 2020

Updates made related to new nose gear axle parts which are now available and standard in kits shipping for the RV-14 and RV-10 (note that these parts are common between these two aircraft models; the...
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2020, 04:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,271
Posted By greghughespdx
RV-14 Service Information Updates - dated Oct 6 2020

Updates related to RV-14 Horizontal Stab rear spar part, and updated assembly instructions related to horizontal stab rear spar orientation errors that are commonly made during build:


RV-14...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-07-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,406
Posted By greghughespdx
RV-12 and RV-12iS Service Publication Updates dated October 6 2020

Every now and then things need to come in batches!

Weíve published a number of RV-12/12iS service/documentation updates to the Van's web site. They include some revised plans pages, two new service...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,166
Posted By greghughespdx
Mike Seager is currently doing transition...

Mike Seager is currently doing transition training in the 14 and 14A in Oregon.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,240
Posted By greghughespdx
Hi Ron. We're sorry for your friend's frustration...

Hi Ron. We're sorry for your friend's frustration and experience. And we recognize and appreciate that people are being incredibly patient and understanding during complex times. Feel free to have...
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,684
Posted By greghughespdx
Your humility, self-awareness and go-forward plan...

Your humility, self-awareness and go-forward plan are all to be commended, as they show that you've got what it takes. I know I've had a couple of my own moments of "self-realization" where, in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-10-2020, 02:43 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,546
Posted By greghughespdx
I don't see a crack in the photos, but closer...

I don't see a crack in the photos, but closer inspection than a pic is needed. At any rate, you're replacing it so not really relevant.

I'd be curious what research your mechanic did, since the SB...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-09-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,546
Posted By greghughespdx
Yes. It's required per the bulletin to replace...

Yes. It's required per the bulletin to replace both tubes when you order the kit. Every time. I fail to understand what mechanic could do research, given the service bulletin that's been published,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 12,606
Posted By greghughespdx
Hey there, Jessica. We've seen and done some...

Hey there, Jessica. We've seen and done some trial modifications in the past on RVs related to different types of custom control options for pilots who needed something different than standard. In...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 09-02-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,712
Posted By greghughespdx
Start. That's the one thing people repeatedly say...

Start. That's the one thing people repeatedly say they wish they'd done sooner. :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,435
Posted By greghughespdx
No, not the Flying Magazine article. Different...

No, not the Flying Magazine article. Different one. :) And sure, we will be sure to let you know.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-31-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,546
Posted By greghughespdx
We were able to prepare 100 of the kits to be...

We were able to prepare 100 of the kits to be available on the day we released the service bulletin. There are currently 67 in stock that are not already allocated to orders. We will make more as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 659
Posted By greghughespdx
Van's 2021 Calendar Submissions are Open!

IT'S 2021 VAN'S CALENDAR PHOTO SUBMISSION TIME!

Do you have an amazing photo of an RV that you'd like us to consider including in our 2021 Van's Aircraft calendar? Send it, along with the below...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-29-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,435
Posted By greghughespdx
We have a great working relationship with...

We have a great working relationship with Lycoming. And, it was a mutual desire that turned out not to be too difficult to pull off. So, thanks to the team over there for making it happen! And yes,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-28-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,435
Posted By greghughespdx
What Dan said. :D Working with Lycoming on this,...

What Dan said. :D

Working with Lycoming on this, and we will soon update our order forms (plan to have it done by Monday evening) with an option to "add back" the upper accessory pad location. This...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-27-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,546
Posted By greghughespdx
We don't make the exhaust tubes to be attractive....

We don't make the exhaust tubes to be attractive. :) The required geometry did not allow the one-piece design at the time. We have since changed tube bending technology and vendors to provide a bent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,609
Posted By greghughespdx
We have not seen the issue manifest in the RV-4...

We have not seen the issue manifest in the RV-4 or RV-3. Dimensioanlly they are different and tend to be a bit stiffer in that area. If one wishes they could, of course, do a similar installation on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-26-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,546
Posted By greghughespdx
The new system will use the Rotax 912iS muffler,...

The new system will use the Rotax 912iS muffler, with the exhaust exit pipe located in a position appropriate to the legacy RV-12. This muffler’s ball-joint connections (where the pipes attach with...
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