greghughespdx

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This evening, Van's published four service letters for the RV-10 and RV-14/14A, for wing and fuselage kits/aircraft that are assembled with certain laser-cut parts. The engineering solutions described in the service letters provide alternatives to parts replacement, or in some cases provide easier-to-install parts, for use in specific situations. Please refer to the service letters for scope and applicability. These service letters specify intervals for inspection and operation prior to installation of the alternate engineering solutions.

Parts for these engineering solutions are scheduled to be available and to begin shipping in late June.

Note that through the engineering assessment and design process that resulted in the above service letters, several parts were also reclassified as "Acceptable for Use." Please refer to the latest version of the laser cut parts list (VAD-10041 R8) for details.

All of these documents are accessible from the laser cut parts reference library on the Van's website.

The Van's engineering team is currently completing their assessment of the RV-8 fuselage kit and will determine through that process what (if any) parts, hardware, or other changes may be needed for kits that include laser-cut components in the gear towers. We anticipate releasing that information in late June.

 
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Thanks Greg and Van's team! There's a couple part on my fuse kit I was expecting to have to remediate, but now it looks like they are "acceptable for use". Nice!

The wings, though....ughh. Flap hinge bracket replacement requires removing the three inboard wing ribs, and praying you don't elongate the rear spar holes when you remove them.
 
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Thanks Greg and Van's team! There's a couple part on my fuse kit I was expecting to have to remediate, but now it looks like they are "acceptable for use". Nice!

The wings, though....ughh. Flap hinge bracket replacement requires removing the three inboard wing ribs, and praying you don't elongate the rear spar holes when you remove them.

Ideally this helps minimize the praying required!

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Will it be a couple of days before the service letter kits are available in the web store? I checked today and no search results..
 
Will it be a couple of days before the service letter kits are available in the web store? I checked today and no search results..
Yes, they will become available later in June. That was mentioned in the video update - but I should have included that in the original post here, as well.
 
If you have to pull the wings off at 1,000 hours, I predict that in about 10 years there will be a whole bunch of 800 hour TT RV14's for sale
 
Also, SL-00100 calls for CR3214-5-2 rivets if needed in lieu of AN426AD4-5, however neither Van's or Aircraft Spruce recognize that part number. I'm guessing the plans are in error as the replacement for the adjacent part with the same 426 rivet calls for CR3213-4-2. Just trying to get my Aircraft Spruce order together so I'm not delayed more than necessary.
 
Also, SL-00100 calls for CR3214-5-2 rivets if needed in lieu of AN426AD4-5, however neither Van's or Aircraft Spruce recognize that part number. I'm guessing the plans are in error as the replacement for the adjacent part with the same 426 rivet calls for CR3213-4-2. Just trying to get my Aircraft Spruce order together so I'm not delayed more than necessary.

I don’t think that’s an error. The rivet called out in the SL is for an upsized hole (#20). Upsizing ensures the required clean fit for the cherry rivet. The CR3214 is similar to an NAS1097, smaller head for the shank size. This allows the replacement cherry to fit flush(er) in the existing dimples.
I’d wait to order rivets until I heard what was included in the kits!
 
I don’t think that’s an error. The rivet called out in the SL is for an upsized hole (#20). Upsizing ensures the required clean fit for the cherry rivet. The CR3214 is similar to an NAS1097, smaller head for the shank size. This allows the replacement cherry to fit flush(er) in the existing dimples.
I’d wait to order rivets until I heard what was included in the kits!
Thanks, that makes sense. It's just odd that neither Van's or Aircraft Spruce show such a rivet for sale although I finally did find them at SkyGeek.
 
The kit was suggested to be available by the end of June but it still doesn't show up in the store. Anyone started to take their fuselage apart where instructed in anticipation of getting the kit to beef up the rear spar related parts? That's a LOT of pull rivets if your side panels and baggage floors are installed and a lot of rivets in really tight to get to areas so curious how many hours it took you.
 
Yes, they will become available later in June. That was mentioned in the video update - but I should have included that in the original post here, as well.
Greg, as of this morning the store still doesn't recognize SL-00100. Is this kit being produced and going to be available before the end of July?
 
I have been identified as having affected parts in our Wing Kit. Enquiring today about receiving the SL-00092 kit, I was informed that since my kit was not a Quick Build, that I would have to purchase the kit. I am not on a “list” to receive the kit free of charge. I don’t mind paying for the kit- just wondering if I missed something along the way before proceeding further with the Service Letter steps.

Pete
 
I called Vans yesterday afternoon (07-18) from Oshkosh, to order SL-00092 and SL-00100. The recording that answered the call said that most of the folks were on their way to Oshkosh and to email [email protected]. I did so.

This morning I received an automated reply.
Around lunchtime, I received an email from Anne saying that she had forwarded my email to Parts.
it is just short of 3pm and I just received an Emailed receipt from Parts for the both kits.

A tip of the hat to Vans. They are getting ready for the big show and they still got it done.

Thank You!