Richard VanGrunsven at AirVenture Monday. That's Ernie Butcher in the background.

Opening day at AirVenture was a day fans of the popular Van’s series of kitbuilt aircraft will remember. In the afternoon airshow, a cavalcade of Van’s aircraft, dating from current designs to the original RV-1 did a fly-by and then taxied in to the main square for a formal ceremony in which the key to the RV-1 was handed over to EAA’s Rod Hightower by Van’s founder Richard “Van” VanGrunsven so that the airplane could be inducted into the EAA Museum. Continue reading "Vanpalooza!"

RV-1 Flies Again

First landing in three years....

After nearly a year of restoration work by countless volunteers, the first "reflight" of the VanGrunsven RV-1, N5827N, occurred on February 19, 2012 from Hicks Airfield (T67) near Fort Worth, Texas. Winds were light, favoring Runway 14. The aircraft had been in a non-flying status for several years before being acquired by the nonprofit Friends of the RV-1, and it will now begin a tour of the United States and Canada that will end at AirVenture 2012. Continue reading "RV-1 Flies Again"

Friends of the RV-1 Group Forms

A new group of Vans Aircraft enthusiasts has formed to restore the original RV-1 airplane of founder Richard VanGrunsven, which is the progenitor of the RV line of kit aircraft. The plan is to restore the recently located airplane and then take it on tour so that others in the aviation community can see it, winding up at EAA AirVenture 2012, where the aircraft will be presented to the EAA Museum. The core group of the “Friends of the RV-1” include R.L. “Hoot” Gibson, R.E. “Ernie” Butcher, Paul Dye and Louise Hose. They believe that with careful attention and effort, the RV-1 can be made airworthy for the 2012 fly-in season. Continue reading "Friends of the RV-1 Group Forms"