What's That English Flag Doing on a Retired U.S. Navy Aviator's RV-6?

Bob Mills' IO-540-equipped "SuperSix" sporting a Union Jack.

Isn't that Bob Mills' SuperSix over there? What's it doing with a British Union Jack on it? The red-blooded, former U.S. Navy Aviator, SWA pilot, and President of Reno Air Racing's Sport Class seems an unlikely candidate to fly the English colors. Was he conscribed into the British Navy during one of his frequent international trips? Did the Brits commandeer his IO-540-equipped RV-6 when he wasn't looking. A little investigative reporting quickly revealed that Bob has generously loaned the plane... to fly at Reno, no less--to a founder of the British Sport Air racing series, James Springer. Continue reading "What's That English Flag Doing on a Retired U.S. Navy Aviator's RV-6?"

RV-6 Aircraft Marks its 30th Anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

RV-6

Iconic version of world’s most popular kit aircraft to gather in Oshkosh

Van's Aircraft RV-6, part of the world’s most popular kit aircraft family, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2016 with a "family gathering" of all RV aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016.

The 64th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, the "World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration," will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Van's Aircraft, created by noted aircraft designer Dick VanGrunsven, began its RV series of kit airplanes in the 1970s, but the RV-6 model introduced in 1986 marked the emergence of the design as the world’s most popular kit aircraft. The configuration included both the RV-6 tailwheel and RV-6A nosewheel versions in standardized kits, with flying performance that appealed to a wide cross section of the aviation community. There are now more than 9,000 Van’s RV aircraft kits completed and flying worldwide, 2,500 of which are RV-6 or RV-6A models. Continue reading "RV-6 Aircraft Marks its 30th Anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016"

Jim Bower's RV-6A

Jim Bower RV-6A

Jim Bower RV-6A

N143DJ first flew on August 10, 2011 after nearly 11 1/2 years of slow building. She has an AeroSport Power O-320, a Catto prop, Dynon D-100 EFIS, and D-120 EMS. I want to thank my tech counselors Gale Derosier, Rick Galati, and the late Bob Jude. I also want to thank my flight advisor Bill Jagust, all the people who helped me over the years, and most importantly my wife Donna for all her support, patience, and riveting. Next project: fairings and paint.

Location: Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

e-mail address: jimbower@hotmail.com

Jim Bower RV-6A

Jim Bower RV-6A

Tony Kirk's RV 6-A

I started building my RV-6A, N57TK, on July 4, 2002 and I flew the first flight on September 5, 2005. The empennage and wings were built by another builder. When I bought the project, the slow-build fuselage was still in the shipping crate.

My day/night VFR RV-6A is equipped with a Dynon EFIS-D10, a Trio Autopilot guided by a Garmin 396 and the engine is monitor with a Grand Rapids EIS-4000. I also have HID landing lights and an APRS transmitter.

I installed a Lycoming O-320-H2AD and Sensenich propeller. With over 700 hours now on the Hobbs I have nothing but good things to say about this engine/prop combo. I've been to Florida, Oklahoma, Oshkosh, and Kitty Hawk from my home in Northwest Ohio with this wonderful aircraft.

I've flown over 100 Young Eagles and about 40-50 "Old Buzzards" in my T-bird RV!

A big thanks to my wife and my EAA chapter 582 friends who lent a hand when needed, and thanks to Van for such a great design.

Without a doubt, like I read so many times while building - "Keep pounding them rivets, it's all worth it!".

Location: Northwest Ohio

e-mail address: tbirdrv@gmail.com

Website: http://www.eaa582.org