Pages of links aren't really as relevant as webmasters would have you believe.
After all, you have access to Google just as easily as they do. However, putting
a page of links on a website is something of a tradition, and in this day and
age we have so few traditions left that it would be a shame to lose this one too.
However, this is here for more than just tradition - it's a (hopefully) good place
to point someone if they want to learn more about RVs, and it's a good reference
for me when I'm away from my computer and can't remember the URL for
something specific. All this
really consists of is my bookmark file with a bunch of editorial comments.
And now, the list:
- Van's Aircraft - these guys get
their own section on this page because,
well, they manufacture the airplane kit.
- RV FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about RV construction, among
- RV Builders - sites just like this one, except most of them are
farther along. Most of the ones listed here
are RV-7s and RV-7As, because that's what I'm building.
- Sam Buchanan's 399SB - Sam's
rather well known in the RV community for this site, which was one of the first of
its kind. Well, at least I think it was. I haven't been around long enough to
- Dan's RV-7 Project -
this seems to be the definitive RV site as far as how extensive the information
Lots and lots of photographs.
- Scott's RV-7A QB - QB going together
in the Atlanta area. Scott's more or less at the same point that I am.
- Brian Meyette's RV-7A -
Brian's building a QB, so this site is especially helpful.
- Carl Morgan's RV-7A -
Quickbuild kit being built in New Zealand.
- Doug and Linda's RV-7A - this
site is for an airplane that's finished.
- Rick and Lori's RV-7A - good documentation and
lots of pictures. I like this site.
- Dave's RV-7 log - Dave isn't
done yet so his website is similar to this one -- you get to watch it in progress.
- Bobby Hester's RV Site
- one of the first RV sites I stumbled across. I got to meet Bobby
at the Aeroelectric Workshop in Nashville (May 2004).
- W. Tondu's RV-7 - QB Wings, Standard Build
fuse. California RV-7A. This is gonna be a nice plane, lots of goodies in the
- Phil's RV-7 Project
- Dan & Linda's RV-7A Project - note
the nice instrument panel, the design of
which (to an extent) I'm going to attempt to emulate. I think that these guys
have either attended or have the book from an Aeroelectric Seminar.
- Tracy's RV-7A project - good site, and good
documentation of "oops" moments.
- Robert Paisley's
RV-7 - Robert was one of the first people (maybe the first person ever,
I'm not sure) to complete a Eggenfellner Subaru
(RV slang for this is "Egg Soob") engine in an RV-7.
- Jerry Thorne's
RV-9A Project - nicely documented, and it's terrific to see that a side-by-side
can be built in a 1-car garage. I'm using a 2-car garage, but it would be nice
to keep a car in it when we're not actively working on the plane.
- Bowen Aero - tips from building
an RV-8. I know, it's an RV-8, but there are lots of good tips here.
- RV-3 Works - Randy
Lervold's site. I know, I know, it's an RV-3, but this is a useful site
and I don't know too many folks with higher-number RVs that aren't secretly
jealous of what Randy's doing here.
- Mark Phillip's PossomWorks -
RV-6A with a few unique features, including retractable steps and a custom-built
- RV Groups - these are the ones that are close to where I am. If you are not
in North Alabama, this won't be really interesting to you except to hint that there
may be similar groups in your area.
- Tennesee Valley RV Builder's Group - local
group has an impressive record of keeping their focus on building airplanes.
- Team RV - group out of
Atlanta, GA -- known for formation flying in RVs.
- Van's Air Force - more of a website
gathering than a physical group at a real location. This is the best online
RV news and stuff that I've found so far. There's a corresponding Yahoo! group
with the same name.
- Van's Air Force - Home Wing - the
builders group in Northwest Oregon/Southwest Washington area.
- RV Avionics, Airplane Parts, Aftermarket Parts - that's
- Aircraft Spruce - for all things
that have to do with airplane parts. Yup, everything.
- Affordable Panels - a much better
(and slightly more expensive) panel for the RV -- it's modular!
- Aircraft Extras - lots of neat
gadgets, including a carved scale model of your RV that would look nice
sitting on a desk.
- RV Center Consoles - Bryan
Fillman's combination builder site and vendor site - he's now selling the RV
center consoles that he put in his airplane.
- Skybolt Camlocks - cowling latches
- Dynon Avionics - a whole pile
of information in one part. These pretty much just rock.
- Approach Systems - avionics,
ready-built cables, and all-encompassing solutions to wiring that look pretty
- GeoBeck, Inc. - misc. RV parts
and videos for additional construction help. These guys carry (among other things)
a polished aluminum prop spinner that replaces the fiberglass one from Van's.
- Stark Avionics - this seems to
be widely regarded by folks in the online RV community as the best place
to get avionics. Good prices.
- Tropic Aero - avionics reseller
- Gulf Coast Avionics -
- Rocky Mountain Avionics - these guys
make a neat instrument that should replace your Vertical Speed Indicator.
- Aircraft Extras - more RV
mods, including a neat solution to the tip up/slider canopy debate.
- Experimental Air - air
vents, throttle brackets, and instrument panels.
- Attaway Air - upgrades to canopy
latches, wheel pant brackets, stick grips, etc.
- Farings-etc.com - custom fairings
for your RV.
- Chief Aircraft - a rather
odd assortment of stuff - placards and labels for things on an experimental
aircraft to designing the panel for you. I like their panel design, though.
- Aero Strategies Unlimited - aftermarket
RV parts including fiberglass components, lights, etc.
- Lightspeed Aviation - a good ANR
headset is a necessity when flying an RV - they're not quiet airplanes, at least
from the inside. Lightspeed makes ANR headsets that work well, even in a loud
airplane like an RV. I've got a 20-3G and couldn't be happier with it.
- StepUp Aviation - like steps
but not the appearance and/or drag? These guys make retractable RV steps.
- EliteEtc.com - necessary things like
oil filters, oil, etc. Not exciting but very important.
- Airtime Titanium Ti-downs - these guys
make what is apparently the best Ti-downs for RVs. Well, not specifically for
RVs. I suppose they would also work on other airplanes too.
- Engines that will fit in your RV - these are important as without them
the airplane has very little motivation to move.
- Aero Sport Power - Canadian
company that makes Lycoming-like engines. I'm probably going to buy an engine
from these people.
- Mattituck Engines - apparently a good
place to buy overhauled Lycomings.
- Subaru Aircraft -
the debate between Lycoming traditionalists and automobile engine fans
manages to stay pretty feisty in RV circles, everyone
seems to agree that if you're going to use
an auto engine for your aircraft, there is no better
way to do it than to talk to Jean Eggenfellner and eventually give him a bunch
- Don George Aircraft - airplane
engines and parts. Also they do overhauls.
- Learning About RVs - if you want help learning how to build or fly
your airplane project.
- Alexander Technical Center - help
building the tail, wings, or (if you really have money to burn) you can
do the whole thing there.
- EAA Sportair Workshops - a number of
useful workshops, one of which is specific to RVs. Attending their "What's
Involved in Kitbuilding?" class is extremely helpful if you're trying to decide
if you want to build an airplane.
- Aeroelectric Workshops - how to
wire all the electric stuff on your RV safely.
- Kitplanes Books - for those who want to
- RV Transition Training - learn how
to fly it before you climb in it and inadvertantly do something dumb.
- RV-related Yahoo! Groups - not a complete list.
- RV Quickbuild -
smaller unmoderated group that discusses issues related to all the QB kits.
- RV7 and RV7A -
moderated group that discusses issues related to building the RV7 and RV7A.
- TVRVBG - mailing
list for local (North Alabama) RV stuff. This probably will be most useful
if you're in North Alabama.
Aircaft - Yahoo! group
that corresponds to Jean Eggenfellner's Subaru engines.
- Van's Air Force -
moderated group for all things RV. This one is huge.
- RV Propellers - sort of self-explanatory
- Sensenich Propeller - fixed-pitch
aluminum propellers for (among other things) RVs. This is what I am planning
to put on my RV when I get to that point.
- MT Propeller - German company
that makes fiberglass constant-speed propellers. Very expensive, but these
seem to be the choice of many Subaru builders.
- Hartzell Props -
constant-speed metal propellers.
- Misc. Links - they don't fall into the above categories but they
really should be here somewhere.
- RV Yeller Pages -
if this isn't a complete list of all RV vendors, it's at least the most complete
list that exists.
- Aircraft Registration
Inquiry - you'll need a registration number for your RV. Here's where you
can see if what you want is still avaliable.
The FAA's Amateur Built
Aircraft Reference - FAA resources and information about the hoops that
you have to jump through to get an experimental aircraft certified by the FAA.
- Experimental Aircraft Association - if you
are building an airplane, you should be a member here.
- Aircraft Owner's and Pilot's Association - if
you are building an RV, you'll probably eventually fall into both of these
- Ask good
questions! - although this was written more for people who ask questions
about computers, if you're going to visit Yahoo! groups or just talk to people,
for heaven's sake learn how to ask good questions. You'll save everyone
lots of embarassment.
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