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Favorite Paint Schemes - Van's RV Aircraft - Volume 3 - Gainesville Flyin - VansAircraftBuilders.com
Tons of Great Looking Van's RVs at the Annual Antique Airplane Association Flyin in Gainesville, TX.
Ranger Fly In - 2019 - Lots of RV's! - VansAircraftBuilders.com
See all the RV's! One of the Greatest Fly-ins in Texas! A wonderful assortment of aircraft from all ages. A must see!
Synergy Air - Aircraft Builder Assist Center - Experimental Aircraft Channel
Synergy Air - Aircraft Builder Assist Center for Vans Sling Safari a quick tour through their new facility in Newnan GA to see what they offer and how their Builder Assist Program works.
Flyby at Burns School - Ted Chang
Flyby for the Aviation Day at Burns Science and Technology Charter School. Red Flight of four SX-300s. Whiskey Flight of four RVs/Rocket.
Landing struts and blood for the plane gods - Jason Ellis
Most of this video is Jason working on getting the landing gear struts in place and ready to be final installed.
VansToolbox Kit- Learn the basics for building a Vans RV aircraft - Plane Truth
This kit helps you get the feel for what it takes to build a Vans RV kit plane using same tools you would for building any Vans RV aircraft. Kit costs $30.00 plus shipping. Tools are not included. Uses solid rivets.
EAA's One Week Wonder 2019 Chapter Tour - Update 1 - EAA
EAA staffers David Leiting and Serena Kamps picked up the 2018 One Week Wonder in Portland, OR this week from Van's Aircraft and began their EAA chapter tour with Chapters 495 and 1027. Check out their journey so far!
How To Safety Wire Airplane Propeller Bolts - Glenn Brasch
In this video, master IA A.J. shows us the proper way to safety wire propeller bolts.
ADS-B Myths - Q&A for Pilot and Aircraft Owner - Martin Pauly
Myths, questions, and - better yet - answers around ADS-B for pilots and aircraft owners in the United States. Understand which airspace requires ADS-B, and where you can still fly if your aircraft doesn't have ADS-B. Is UAT or 1090 a best choice? And what's happening in other countries regarding ADS-B? Find the answers to these and many more questions in this video.
Robin Hitchen's Newly Painted RV-9A - Brent Connelly
Short trip out to Smoketown, PA to pick up a newly painted Van's RV-9A aircraft built by Robin Hitchen, fellow pilot based at Sky Manor Airport, NJ. Some ground and air-to-air video shots.
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