27 Years Of The RV-Ator

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27 Years of the RVator contains complete reprints of every technical article, builder assist article, flying techniques article, products evaluations, and safety and maintenance related article ever printed by Van and the staff of Vans Aircraft from the years 1980 through 2006. Each is accurately reproduced (with photos & drawings) and organized in sequence as you build, test, and fly your RV. It is everything written on the tail sections, then the wings, fuselage, finishing, engine installation, panel, props, etc. There is a chapter on all those neat tools, safety & maintenance concerns, engine and prop selection, performance & CG issues, and on basic & sport flying techniques. The RV-ator includes in-depth articles written by Van, and Van's technical staff explaining how and why the aircraft goes together and works as it does. Use it as an approved addendum to the Construction Manual, or if you have yet to begin to build, use it as the best method to "get your head into the game" and learn what it is really all about to build and fly the finest kit airplane ever offered. Nothing is left out. If it was in the RV-ator, it's in here. Easy to use and at your fingertips. No more searching through stacks of torn up newsletters. Get yours today!

The new edition of this book is almost 500 pages long. That's a lot of information. And although we tried hard to place every article in the most logical place, sometimes that choice might not be the most obvious for all. For example, where would we put an article about exhaust system cracking? In the engine/exhaust system chapter where Van describes the correct way to mount it; in the Operations or Safety chapters advising it as a pre-flight or maintenance item; or in an Options chapter where different types of exhaust systems could be evaluated. On CD or e-Book, just type exhaust in the search engine, and every article on the subject will be right in front of your eyes. This is a tremendous convenience which becomes better and better as the book becomes bigger and bigger.
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Safety Index
  • RV Builder Groups
  • Tools & Procedures
    • Tools
    • Hardware
    • Procedures
    • Paint & Primer
  • Tail Construction
    • General Tips
    • Stabilizers
    • Elevator & Rudder
  • Wing Construction
    • Spars
    • Pre-skin
    • Wing Skinning
    • Fuel Tanks
    • Flaps & Ailerons
  • Fuselage Construction
    • Pre-skin
    • Skinning
    • Post-skin
    • Assembly
    • Airframe Controls
  • Finishing Kit
    • Canopy
    • Cowling
    • Fiberglass & Fairings
    • Vents & Heat
    • Wheels & Brakes
    • Interior & Harnesse
  • Engine Selection
    • Aircraft Engines
    • Auto Alternatives
  • Engine Installation
    • Firewall & Mounting
    • Oil System
    • Lines & Hoses
    • Ignition Induction - Air
    • Induction - Fuel
    • Exhaust
    • Engine Controls
  • Propellers
    • Selection
    • Installation & Maintenance
  • Propellers
    • Selection
    • Installation & Maintenance
  • Electrical & Panel
    • Panel Installation
    • Electrical Systems
    • Lighting
    • Instruments
    • Avionics
  • Options
    • General
  • Operations
    • Legal
    • Airframe
    • Power Plant
    • Auto Fuel & Vapor Lock
    • RV-3
    • Accidents
  • Performance
    • General
    • RV Aerodynamics
    • CG Issues
  • Flying
    • Flight Testing
    • Flying Technique
    • Sport Flying


  • Publishers: Aircraft Technical Book Co. & FAA
  • ISBN-13: 0977489663
  • Copyright Date: 2007
  • Pages: 490
  • eBook
  • File Type: standard pdf ebook
  • Print: unlimited
  • Copy/Paste: unlimited
  • Offline Access: yes
  • Search: always
  • Bookmarks: always
  • System Reqs: Windows, Macintosh, iPad, and more

Version Types

Softcover Book - Printed book with heavyweight cover stock.

eBook EB - A protected document designed for reflowable content. Also referred to as an ePub or "Electronic Publication" format. Easily viewed on both small and large screens. Text, images, and pages will adapt or reflow to fit the screen size of the device, so zooming is not necessary to read. Text size can be adjusted in an ebook reader app. Visit AC Technical Books -eBooks for more details on how to setup your device.



Please note, Aircraft Spruce's personnel are not certified aircraft mechanics and can only provide general support and ideas, which should not be relied upon or implemented in lieu of consulting an A&P or other qualified technician. Aircraft Spruce assumes no responsibility or liability for any issue or problem which may arise from any repair, modification or other work done from this knowledge base. Any product eligibility information provided here is based on general application guides and we recommend always referring to your specific aircraft parts manual, the parts manufacturer or consulting with a qualified mechanic.

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After completing the same, we will send the download instructions via email. This will happen on the next business day after completing the order.

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