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RV Builder Groups

Sometimes It Takes a Village

One of the more exciting aspects of building an RV is experiencing the vast community of builders and their enthusiasm for helping others. We encourage you to check in and visit with the many people who are already building or flying RVs. Builders often band together to provide mutual assistance in building and flying their aircraft. Many of these groups are highly-organized and some have regular meetings, newsletters, shared tool banks, and fly-in events. Van’s Aircraft has found builders’ groups to be invaluable for both new builders and the community as a whole, and we encourage these groups by serving as a clearinghouse for contact information and to help put people in touch.

Note: Because builders groups often change, vanish, resurrect, or change personnel (people do finish airplanes, after all!), please contact Van’s Aircraft either to add your group or to provide an update to the information on this list. You can email us at [email protected] with your changes.

Builder Groups by State/Region:

Alabama: Tennessee Valley Builder’s Group
Sam Buchanan
Bob Butler

California: EAA Chapter 20/ Flying 12 Club
Oliver Coolidge
Frank O’Neill
Bill Warner
KSQL, San Carlos, CA
620 Airport Way
San Carlos, CA 94070

Canada (British Columbia):Van’s Air Force – Western Canada Wing
Tedd McHenry *
5873 Angus Place
Surrey, BC
V3S 4W6

Canada (Ontario):Van’s Air Force – Ontario Wing
Terry Jantzi
519-748-1817 8 Anvil St.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
N2P 1X6

Colorado:Rocky Mountain RVators
Doug Bloomberg
2777 S Waco Way
Aurora, CO 80013

Denmark: RVators building group and formation team
Hangarvej 16D, 4000 Roskilde, DK
Contact: Victor Byrholt
Phone: +45 22 42 91 81

Florida: Marshall Santi
2802 W. Estrella St.
Tampa, FL 33629

France: Van’s Club of France
President: Sylvain Andrieu
Tel: 06 84 844 845

Georgia:  Atlanta area
Falcon RV Squadron
KFFC Hangar D30
Meets every Tuesday at 11:30 Mellow Mushroom Peachtree City
Contact: Vern Darley / 770 310-7169 / vern ‘at’

Georgia: North Atlanta area
Meets Monthly. Meeting place rotates
Contact: Daniel Schoning / 404-543-5872 / schoning_daniel ‘at’

Kansas:Kansas City RVators
Kevin Vap
9608 W 131st Terr.
Overland Park, KS 66213-3316

Massachusetts: Van’s Air Force – New England Wing
Ken Balch
15 Magnolia Pointe
Ashland, MA 01721

Minnesota: Van’s Air Force – Minnesota Wing(Visit Web Site)
Doug Weiler
347 Krattley Lane
Hudson, WI 54016

New Zealand: James McPhee
Ph/Fax 643-337-6547
Cell 642-176-8098
P O Box 36-248
Christchurch 8003
New Zealand

North/South Carolina:RVators of the Carolinas
Bill Cruthers
PO Box 2212
Mathews, NC 28106

North Carolina:RV Builders Group of the Triad
Larry Bowen
Advance, NC
Meets every 6-8 weeks
Location Varies

Oklahoma:Builders Group
Alan Newby
3109 S 115 E. Ave
Tulsa, OK 74146-1925

Oregon:EAA Chapter 902, Portland area east side
Richard Scott
Meets Monthly
Location Varies

Texas:Van’s Air Force – Southern Region(Visit Web Site)
Doug Reeves
Lewisville, Texas

United Kingdom: RVUK (Visit Web Site)
Ian Corse


Builder Support

An extensive support network exists to help you with building your RV.

Van’s Technical Support

Every RV builder has access to official technical support from Van’s Aircraft. We do not charge an extra fee for this support, it’s included with the cost of your kit.

Telephone Support: 503.678.6545
Van’s Aircraft technical support phone hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30-9:30 AM and 3:00-4:00 PM Pacific Time. When calling, please have your questions thought-out and any applicable plans-page numbers readily available so we can quickly reference what you’re looking at. This will help us support as many people as possible – and keep your phone bill at a minimum!

E-mail Support:[email protected]
Van’s also answers technical support questions via our e-mail address. Please describe the problem and include any drawing reference numbers. Attaching photos of your build can often help us better understand your question, so send them as well. Most questions are usually answered with 24 hours, and often times quicker. More complex questions might require some research, of course. Just make sure to give us a valid return e-mail address!

Builders Groups

We encourage you to check with those who are already building or flying RVs. RV builders often band together to provide each other assistance in building and flying their aircraft. There are a variety of builders groups world-wide. For more information, please see our list of Builders Groups.

Other RV Builders

With more than 8,000 people building and flying RV aircraft, it might surprise you how many might be near your area. Many an RV builder has been surprised to learn of an RV project under construction right in his or her neighborhood!

Upon request, Van’s Aircraft will review our records and attempt to provide you with the names of other RV builders near you. Simply provide us your location, and we’ll see what we can find. We encourage you to check with those in your area. Local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapters are often a great resource and place to find people who have built RVs. Many friendships have developed around the common interest of RV projects!

For those still considering an RV project, contacting a builder near you can be an excellent way to get a hands-on introduction to the building process.

Other Internet Sources

There are a variety of resources on the Internet helpful to the RV builder. Although these are spread somewhat randomly throughout the internet, we have collected links to some prominent sites. View our links.

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CountryState/ProvinceLocationNameContactWebCommentsAustraliaNew South WalesNewcastleRichards, Sam02 4957-4465web siteThe RV-Workshop Learning Centre has been established to provide prospective builders of Vans aircraft a range of metal aircraft building experiences. Though not presenting a comprehensive survey of all required technology, the course covers skill development at a basic level in several areas. Included are: imperial measurement and layout; cutting of aluminium materials; jigging; drilling and preparation of components for assembly; riveting, and pre-finishing.USACaliforniaLaguna Niguel / OcensideLaPlante, Bryan949.637.6414Builder of RV6A, completed 2016, now with over 100 hours; have my repairman cert.  Software engineering background, Electrical Engineering degree.  Prior experience with amateur auto racing where I maintained, repaired, and rebuilt my car.  Are you looking for mentoring, motivation, extra hands, been there done that, or just labor to get 'er done or get unstuck?  Get your tail built in my shop.  I'm available for long term assistance at your shop in the local area, or short term within 400 mile radius.USA ColoradoBroomfieldKidder, Rich303.887.9619www.Carbonairllc.comCarbonair is now offering a full range of build assistance for the RV series of aircraft, from basic sheet metal fabrication, to the latest state of the art avionics installations. Our experience with all facets of aircraft construction can bring your dream airplane to reality within a reasonable time frame. Available to you is a full sheet metal fabrication facility, composite shop with vacuum capability, all the tools and knowledge to assist you with your project.USA ColoradoColorado SpringsRemus, USAFloridaDunnellonJesse

Rapid Builder-Assist Program for the RV-10.  Build one in our shops in 4 weeks.  Finished with high-end Sikkens paint and a completely custom leather interior, we will help you put yourself in one of the best planes available today without investing 3-5 years building, so you can enjoy those years flying.  We can also do your engine and avionics installations, or you can do that yourself.  You don’t need prior building experience, because we will teach you what you need to know to build and maintain your RV-10.


USAFlorida ZephyrhillsLepre,  USAFloridaWimauma Airpark #6509Bill Davis941.780.0559davisaviationllc 'at' Davis Aviation LLC is based out of the Wimauma Airpark hangar# 6509.  We are a fully equipped builder assistance facility specializing in the Vans Aircraft.  We do complete engine overhauls as well as panel upgrades, airframe repairs, and paint jobs.  We have a A&P IA on staff and have over 10 years experience working on Vans Aircraft.   I personally own a RV-6A that I built and own a RV-10 that I’m in the final stages of construction.  We take pride great pride in our workmanship and hope to earn your business!USA IndianaAvonGrover, Troy317-919-6594 USAIowaBooneSchmitz, Mark
Campbell, Keith515-599-0231www.wcaircraft.comWe’re an RV focused builder assistance center located in central Iowa (just down the street from Cleaveland Aircraft Tool).  We’ve recently added to staff including a full time avionics technician and expanded our service offerings.USAMassachusettsPYMBalch, Ken508-231-8021 (h), 617-699-5868 (c)web site Think of it: builder assistance in your own shop!  I completed my RV-8 standard kit in 29 months, learning a tremendous amount in the process.  There's no need to spend the time & money to truck your project to a distant completion center.  Let me assist you, in your own shop, on whichever tasks you'd like to complete in short order. Mounting the wings?  Cutting the canopy?  Plumbing the engine?  Whatever you need done, we'll complete together while you get the benefit of working with someone who's 'been there; done that'.USA MontanaLewistownSimmons, Noel406.366.4638[email protected]i have built more airplanes than most certified aircraft manufacturers throughout history!!  40 Experimental aircraft built.  Builder assistance, Layaway program available, pre-buy inspections, transition trainingUSANorth CarolinaNC25GBI, and Becki Orndorff built their first RV-6A in 20 months.  They enjoyed building and talking with builders so much they started a second RV-6A and videoed the building process, producing the popular series of builder assistance videos.  They have since expanded their product line in response to builder requests for help in completing their kit planes.USAOhioKPKBGray, Rick740.350.5188web siteAs of '09, Oshkosh and Sun 'n Fun Grand Champion Award winning builder Rick Gray now offers his RV/Rocket building experience to those that want 'THEE BEST' RV or Rocket. Give him a call if he can help you 'one on one' with your project. ' Rick's Custom RV's and Rockets'USA Oregon (& Georgia)EugeneVaden [email protected] 
Georgia location KCCO 678-854-6498USA PennsylvaniaOakdaleEmery, USATexasT67Pratt, Jay817.439.1220
817.271.0594 cweb siteUSA WashingtonLake StevensAxsys Air800.260.6054www.axsysair.comAt Axsys Air, we love to teach. We’ve spent several decades and many thousands of hours building, and of course, learning. From that, we’ve developed streamlined processes and efficient techniques that will not only save you precious time and money, but pretty much guarantee that you will build a better airplane in the process. We can assure you that your time with us will be time well spent. And as importantly, in as little as a weekend, we can get you started on the right path to building your very own RV … and give you the confidence to get it done right. Let the fun begin!
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