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RV-7 Service Bulletins

ID
Date Posted
Applies To
Descrip­tion
Details
ID
SB-00080 REV 2
Date Posted
February 15, 2024
Applies To
All RVs using EA-00002 Oil Cooler
Descrip­tion
Inspection of EA-00002 Oil Cooler for Possible Leaks
Advises owners to read the Airflow Systems service documentation, which directs inspection for possible leaks on a list of specific serial-number Airflow Systems 2006 X-Series oil coolers (Van's part number EA-00002). Commonly installed as default equipment on the RV-14/14A but may have been installed on other RV models, as well. Rev 2 of this document adds an image and video link, directing owners to install fittings with two wrenches to avoid damage to the cooler.
ID
SB-00090
Date Posted
November 6, 2023
Applies To
All RVs equipped with SV-AP-PANEL
Descrip­tion
Dynon SV-AP-PANEL Runaway Trim
Directs all owners of aircraft equipped with a Dynon SV-AP-PANEL autopilot control panel to read and review the published Dynon service bulletin document.
ID
SB-00036 REV 3
Date Posted
February 28, 2023
Applies To
RV-3/4/6/7/8/9/10/14
Descrip­tion
Inspect outboard elevator hinge on the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, replace if cracks found
Requires inspection of outboard elevator hinge bracket area on rear spar of horizontal stabilizer for cracks. If cracks are found, repair and replace outboard hinge brackets with new parts.
ID
SB-00066
Date Posted
October 21, 2022
Applies To
All RVs with Andair fuel pumps
Descrip­tion
Prohibited use of ethanol in Andair fuel pumps
Informs owners of Andair Service Alert document, which prohibits the use of ethanol-based fuels in aircraft with Andair fuel pumps.
ID
SB-00006
Date Posted
May 6, 2020
Applies To
All RV models
Descrip­tion
Potential leaking of Kavlico pressure sensors
ID
SB 18-05-21
Date Posted
May 21, 2018
Applies To
All fuel injected Lycoming engine installations
Descrip­tion
Proper installation of gauge plug in fuel spider
ID
MT SB 31
Date Posted
August 29, 2016
Applies To
All MT governors listed by type and serial number on page 3 and 4 which were manufactred from April 2010 until July 2013 installed on direct drive engines modified with electronic ignition or higher compression pistons.
Descrip­tion
Flyweight failures
ID
SB 16-03-28
Date Posted
March 28, 2016
Applies To
All RV-3,4,6,7,8,9,10,14
Descrip­tion
Cracking of wing aft spar web at the inboard aileron hinge bracket attach rivets.
ID
SB 14-12-22
Date Posted
December 22, 2014
Applies To
RV-6A,7A,8A,9A,10
Descrip­tion
Nose Stop Flange Installation (before further flight)
ID
SB 14-02-05
Date Posted
February 5, 2014
Applies To
All RV-3, 4, 6/6A, 7/7A, 8/8A Flying aircraft
Descrip­tion
Cracks in Elevator Spar
ID
SB 14-02-03
Date Posted
February 3, 2014
Applies To
All RV-3, 4, 6/6A, 7/7A, 8/8A Flying aircraft
Descrip­tion
Superseded by SB 14-02-05
ID
SB 14-01-31
Date Posted
January 31, 2014
Applies To
RV-6/6A, RV-7/7A, RV-8/8A
Descrip­tion
Hoizontal Stabilizer Cracks
ID
SB 12-08-14
Date Posted
August 14, 2012
Applies To
RV-7/7A, RV-8/8A and RV-9/9A
Descrip­tion
Inspect for missing wing attach bolts
ID
SB 11-9-13
Date Posted
September 13, 2011
Applies To
All RV Models
Descrip­tion
Fuel Tank Slosh Inspection
ID
SB 07-11-09 FAQ’s
Date Posted
November 9, 2007
Applies To
All two-place, tricycle gear RV models with finish kits shipped prior to Feb 2005
Descrip­tion
Nose Gear Service Bulletin FAQs
ID
SB 07-11-09
Date Posted
November 9, 2007
Applies To
All two-place, tricycle gear RV models with finish kits shipped prior to Feb 2005
Descrip­tion
Nose gear leg and fork upgrade
ID
SB 07-4-12
Date Posted
April 12, 2007
Applies To
All RV models with electric flaps
Descrip­tion
Securing flap motor rod end bearing
ID
SB 07-2-6
Date Posted
February 6, 2007
Applies To
All RV models except RV-3, RV-10, RV-12
Descrip­tion
Affixing the passenger control stick permanently
ID
SB 06-9-20
Date Posted
September 20, 2006
Applies To
All builders and operators of any model of a Van's Aircraft
Descrip­tion
Trim Cable Anchor
ID
SB 06-2-23
Date Posted
February 23, 2006
Applies To
All models except RV-10    
Descrip­tion
Safetying of standard and flop-type fuel pickup tubes
ID
SB 05-1-1
Date Posted
January 1, 2005
Applies To
RV-7/7A  RV-9/9A    
Descrip­tion
Tip-up Canopy Fuselage Kits
ID
SB 04-3-1
Date Posted
March 1, 2004
Applies To
Electric Flap Drive Motor
Descrip­tion
Recall 
ID
SB 04-2-1
Date Posted
February 1, 2004
Applies To
Fuel Tanks
Descrip­tion
Inspect Fuel Tanks
ID
SB 02-12-1
Date Posted
December 1, 2002
Applies To
Firewall Forward Kits and Pre-manufactured hose assemblies purchased prior to December 10, 2002
Descrip­tion
Inspect Hoses
ID
SB 2-6-1
Date Posted
June 1, 2002
Applies To
RV-7/7A 
Descrip­tion
Larger Rudder
ID
SB 96-10-2
Date Posted
October 2, 1996
Applies To
All Tailwheel RV Aircraft shipped prior to Oct 10 1996
Descrip­tion
Full Swivel Tail Mechanism arm replacement
ID
SB 96-10-1
Date Posted
October 1, 1996
Applies To
All RV Aircraft except RV-12 and RV-14
Descrip­tion
Filtered Airbox

RV-7 Notifications and Letters

ID
Date Posted
Applies To
Descrip­tion
Details
ID
SL-00091 REV1
Date Posted
November 11, 2023
Applies To
All RV Models
Descrip­tion
Laser Cut Parts and Certification of Aircraft
Refers reader to the updated Laser-Cut Parts List as well as the Laser-Cut Parts Engineering Evaluation document; and addresses the use and inspection of these parts.
ID
SL-00078 REV 1
Date Posted
May 10, 2023
Applies To
All RV's
Descrip­tion
Vapor Lock
Discusses risks of vapor lock in high operating temperature environments and when using non-aviation fuels, as well as some information related to prevention and recognition of potential signs of vapor lock. Rev 1 updates scope of applicability to all RV aircraft running MOGAS.
ID
SL-00062
Date Posted
September 12, 2022
Applies To
All RV Aircraft
Descrip­tion
Warning Regarding Modifications to Van’s Aircraft Designs Using Van’s Aircraft Parts/Materials and/or Third-Party Parts/Materials
Letter regarding potential risks when making changes to RV aircraft that vary from the original design
ID
SL-00060
Date Posted
September 6, 2022
Applies To
All RV Models
Descrip­tion
Installation and Use of Control Stick Opening Covers
Recommended installation of stick boot covers to prevent potential unsafe operation due to interference with flight controls
ID
SL-00047
Date Posted
August 15, 2022
Applies To
All RV models
Descrip­tion
Brake Caliper O-Ring Improvement
Guidance for replacement of higher temperature O-rings in brake systems used on RV aircraft
ID
SL-00014
Date Posted
August 26, 2020
Applies To
RV-7, RV-8, RV-9
Descrip­tion
RV-7/8/9 Tailcone Stiffener
Describes optional added stiffener in tailcone of RV-7/8/9 tailwheel aircraft, to prevent potential skin deformation.
ID
SL 19-04-30
Date Posted
June 20, 2019
Applies To
RV-6A (with caveats), RV-7A, RV-9A
Descrip­tion
New elastomer nose gear leg and engine mount design option - retrofit information
ID
N 18-03-21
Date Posted
March 21, 2018
Applies To
RV-6A, 7A, 9A
Descrip­tion
Notification: Cracks near the top of the step
ID
SL 16-11-04
Date Posted
November 16, 2016
Applies To
RV-6,7,9,12,14
Descrip­tion
Tip-Up Canopy Operation (Previously published as "N Tip Up Canopies")
ID
N Service Letter 15-11-20
Date Posted
December 23, 2015
Applies To
RV-3,4,6,7,8,14
Descrip­tion
RV- Aerobatic Gross Weight
ID
N 14-12-11
Date Posted
December 11, 2014
Applies To
RV-7,8,14
Descrip­tion
VS-801PP Vertical Stabilizer skins
ID
N 14-10-24
Date Posted
October 24, 2014
Applies To
RV-3,4,6,7,8,9
Descrip­tion
Heat Muff Screen Installation
ID
N 14-07-03
Date Posted
July 3, 2014
Applies To
All Van’s Aircraft RV Models
Descrip­tion
SAIB HQ-14-16 (all-metal lock nuts)
ID
N Fuel Valve Lever II Installation
Date Posted
December 20, 2011
Applies To
RV-3,4,6,7,8,9,10
Descrip­tion
Fuel Valve Lever II installation
ID
N Buying a Flying RV
Date Posted
April 19, 2011
Applies To
Buying a Flying RV
Descrip­tion
A letter to prospective buyers of flying RVs
ID
N Service Letter – Soft Rivets
Date Posted
November 26, 2007
Applies To
All RV kits
Descrip­tion
Soft Rivets
ID
N Master Switch
Date Posted
November 16, 2007
Applies To
Master Switches shipped after 10/2/2007
Descrip­tion
Inspect the back of the switch
ID
N Nosewheel Torque
Date Posted
September 6, 2007
Applies To
All Tricycle gear models 
Descrip­tion
Tricycle gear aircraft nose wheel torque
ID
N Dynafocal II
Date Posted
April 5, 2007
Applies To
All RV's
Descrip­tion
Dynafocal II motor mounts
ID
N Battery Cables
Date Posted
October 18, 2006
Applies To
All #2 battery cables
Descrip­tion
Possible battery cable terminal failure
ID
N 60 amp Alternator Wiring Change
Date Posted
February 13, 2006
Applies To
All users of a 60 amp Alternator
Descrip­tion
60 amp Alternator Wiring Change
ID
N FAB SB 05
Date Posted
October 1, 2005
Applies To
All builders and operators of any model of a Van's Aircraft kit aircraft except RV-12 
Descrip­tion
Filtered Airbox Advisory
ID
N Nosegear Design
Date Posted
March 10, 2005
Applies To
All 2 place Tricycle RV's
Descrip­tion
Nose gear design
ID
N HS710
Date Posted
November 10, 2004
Applies To
RV-7/7A Empennage Builders
Descrip­tion
Check Horizontal Flange of HS-710 Addendum
ID
N Buying a Used RV Kit
Date Posted
August 11, 2004
Applies To
Buying a second-hand RV Kit
Descrip­tion
A letter to prospective buyers of a second-hand RV Kit  
ID
N Gascolator
Date Posted
September 4, 2003
Applies To
GAS-3 Gascolator
Descrip­tion
Recall
ID
N FAB SB 05 [superceded]
Date Posted
May 1, 2003
Applies To
Superceded by service letter October 1 2005
Descrip­tion
Filtered Airbox Advisory
ID
N Anti-Rotation Bracket
Date Posted
June 12, 2000
Applies To
All RV Aircraft Wing Tanks, also see SB 06-2-23
Descrip­tion
Fuel Pick-up Tube Anti-Rotation Bracket

RV-7 Revisions and Changes

Note: The date in a document’s title will not be the same as the date on which the document is posted. Drawing date represents the date the change was proposed/started. Date posted represents the completion/release date. Some revisions take longer than others to complete. Reasons include complexity, discovery of additional items needing revision, dependencies on other changes, validation/testing, parts fabrication, etc.

Document Key:
KAI = Kit Assembly Instructions (Number in title indicates the plans section number)
MM = Maintenance Manual
POH = Pilot Operating Handbook
PAP = Production Acceptance Procedures
FTS = Flight Training Supplement

ID
Date Posted
Applies To
Descrip­tion
Details
ID
Manual Section 15
Date Posted
December 7, 2023
Applies To
All RV Models except RV-12/12iS
Descrip­tion
Section 15: FINAL INSPECTION AND FLIGHT TEST
Section 15 - Revision 9
ID
DWG 28
Date Posted
September 6, 2023
Applies To
RV-7
Descrip­tion
Fuselage Skins and Rivets
Drawings updated to clarify changes related to SL-00014 (August, 2020)
ID
RV-7/7A Manual – Main
Date Posted
September 6, 2023
Applies To
RV-7
Descrip­tion
Construction Manual - RV-7/7A Unique Sections
Text updated to clarify changes related to SL-00014 (August, 2020)
ID
DWG 27
Date Posted
September 6, 2023
Applies To
RV-7 and RV-9
Descrip­tion
Tail Spring Attachment
Drawings updated to clarify changes related to SL-00014 (August, 2020)
ID
DWG 03
Date Posted
May 24, 2023
Applies To
RV-7/7A
Descrip­tion
RV-7: Horizontal Stabilizer
Changes made related to outboard elevator hinge brackets
ID
DWG 05
Date Posted
May 24, 2023
Applies To
RV-7/7A, RV-8/8A
Descrip­tion
RV-7/8: Right Elevator Assembly
Changes made related to outboard elevator hinge brackets
ID
Section 5
Date Posted
February 24, 2023
Applies To
All RV Aircraft
Descrip­tion
GENERAL INFORMATION
Updated with new information
ID
OP-61
Date Posted
November 30, 2022
Applies To
RV-6/7/9
Descrip­tion
RV-6,7,9 TIP-UP CANOPY LATCH WARNING SYSTEM
Instructions for new optional kit OP-61, which provides an electronic canopy latch warning system for RV-6/7/9 tip-up canopies. (Order parts: TIP UP CANOPY LATCH WARNING and/or AV-01957 INSTALL KIT as required for installation)
ID
Filtered Air Box (FAB) Instructions
Date Posted
June 2, 2021
Applies To
320/360/540 engines with vertical induction
Descrip­tion
FAB-320-360-540 Air Box
Changes made to Filtered Air Box kit for vertical induction engines. Includes new kit parts and assembly methods for improved alignment and carb heat air door changes.
ID
Section 14
Date Posted
May 19, 2020
Applies To
RV-7/7A
Descrip­tion
RV-7/7A Weight and Balance - updated to remove limits on aircraft with U-00019 nose gear legs.
ID
OP-60
Date Posted
September 24, 2019
Applies To
RV-7/7A, RV-9/9A, RV-10
Descrip­tion
Steps to install new ADAHRS mounting brackets in RV-7, RV-9, RV-10
ID
OP-56
Date Posted
September 24, 2019
Applies To
All RV Models except RV-12/iS
Descrip­tion
Changed part numbers
ID
OP-55
Date Posted
September 24, 2019
Applies To
All RV Models except RV-12/iS
Descrip­tion
Updated part numbers
ID
46A
Date Posted
June 20, 2019
Applies To
RV-6/6A, RV-7/7A, RV-9/9A
Descrip­tion
Changes Made - New engine mount isolator hardware
ID
OP-58
Date Posted
June 17, 2019
Applies To
RV-6/6A, RV-7/7A, RV-9/9A, RV-14/14A
Descrip­tion
New OP directions and drawings - Optional Lower Cowl Louvers
ID
OP-44
Date Posted
November 5, 2014
Applies To
RV-9|RV-8|RV-7
Descrip­tion
Changes Made
ID
OP-40
Date Posted
November 5, 2014
Applies To
RV-9|RV-8|RV-7
Descrip­tion
Changes Made
ID
OP-54
Date Posted
November 4, 2014
Applies To
RV-9|RV-8|RV-7
Descrip­tion
Changes Made
ID
Section 3
Date Posted
October 2, 2014
Applies To
RV-3|RV-4|RV-6|RV-7|RV-8|RV-9|RV-10|RV-14
Descrip­tion
Changes Made
ID
Page 46
Date Posted
December 11, 2008
Applies To
RV-7|RV-9
Descrip­tion
Changes Made

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