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Richard VanGrunsven

Richard VanGrunsven
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Richard "Van" VanGrunsven learned to fly in 1956 at the age of 16. An engineer and aircraft designer, he founded and developed Van's Aircraft, Inc. into the acknowledged leader in kit aircraft. He often speaks and writes about flying skills and safety. A life in aviation, including thousands of hours piloting both powered aircraft and sailplanes, has given him plenty of time to consider what makes pilots unsafe…or safe. He prefers the latter.

Error Chain

The takeoff might better have been described as a launch. With the new 150-hp Lycoming engine in my 700-pound RV-3, it was off in...

AKIA Industry Insights

Advice to designers and one designer's response.

Unusual Attitude

Vans Aircraft founder Richard VanGrunsven considers flight safety, and how improving our building and piloting skills would do more to reduce the number of mishaps than additional regulations would.

In Case You Missed it

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Tech Tip: Tailwheel Tune-Up

Keeping your plane on the straight and narrow.

All About Avionics: Wire Stripping and Crimping

Wire stripping and crimping might seem like a basic skills, but when done improperly can have nasty consequences. Stein Bruch gives an overview of the proper tools and methods you'll need to keep your avionics humming.

Tech Tip

Forming a Composite Blister.