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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

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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

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Advice to designers and one designer's response.

Unusual Attitude

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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

Repairman Certificate, Aerobatics, LSA Rules

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Question: I have a question about the repairman certificate. Let’s say the FAA issues...

Ask the DAR

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Registering without builders logs, adjustable prop on an LSA, incorrect N-number placement, repairman certificate for a rebuilt RV-6.

A Grid-Free Hangar

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This may well be the most ambitious project I’ve tackled in the last 35...

Letters

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Augmenter TubesI read the article, "Exhaust—Expelling the Remains," in the January 2016 issue. I...