We would like to draw attention to owners of Vans RV-8 and RV-8A aircraft that Vans recently issued a service bulletin (16-12-16).This requires the checking of the wing centre section structure for the presence of particular bolts that have been found missing on several kits as supplied, and which can easily be missed on build of the aircraft. As written, the service bulletin applies only to quick-build kits, but at least one UK example of a non-quick-build kit has been found with these bolts missing.
All owners of Vans RV-8 aircraft are therefore encouraged to follow the advice in the service bulletin at the earliest opportunity. The service bulletin can be found in the TADS for the type.
22nd December 2016