RV AIRCRAFT

RV Aircraft have been manufactured by American kit aircraft manufacturer, Van’s Aircraft since 1973. Van’s RV series of aircraft, range from the single-seat RV-3 to the latest RV-14, and they are all-aluminum, low-wing monoplanes of monocoque construction.

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ABOUT VAN’S AIRCRAFT

In the 1970s, an engineer, Richard (Van) Van Grunsven’s RV-3 aircraft impressed a lot of people and Van’s Aircraft Inc. began in 1973. After twenty years and several expansions, the company moved to a 60,000 square foot facility and produce several hundred complete aircraft kits a year. The RV “model line” has expanded considerably in thirty-one years. (The RV, of course, stands for Richard Van Grunsven)

RV Aircraft are low-wing monoplanes of traditional aluminum construction. They use simple steel rod or leaf fixed landing gear. Aileron and elevators are controlled by a between-the-knees stick. RV structures are “monocoque” or “stressed skin” designs with the skins providing much of the airframe’s strength. The primary bending loads of the wing are carried by the single main spar. All RV wings are relatively low aspect ratio, constant chord designs with no taper or twist. This planform offers light weight construction with favorable stall characteristics. The low wing loading, allows climb and altitude performance which are unusually good for an airplane of such short span. Two-seat RVs use the proven NACA 230 series airfoil. These are turbulent flow airfoils with very low pitching moments. They do not require perfectly smooth surfaces to achieve good performance, so they remain almost unaffected by bugs and rain. The low pitching moment allows cruise trim drag to be kept to a minimum.

Safety is paramount and forward visibility and safety are close relatives with upright rather than supine seating. Operational safety and crash survivability, are primary concerns. To limit the possibility of accidents, RVs have excellent controllability, gentle stall characteristics, superb visibility and low landing speed. This, along with the rugged cockpit structure and sturdy roll bar should permit you to survive, almost any controlled landing.

Comfort is also important. RV’s provide generous legroom, shoulder room and head room. The RV cockpits are quite roomy and accommodate pilots and passengers up to 6’ 4’’ tall. Minor modifications are possible to allow even taller people to fit.

THE BAD NEWS IS TIME FLIES. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU’RE THE PILOT!

The RV-7 Aircraft information, specifications and performance figures:

SPECIFICATIONS

Wingspan: 25 ft 0 in
Length: 20 ft 4 in
Height: 5 ft 10 in
Wing Area: 121 sq ft
Empty Weight: 481.30 – 505.30 kgs
Gross Weight: 816.50 kg
Engine: 150 – 200 hp
Propeller: Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 159 L
Baggage: 45.40 kg

PERFORMANCE

Horse Power: 160 180 mph 200 mph
Top Speed [gross weight]: 201 mph 209 mph 216 mph
Cruise [gross, 75% @ 8000 ft]: 191 mph 199 mph 206 mph
Cruise [gross, 55% @ 8000 ft]: 172 mph 179 mph 186 mph
Stall Speed [gross]: 58 mph 58 mph 58 mph
Takeoff Distance [gross]: 650 ft 575 ft 500 ft
Landing Distance [gross]: 500 ft 500 ft 500 ft
Rate of Climb [gross]: 1400 fpm 1650 fpm 1900 fpm
Ceiling [gross]: 18,500 ft 20,500 ft 22,500 ft
Range [75% 8000 ft]: 835 sm 775 sm 765 sm
Range [55% 8000 ft]: 1025 sm 950 sm 935 sm

The RV-10 Aircraft information, specifications and performance figures:

SPECIFICATIONS

Wingspan: 31 ft 9 in
Length: 24 ft 5 in
Height: 8 ft 8 in
Wing Area: 148 sq ft
Empty Weight: 689.46 kgs
Gross Weight: 1224.69 kg
Engine: 210 – 260 hp
Propeller: Hartzell or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 227.24 L
Baggage: 45.40 kg

PERFORMANCE

Horse Power: (2200 lbs) 210 210 mph 210 mph
Top Speed [gross weight]: 200 mph 204 mph 211 mph
Cruise [gross, 75% @ 8000 ft]: 190 mph 194 mph 201 mph
Cruise [gross, 55% @ 8000 ft]: 170 mph 174 mph 180 mph
Stall Speed [gross]: 57 mph 57 mph 57 mph
Takeoff Distance [gross]: 475 ft 415 ft 360 ft
Landing Distance [gross]: 500 ft 500 ft 525 ft
Rate of Climb [gross]: 1400 fpm 1669 fpm 1950 fpm
Ceiling [gross]: 17,077 ft 20,538 ft 24,000 ft
Range [75% 8000 ft]: 835 sm 775 sm 765 sm
Range [55% 8000 ft]: 1025 sm 950 sm 935 sm

SPECIFICATIONS

Exterior Dimensions
Span 26’ 9”
Length 19’ 11”
Height 8′ 4″
Wing Area 127 sq. ft.
Weights
Empty Weight 740 lbs
Gross Weight 1320 lbs
Loadings
Wing Loading
(gross weight)
10.4 lbs/sq. ft.
Power Loading
(gross weight)
13.2 lbs/hp
Powerplant/Systems 
Engine Rotax 912ULS
Propeller Sensenich Composite ground adjustable
Fuel Capacity 20 US gallons
Other
Cabin Width 43”
Baggage 50 lbs

PERFORMANCE

Engine Rotax 912ULS
Speeds and ranges in statute mph (sm)
Speed – Gross Weight
Top Speed 135 mph
Cruise (7500’ @ 5500 rpm) 131 mph
Cruise (7500’ @ 5000 rpm) 116 mph
Stall Speed 47 mph
Ground Performance – Gross Weight
Takeoff Distance 700 ft.
Landing Distance 525 ft.
Climb/Ceiling – Gross Weight
Rate of Climb 900 fpm
Ceiling 13,800 ft.
Range
Range (7500’ @ 5500 rpm) 555 miles
Range (7500’ @ 5000 rpm) 614 miles

SPECIFICATIONS

Exterior Dimensions
Span 27 ft.
Length 21 ft. 1 in
Height 8 ft. 2 in
Wing Area 126.1 sq.ft.
Weights
Empty Weight 1240 lbs.
Gross Weight 2050 lbs.
Loadings
Wing Loading -Gross 16.25
Power Loading – Gross 9.76
Powerplant/Systems
Engine 210 hp
Propeller [in prototype] Hartzell c/s
Fuel Capacity 50 US gal
Other
Baggage 100 lbs.

PERFORMANCE

Solo Weight 1700 lbs.
Gross Weight 2050lbs.
210 hp
Speeds and ranges in statute mph (sm)
Empty weight and performance measured with Hartzell 2 Blade C/S prop
Speed – Light Weight
Top Speed 205 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft] 195 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft] 172 mph
Stall Speed  56 mph
Speed – Gross Weight
Top Speed 203 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft] 193 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft] 169 mph
Stall Speed  56 mph
Ground Performance – Light Weight
Takeoff Distance 525 ft.
Landing Distance 545 ft.
Ground Performance – Gross Weight
Takeoff Distance 630 ft.
Landing Distance 715 ft.
Climb/Ceiling – Light Weight
Rate of Climb 1800 ft/min
Ceiling 26000 ft.
Climb/Ceiling – Gross Weight
Rate of Climb 1500 ft/min
Ceiling 18000+ ft.
Range – Light Weight
Range [75% @ 8000 ft] 938 sm
Range [55% @ 8000 ft] 1103 sm
Range – Gross Weight
Range [75% @ 8000 ft] 925 sm
Range [55% @ 8000 ft] 1080 sm