Aircraft Manufacturer
Van's Aircraft Inc.
Van's Aircraft RV-7 Homebuilt Amphibian Airplane - N67683
Van's Aircraft RV-7 Homebuilt Amphibian Airplane
N67683 (SN 72630)
Photo taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2007
Arlington, WA USA (KAWO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

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Van's Aircraft Inc. Headquarter / Factory at the Aurora State Airport in Oregon USA
Van's Aircraft Inc. Headquarter / Factory at the Aurora State Airport in Oregon USA.
Photo taken July 12, 2007
Aurora Airport, OR USA (KUAO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
2006 Van's Aircraft RV-12 - N912VA
2006 Van's Aircraft RV-12
N912VA (SN 1)
Van's Aircraft Inc RV12 Proof Of Concept Prototype LSA Airplane.
Photo taken July 12, 2007
Aurora, OR USA (KUAO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

Van's Aircraft is an American kit aircraft manufacturer, founded by Richard "Van" VanGrunsven in 1973.

Van's RV series of aircraft, from the single seat RV-3 to the latest RV-12, are all-aluminum, low-wing monoplanes of monocoque construction. The RV series of airplanes has been extremely successful, with 7,497 flying as of December 2011, making the series one of the most numerous of all homebuilt aircraft. They feature responsive controls plus both good speed and fuel economy.

Van's factory is located at Aurora State Airport, Oregon. This airport is the location of an annual fly-in for Van's aircraft owners

Regulatory status

RVs are deemed Experimental - amateur-builts by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States and are accepted under the corresponding category by the aviation authorities in many other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. A modified version of the RV-6 was sold to the Nigerian government as a kit-assembled military trainer.

The RV-12 is an experimental light-sport aircraft.

RV aircraft series

  • RV-1: Single example of a Stits SA-3 Playboy built by VanGrunsven in 1965 and modified with a 125 hp (93 kW) Lycoming engine, larger tail, modified cowling, modified fuselage and a custom wing
  • RV-2: wooden flying wing sailplane prototype that was never completed
  • RV-3: single seat
  • RV-4: two seats, tandem, bubble canopy
  • RV-5: A small metal single seat prototype that was flown with a two-stroke engine
  • RV-6: two seats, side-by-side
  • RV-7: improved RV-6, with longer wingspan and larger rudder
  • RV-8: improved RV-4, with larger cockpit
  • RV-9: two seats, side-by-side; larger wing and more docile handling qualities
  • RV-10: four seats, tricycle gear only
  • RV-11: single seat, motorglider; under development
  • RV-12: two seats, side-by-side Light Sport Aircraft.
Van's Aircraft RV4 / F1 Rocket - C-GLOK
2002 Van's Aircraft RV4 / F1 Rocket
C-GLOK (SN 045)
Photo taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2007
KAWO - Arlington, WA USA
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
N805K Van's Aircraft RV-8
2006 Van's Aircraft RV-8
N805K (SN 81470)
Photo taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2007
Arlington, WA USA (KAWO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Vans Aircraft RV-8A - N888FP
2003 Van's Aircraft RV-8A
N888FP (SN 80816)
Picture taken at Sun 'n Fun April 2007
Lakeland, FL USA (KLAL)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Van's Aircraft RV-10 N220RV
2004 Van's Aircraft RV-10
N220RV (SN 40210)
Van's Aircraft Inc RV10 Demonstration And Research Airplane.
Photo taken July 12, 2007
Aurora, OR USA (KUAO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Van's Aircraft RV-6
1996 Van's Aircraft RV-6
N456MD (SN 20107)
Image taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2007
Arlington, WA USA (KAWO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
1988 Van's Aircraft RV-4 - N106RB
1988 Van's Aircraft RV-4 "Princess"
N106RB (SN 1066)
Picture taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2006
KAWO - Arlington, WA USA
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Van's Aircraft RV-4 / Harmon Rocket II -
1998 Van's Aircraft RV-4
Harmon Rocket II
N760RF (SN 76-31)
Photo taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2006
Arlington, WA USA (KAWO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Van's Aircraft RV-3 N32AP
1983 Van's Aircraft RV-3
N32AP (SN 0270)
Photo taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2006
Arlington, WA USA (KAWO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Van's Aircraft RV-6A N114RT
2001 Van's Aircraft RV-6A
N114RT (SN 60046)
Photo taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2007
KAWO - Arlington, WA USA
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Van's Aircraft RV-9A Homebuilt Airplane - C-FZMM
2005 Van's Aircraft RV-9A
C-FZMM (SN 90827)
Photo taken August 18, 2006
Oliver Airport, BC Canada (CAU3)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Van's Aircraft RV-7A - N472ES
2005 Van's Aircraft RV-7A
N472ES (SN 70472)
Image taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2006
Arlington, WA USA (KAWO)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
Van's Aircraft RV-7 - N627RV
2004 Van's Aircraft RV-7
N627RV (SN 71596)
Photo taken at Arlington Northwest EAA Fly-In July 2007
KAWO - Arlington, WA USA
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler
     
Last updated April 10, 2012
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