Rich Macrafic's RV-7A

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RV-7A N4956T, after a 12-year build, flew for the first time on 10/09/2017 from KRST (Rochester, MN).

Everybody talks about the "RV smile" after that first flight.  For me, that came on the second flight.  The first one was approached with trepidation, caused by the combination of a new plane that had never flown and a pilot (me) that had only six hours of transition training (albeit excellent training) under my belt.  The flight ended with, I'll admit, a few tears; tears of relief, pride, joy and accomplishment.  Ok, it also ended with a bottle of champagne with my co-builder and wife, Cindy. Continue reading "Rich Macrafic's RV-7A"

Van's 10,000 Flying Airplanes

Congratulations to David Porter, who recently reported the first flight of his RV-7 and became the official 10,000th Van's RV aircraft to transition from a collection of parts and take to the skies. We say "official" because there are certainly more than 10,000 flying, but we don't know about all of them. Many builders have taken to the air and, doubtless, the thrilling experience caused them to overlook alerting anyone at Van's. Continue reading "Van's 10,000 Flying Airplanes"

One Week Wonder airplane returns to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2018

The hugely popular One Week Wonder project, where a complete airplane is built over a seven-day period, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2018. The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention will be at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 23-29.

The new RV-12iS showcases its new engine - and many more detailed refinements that make this a capable, comfortable airplane.
The new RV-12iS showcases its new engine - and many more detailed refinements that make this a capable, comfortable airplane.

This time, the airplane will be a Van's RV-12iS, a member of the family of kit aircraft that are the most popular kits in the world. Van's Aircraft will be celebrating the 10,000th RV flying during AirVenture 2018.

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Van's 3D CAD Panel Models Released

Van's Aircraft, Inc announced the release of 3D models of both the panel and sub panel areas for our popular kit aircraft to enable builders to design their panel installations in CAD.

Now that Solid Works is available for every EAA member, and Fusion 360 free of charge for home use, Van's has received several requests from builders for 3D models of the panel and sub panel.

Files are available for the following aircraft RV-7 & 9 (Tip-Up & Slider), RV-8, RV-10 and RV-14, on the downloads page of the Van's Aircraft web site. We have posted files in an IGS format recognized by SolidWorks and Fusion 360 as well as many other CAD programs. Users who wish to have files in another format may use the aforementioned CAD programs or a third party program to convert the files.

RV-10 panel.

Garmin and Dynon/AFS have 3D models of their equipment available for download on their web sites, see the links below.

For many builders the panel layout is a highlight of the project, and these models may make it even more enjoyable.

Robert Anderson's RV-8

After many years of both building and not building (about 50/50) N184GC (One RV-8 for Grandpa Christensen) and I made the maiden flight on April 22, 2015 from Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM. That was prior to paint and empty weight was 1,041 lb. Continue reading "Robert Anderson's RV-8"

BRS Thoughts

I occasionally receive notes requesting information on ballistic recovery systems for E-AB aircraft, and questions on why you don't see more articles in Kitplanes Magazine regarding installing such systems. The truth of the matter is that while BRS chutes are pretty common in ultralight aircraft, they just haven't worked their way into that many E-AB craft... yet. Whole aircraft parachutes have so far saved quite a few lives in mishaps that have occurred in equipped aircraft, making the question of why they aren't more common an interesting one. Continue reading "BRS Thoughts"