About the RV-7

Van's Introduction to the RV7
Van's Spec's
Van's Performance Numbers

The RV-7 is an airplane that is built from a kit. The manufacturer of the kit is Van's Aircraft located in Aurora, OR. It is a two seat airplane that is capable of 200 mph. The airplane kit comes in two forms. A slow build and quick version. I am building the slow build version shown in the picture below. With it's range and speed, I will be able to fly short trips anywhere in the northwest with ease. I am building the taildragger version of this plane.

The RV-7 is rated for +6/-3 G's which means it is capable of aerobatics.

 

Specifications*
Wingspan: 25 ft 0 in
Length: 20 ft 4 in
Height: 5 ft 10 in
Wing Area: 121 sq ft
Empty Weight: 1061 - 1114 lbs
Gross Weight: 1800 lbs
Engine: 150 - 200 hp
Propeller: Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 42 gal
Baggage: 100 lbs

Performance*
Horse Power: 160 180 200
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

 

*All numbers were taken from Van's website and are for informational use only. Please check with the manufacturer for detailed and accurate inforamtion when needed.

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