Aero-TV: Introducing The RV-14 - Maturing The 'RV' Equation
Surprise Hit of Oshkosh Represents Van's Continuing Design Evolution
The newest airplane from Van's Aircraft continues and improves on the
legacy of the most successful side-by-side two-seat kit aircraft in
history: Van's RV-6, RV-7, RV-9 and RV-12. But Vans says the RV-14 is
The RV-14 sits tall. The upright seating position and large bubble canopy
provide superb visibility in all directions. The large cabin (as wide as
many four-seat airplanes) is truly roomy. Lots of headroom, lots of
legroom, lots of room between the seats. Big people will like this
The relatively long wing uses the proprietary airfoil that's proved so
successful on the RV-10. The wing is constant-chord and constant thickness,
so it's easy to build and completely predictable in flight. Big slotted
flaps keep landing speeds low.
RV-14 structure is typical of all RVs — and most production aircraft, for
that matter. It is a monocoque aluminum airframe held together with rivets.
This method has been the standard in aircraft construction for almost
seventy years. It is very difficult to beat the combination of light
weight, structural integrity, simplicity and affordability that aluminum
The RV-14 cabin accommodates full-sized adults — in fact, the basic idea
was to provide RV-10 room and comfort in a two-seat airplane. The results
are impressive. Both seats will hold people at least 6'4" tall and provide
them with truly comfortable leg and headroom.
Vans says they expect RV-14 wing kits (which will work for either tailwheel
or nosewheel versions) to become available in the autumn of 2012. These
will include everything necessary for a complete set of wings: fuel tanks,
control surfaces, completely assembled spars, molded wingtips, etc. The
price is yet to be determined, but a preliminary estimate is around
$9000.00. After that, empennage, fuselage, and finishing kits will be
released in due course.
FMI: www.vansaircraft.com, www.vansairforce.net/14/14_flyer.pdf,
www.aero-tv.net, www.youtube.com/aerotvnetwork, http://twitter.com/AeroNews
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IO-360 or the beefier IO-390. Which engine is best? It depends? In this
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recreational (ultralight) aircraft. Recorded with a HD camera featuring a
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complete. I am a slow builder.
Many, many thanks to my good friends that helped me along the way. It has
been an incredible journey.
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high-tech on the inside, not just in the materials used but in the
production processes. CubCrafters' Mitch Travis takes KITPLANES on an
exclusive tour of the company's Yakima, Washington, factory.
This airplane is so much fun! Fast, aerobatic, and econmic to fly. Here's a
little slice of the Glasair life.