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Salter 05-31-2017 06:45 AM

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Anyone have any ideas?

Mel 05-31-2017 06:52 AM

The RV-11 is a motorglider. Will most likely never see production as a kit.

rvbuilder2002 05-31-2017 05:59 PM

If you are interested in more info, change the setting at the bottom (after you first click on the RV-11 forum) at the bottom to show threads from the beginning (instead of just the past month).

Salter 06-01-2017 08:56 PM

Thanks guys!!!!

smokyray 07-10-2017 11:52 AM

RV5
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Salter (Post 1177477)
Thanks guys!!!!

Chris,
Many years ago (when building RV's required you to drill alot more holes) I flew my RV4 to the annual RV fly-in in North Plains (old factory location, Van's backyard) Van took a couple of us over to his garage/hangar and in the rafters was a small airplane not unlike my Sonerai 2. I asked what is was and Van said "The RV5". It was Van's answer to a low cost, VW powered RV anybody could afford. It too, never went into production as a kit.
My guess is Van's sport-plane marketplace savvy (as Mel so intuitively pointed out), ruled out production for the same reason as the RV11. Not enough demand.

The Xenos motorglider kit however by Sonex is probably the closest thing to the RV11 vision out there...
http://www.sonexaircraft.com/aircraft/xenos.html

V/R
Smokey

On a another cool note, my RV4 turns 20 this week...

Mike S 07-10-2017 12:02 PM

As I recall, the 11 was to use a Rotax engine, and a set of production glider wings......you built the fuse and tail.

Ironflight 07-10-2017 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smokyray (Post 1186752)
Chris,
Many years ago (when building RV's required you to drill alot more holes) I flew my RV4 to the annual RV fly-in in North Plains (old factory location, Van's backyard) Van took a couple of us over to his garage/hangar and in the rafters was a small airplane not unlike my Sonerai 2. I asked what is was and Van said "The RV5". It was Van's answer to a low cost, VW powered RV anybody could afford. It too, never went into production as a kit.
My guess is Van's sport-plane marketplace savvy (as Mel so intuitively pointed out), ruled out production for the same reason as the RV11. Not enough demand.

The Xenos motorglider kit however by Sonex is probably the closest thing to the RV11 vision out there...

Since you brought up the RV-5......

https://newsline.kitplanes.com/2017/...ecret-project/

DaleB 07-10-2017 01:01 PM

Why do I think that trip had more to do with the suspiciously engine-less RV-12 sitting behind it? I'll pretend I didn't see the 3-blade prop hanging on the wall.

smokyray 07-11-2017 07:49 AM

Five is enough...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ironflight (Post 1186771)
Since you brought up the RV-5......

https://newsline.kitplanes.com/2017/...ecret-project/

Awesome Paul, I'll look forward to the article...
V/R
Smokey

PS:I guess DR will have to add another "RV type" to his thread list!

rvbuilder2002 07-13-2017 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smokyray (Post 1186752)
Chris,
Many years ago (when building RV's required you to drill alot more holes) I flew my RV4 to the annual RV fly-in in North Plains (old factory location, Van's backyard) Van took a couple of us over to his garage/hangar and in the rafters was a small airplane not unlike my Sonerai 2. I asked what is was and Van said "The RV5". It was Van's answer to a low cost, VW powered RV anybody could afford. It too, never went into production as a kit.
My guess is Van's sport-plane marketplace savvy (as Mel so intuitively pointed out), ruled out production for the same reason as the RV11. Not enough demand.

The Xenos motorglider kit however by Sonex is probably the closest thing to the RV11 vision out there...
http://www.sonexaircraft.com/aircraft/xenos.html

V/R
Smokey

On a another cool note, my RV4 turns 20 this week...

The RV-5 was never designed to be put into production as a for sale kit.
In fact (from my understanding) the drawings were never much beyond napkin sketches.
It was designed to be a flight test platform for a 1/2 VW engine that an acquaintance of Van was working on. The build of the airplane was taken on as a EAA Chapter project, with Van consulting.
The 1/2 VW proved to be not viable (lower than expected power and rather rough, from what I have heard).
Rather than just discard the airplane it was re-engined with a 447 Rotax. From what I have been told it was an amazing performer in that configuration.... even though it is only 40 HP performance can be impressive with an airplane empty weight of under 350 lbs.
Van's niece and nephew (brother Jerry's son and daughter) put a lot of hours on it building time for their commercial tickets.
It will hopefully fly again if we can find all of the parts needed to refurb the engine (rather scarce now adays).


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