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Old 12-23-2018, 05:42 PM
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Default RV6 gross weight 1600 to 1800

When did the design gross weight of the RV6 change from 1600 lbs to 1800 lbs
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:13 PM
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The -6 is still spec'd at 1600 lbs.

What made you think there was a change?
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:42 PM
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-6a has a gross weight of 1650 lbs.
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:27 PM
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The -6 is still spec'd at 1600 lbs.

What made you think there was a change?
The build for my RV6 was one day -- I wrote a check :-)

Perusing through the official Weight and Balance Documents, it shows the max gross at 1800 lbs
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:35 PM
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The builder can set the GW at anything they want and should test it to that weight. However, it doesn't mean it was designed for that increased GW.
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:42 PM
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Which means that you can fly at 1800 pounds but if you pull a lot of excessive G's or make hard landings, don't be surprised if something gets bent.

Some early builders increased their gross weight to give themselves more useful load especially for ones that came out with high empty weights.

This is one reason why the RV-7 can be considered "more desirable" than a RV-6.
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:36 AM
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Here are the Vans specifications.
https://www.vansaircraft.com/public/rv6specs.htm

1600-6 , 1650-6A
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:41 AM
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Here are the Vans specifications.
https://www.vansaircraft.com/public/rv6specs.htm

1650
1650 is for the "A". The -6 (non A) is listed at 1600.
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Old 12-24-2018, 09:58 AM
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1650 is for the "A". The -6 (non A) is listed at 1600.
Posted AND misread. It is corrected, apologies.
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Old 12-24-2018, 12:04 PM
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When did the design gross weight of the RV6 change from 1600 lbs to 1800 lbs
Simple answer: It didn't.

Longer answer: Builders can choose whatever weight they like when they build the aircraft. Many have. Doing so doesn't change the design limits on the airframe, only the owner's comfort level with operating beyond those limits.
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