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Old 11-23-2016, 08:56 AM
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Default My Vote

Van's has such great planes now for 1,2 and 4 passengers. I would argue they are the best planes out there. Only place to go is 6 place. There is no 6 place plane that is "reasonably" priced, goes 200 kt+ and can carry 6 real people and baggage.

My vote is always for a turbine powered 6 person platform.
It would be fun to build.
Scott Schmidt
Salt Lake City, UT

RV-10 N104XP (1380 Hours)
RV-12 N321UT (Sold)

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Old 11-23-2016, 09:45 AM
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I asked Gus about this after a talk he gave a couple of years ago at Oshkosh and he told me that he doubts that they would produce a product in between the 7/9 and 14 but more likely they would incrementally improve the older models with more pre-fab parts and improved instructions. Whether than constitutes a new model or not would be interesting.

Some may say there are no problems at all, but the two main reasons I am currently building a 14A are the improved instructions and the improved nose gear. Had a 9A model been available with both of those features I would be building that instead. So my vote I suppose is a new model with the improved nose gear and better instructions based on the 9A.

Edit: Now that I re-read my posting, the improved canopy install was a factor as well on the 14

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Old 11-23-2016, 11:23 AM
Mark_H Mark_H is offline
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Originally Posted by Palamedes View Post
I personally would like to see a complete refactor of the RV-3. More of a modern "fighter plane" for those of us who will never actually get to pilot one of those heh.

Yeah, what's the paperwork procedure for the wing mounted machine guns it really needs?
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:35 AM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Originally Posted by jwoolard View Post
....An 8 kit like the 14 kit would be interesting....

....You mean a -12 with a high aspect ratio wing? I quite like that....

....How about a taildragger STOL-winged version of the 12 with the balance adjusted to put a small Lycoming up front? That would be a great fun little plane.....
Great idea, the -8 that's built like the double-digit kits. That would be my choice, especially if it had a higher Vne.

There's sort of a long-wing -12 available now, the Sonex Xenos. A buddy has one and it's a decent plane, but unpleasant in turbulence at cruise. Plus the visibilty's not as good as the -12. Sailplane performance roughly like a 1-26.

The main difficulty with a taildragger -12 is that the horizontal is too low on the fuselage for decent ground clearance. I'd have done it if not for that. Now I'm building an RV-3B.

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Old 11-23-2016, 01:10 PM
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Default Hi Wing...

...of course, one to put those "improved" $200+k SuperCubs in their righteous
place... Carbon fibre? Heck no!

Just IMHO,

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Old 11-23-2016, 03:39 PM
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Default Ckout the Sling 4 aircraft

The sling 4 aircraft out of SoAfI ran
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Old 11-23-2016, 04:27 PM
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A reasonably priced Glasair Sportsman
Tom Prokop
Chino, CA
RV-8A,180/CS/Carb, AFS 4500 EFIS/EMS
RV-6, sold, 820 hrs of fun.
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Old 11-23-2016, 04:35 PM
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An RV-12 with fuel tanks in wings.
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Old 11-23-2016, 05:27 PM
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Default tandem seat turbine single

tandem seat turbine single for $50K please!
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:00 PM
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A 3-Seater.

(A slightly-stretched -14 designed for a 3rd seat centered in the back)
Chris Staiger
Baker's Acres, CA
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VS, Rudder & HS Complete 1/29/17; Now, bring on those Elevators...
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