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Old 03-18-2018, 12:56 AM
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Default Will 7 face the fate of RV3,4,6 ?

is there anyone else still building an RV7 that is worried that the RV14 will cause Vans to discontinue the somewhat similar albeit cheaper, RV7?

I read the notice for the models 3,4 and 6 significant order times and prices and was wondering if the same will happen to 7.
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Old 03-18-2018, 04:22 AM
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Default I hope not!

I just finished the empennage of my-7 so I really hope not!

I would think that as long as there are no replacements for the -8 /-9 they won't discontinue since they share a lot of common parts.

But what do I know..
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Old 03-18-2018, 05:37 AM
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I wouldn't fret or cause concern where there isn't any. The 7 happens to be the most popular kit.

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Old 03-18-2018, 06:00 AM
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I wouldn't fret or cause concern where there isn't any. The 7 happens to be the most popular kit.

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Thanks Vic for clearing that up for all of us Out of curiosity is it still the most popular kit by purchased tail feathers in 2017?
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:29 AM
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Unhappy The demise of the “SIX” withthe 7 arrival.

I thought the same thing when Van’s discontinued the 6 and introduced the 7 in 2001. I had just finished the tail and started the wings. I was sick. . Vans assured me they would be there to support me and anyone else that invested in a 6 serial number but you know how that usually turns out.
The experimental aircraft business is littered with broken promises. 17 years later and just finishing my project, Vans has been there for me with a good answer to every question, a replacement for every part I screwed up, and generally looking over my shoulder to assure a successful completion. If every company in the USA followed Vans business model we would be in a much better place.
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:38 AM
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I doubt it, other than ageing airframes. The 6 and 7 are functional and cost equals. No surprise then that the fabrication technology, range, and almost-don't-notice slightly larger cabin of the 7 would prevail over the 6. The 14 doesn't replace the 7, being more expensive to build and operate, no slider, weaker structure; it's a fat cruiser, not sporty, and in my less-than-humble opinion it's greater cabin volume isn't as useful as it appears. The 14's kit improvements cease after the build, having no effect on the operational characteristics.

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Old 03-18-2018, 11:39 AM
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I wouldn't fret or cause concern where there isn't any. The 7 happens to be the most popular kit.

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There are still significantly more RV6's flying than any other model, so I'm not sure what the definition of "most popular" is. Perhaps there are more sold and still under construction.

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Old 03-18-2018, 12:09 PM
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It would be interesting to see those same hull numbers divided by how many years the respective kits have been on the market.
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I'll start worrying when they take the empennage off the market. The RV-6 had the empennage removed from future sales for quite some time it seemed.
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:11 PM
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Don't forget the -7, -8, and -9 share a lot of common parts. If Van's were to kill one off, then they still have to produce the parts to support the other two.

The price point of the -14 is significantly higher than the smaller siblings and I may be wrong, but I suspect if Van's drops the less expensive models and sells fewer of the higher cost -14's, then they may not be profitable. It is always a question in marketing; fewer high price items or more low price items?
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