As I’m sure you realize RV aircraft are great little flying machines. Here are a couple of suggestions as you focus your search.
1. Don’t become too attached to a particular RV during your search.
2. Set hard but reachable criteria.
3. Remember these are amateur built aircraft therefore build quality is very important.
3A. See rule #1.
4. It’s extremely important you get qualified assistance during your search to help you identify “quality” from “suspect.” Find someone who’s built an RV that you know built an excellent airplane.
5. Make sure you get a prebuy inspection by someone who is a qualified A&P and has “experience” with RV aircraft. The money you spend here will more than offset any cost you will encounter latter from undisclosed or discovered problems.
6. I cannot over emphasis this point enough, get “type transition training” from an experienced RV instructor pilot. RVs are easy to fly - but they can surprise you if your caught “unaware.”
7. Remember, pretty airplanes are nice but paint can hide a lot of “ills.”
Jim Harris, RV7A, 2nd owner, N523RM
IO-360, Hartzel CS prop, Older Aerotronics built panel Dual GRT Horizon WS, Garmin 340, 335, Dual 430s, Stratux hard wired to WS, Dynon D10A (backup EFIS)
Retired - Living the dream - And going broke!