December 5, 2017 - David Porter, EAA 745227, became the owner of the official 10,000th Van’s RV aircraft to transition from a collection of parts to a flyable airplane when he reported the recent first flight of his RV-7.
David, who is the president of EAA Chapter 1071 in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, spent 3-1/2 years building his RV-7 from the standard kit and it’s equipped with a Lycoming O-360-A1A, a Hartzell blended airfoil prop, GRT/Garmin VFR avionics, and seats by Flightline Interiors. David’s first flight was on November 24.
An experienced CFI, David is a relative newcomer to RVs.
“I had never considered building an airplane until one day in late 2013 when I got a ride in the back seat of an RV-8,” David said. “It was my first time in an RV and I was amazed by the performance. I immediately started running calculations about whether I could afford to build an RV. Before long, I ordered an empennage kit and sold the Piper Warrior I had owned for several years.”
Van’s Aircraft began selling RV-3 plans in 1973, with a new RV taking to the air every 1.6 days for the past 44 years leading up to this milestone.
An incredible achievement! - Vans aircraft have revolutionised the sport and homebuilt aircraft movement. 10,000 is a huge number of aircraft, and there are thousands more under construction.
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Visited Vans today after work. They do tours at 9:30 and 1:30. I got there at 2pm and tagged onto the 1:30 tour (there were four of us in total). Tours normally only take 45 minutes, so I missed most of it. Went out to the hangar and they have 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, 10, 12 and 14 available for demo rides. The 14 was being used today. While the others were getting their rides sorted, they got another Vans employee to give me a one on one tour seeing as I missed most of it. so I spent another couple hours going through everything. Bumped into Mr RV himself and asked him to please finish the RV-5!!!! He laughed (it'll never get finished). Was asked if I wanted a demo ride in the RV-14 but I said I'd rather come back and get a ride in the RV-10 (which was parked in the back of the hangar. I go past every 2 weeks, so I'll pop in again a few times and when the -10 is outside, I'll go for a fly. Great tour. I just need to find a new photo hosting site for my photos that I took. Who is using what for their photo's???
If anyone wants specific photos of anything at the Vans factory, let me know. You have full access to their manufacturing and storage areas during the tour. They make about 500 kits per year, but during busy periods they do 20 per week! The hole matching is so accurate now (0.001") that the new kits (RV-12 and RV-14) are match drilled to final size, not a pilot hole size. Just cleco and rivet. No drilling needed.
Coming from a helicopter manufacturing company, it was interesting to see how these guys did things. We are still very much a hand made bespoke type industry compared to Vans!
Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 15, 2017 7:56:46 GMT 12
Very cool. And the photos worked perfectly.
I personally have not used flickr, I went there to get an account but despite having never been to their site before it accused me of already having an account using my email, which I found so odd as I've only ever used Photobucket as a photo host previously. It would not let me in or sign up, so to hell with them, I'll continue using my own server.