During a recent Experimental Aircraft Association webinar, Van’s officials said that the Oregon company’s first high-wing kit aircraft designed for off-airport operations will have:
- Two seats.
- At least 200 pounds of baggage in a voluminous cargo area.
- At least 900 pounds of useful load.
- A top speed in level flight of 140 knots or more.
- The capacity to carry 60 gallons of fuel in two wing tanks.
Changes incorporated into the production kits include:
- The flap handle will be placed on the floor.
- The wing will be moved slightly aft.
- The fuselage will be slightly longer.
- The landing gear will be taller.
- The engine will move one inch forward and one inch down.
- The slope of the windshield will increase for better aesthetics.
- The wing strut will be tapered to reduce drag.
The company showed video of the RV–15 test aircraft powered by a 210-horsepower Lycoming IO-390 engine and a Hartzell constant-speed propeller taking off with a five-second, 230-foot ground roll while carrying a moderate load in calm winds near sea level. It climbed out at about 2,000 feet per minute at 65 KIAS and a 20-degree nose-up pitch attitude, then landed with a ground roll of about 150 feet.
Van’s wouldn’t say, however, when RV–15 kits will be available or how much they’ll cost.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.