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Van's RV-7

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7th May 2022
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Aircraft Data

The RV-7 is a side by side 2 seat single engine sport aircraft supplied in kit form for home builders. The aircraft is aerobatic but also a good cross-country cruiser with excellent field performance. The RV-7 has a tailwheel, the RV-7A a nose wheel.

Summary data for Van's RV-7 -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United States2001688n/a11


1 x Lycoming O-320 (150 - 160 hp) or Lycoming O-360 (180 - 200 hp) piston engine.

Engine types as recommended by the manufacturers. Home builders may choose to substitute an alternate engine in a similar power range.


Dimensions for Van's RV-7 -
Length20 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span25 ft. 0 in.
Height5 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
Empty Weight1,061 - 1,130 lbs.
Max Weight1,800 lbs.


Performance of Van's RV-7 -
Max Speed200 - 217 mph (depending on engine fitted)
Cruise Speed171 - 186 mph (55% power @ 8000 ft)
Ceiling18,500 - 22,500 ft.
Normal Range755 - 835mi.
Max Range925 - 1,025mi.

Updated 22nd January 2009

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