No bird ever flew nonstop from New York to Tokyo, or raced 15 miles high at triple the speed of sound.                                                                                                   
  But birds do something else.
  They do not conquer the air; they romance it.

  Peter Garrison


Jur's RV7 Aircraft Factory
1566 hours and counting...                      

Some decisions in life are bare of any obvious logic.

Wingspan 25′ 0″
Length 20′ 4″
Height 5 ‘ 10″
Wing Area 120 sq ft
Engine IO-360
Gross Weight 1800 lb
Aerobatic Gross Weight 1600 lb
Wing Loading Solo (Gross) 11.7 (15.0) lb/sq. ft.
Power Loading Solo (Gross) 7.0 (9.0) lb/hp
Empty Weight 1114 lb
Propeller 3-Bladed Constant Speed
Fuel Capacity 42 gal
Baggage 100 lb
Horse Power 200 hp
Top Speed [gross weight] 216 mph
Cruise [gross, 75% @ 8000 ft] 206 mph
Cruise [gross, 55% @ 8000 ft] 186 mph
Stall Speed [gross] 58 mph
Takeoff Distance Solo (Gross) 250 ft (500 ft)
Landing Distance Solo (Gross) 350 ft (500 ft)
Rate of Climb Solo (Gross) 2550 fpm (1900 fpm)
Ceiling Solo (Gross) 25,500 ft (22,500 ft)
Range [75% 8000 ft] 785 sm
Range [55% 8000 ft] 870 sm
VSO 58 mph
VS1 64 mph
VFE 100 mph
VNO 193 mph
VNE 230 mph
VA 134 mph


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Some advice on reading my log for fellow builders !

In some articles, I made corrections at later date on the original article to rectify my own stupidities or faults. Read through the entire article if you intend to use my findings/experiences on your own project !

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It’s possible (not likely) that I’m not as smart as I think I am. (Occasionally, I have moments when I know this to be true. Fortunately, the feeling passes quickly.) Although I have tried to make this information as accurate as I can, it is not only possible, but also quite likely, that erroneous and misguided information lurks within these pages. I cannot and do not warrant these pages to be error free and correct. Furthermore, I accept no liability for the use of this (mis)information. And, as many would say, your mileage may vary. If, after reading this, you are intent on proceeding, please be aware that the contents of this site are protected by copyright (copyright © 2011 and 2012). Nonetheless, you may copy this material subject to these two conditions: (1) any information used is for non-commercial purposes, and (2) the source of the material is properly credited. Of course, you may link to any page herein. At some articles, snippets of the plans from Vans are visible. These are for educational and illustrations purposes only and should never be used as plans for part construction or assembly as plans may have changed since the picture was taken and more important they are protected by Copyright by the Vans Aircraft Mothership company.

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