Van's Aircraft RV-8

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Role RV-8
Manufacturer Van's Aircraft
Designer Richard VanGrunsven
First flight 1995[1]
Introduction 1995[1]
Number built 1498 (December 2018)[2]
Unit cost
Developed from Van's Aircraft RV-4
RV-8A at the 2007 South West Regional Fly In, Hondo, TX.
RV-8 on wheel skis in December 2011.
RV-8 at AirVenture 2011.
Vans RV-8 takeoff.

The Van’s RV-8 is a tandem two-seat, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt aircraft sold in kit form by Van's Aircraft. The RV-8 is equipped with conventional landing gear, while the RV-8A version features tricycle landing gear. The design is a larger development of the RV-4, and is similar in appearance, although larger, than the earlier model.[3][4][5]


Richard VanGrunsven designed the RV-8 series as an improved RV-4, itself a two-seat version of the single seat RV-3. The RV-8 first flew in 1995 and was first shown publicly at Oshkosh that year.[1]

The RV-8 incorporated changes as a result of lessons learned in producing the popular RV-4 design. The RV-8 airframe will accept larger engines, including the Lycoming IO-360, up to 200 hp. The RV-8 also has increased wingspan and wing area over the RV-4, as well as more cockpit width, headroom, legroom and an increased useful load, all with a view to accommodating larger pilots. Like the RV-3 to RV-7 that preceded it, the RV-8 is stressed for aerobatics.[1][5]

The RV-8 was intended from the start to have a nose-gear stablemate designated the RV-8A. The RV-8A was first flown in 1998[1]

As of November 2017, 1,439 RV-8s and RV-8As were flying.[2]

Specifications (RV-8)[edit]

Data from Van's Aircraft[6][7]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 21 ft 0 in (6.40 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
  • Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
  • Wing area: 116 sq ft (10.8 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,120 lb (508 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,800 lb (816 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 42 U.S. gallons (160 L; 35 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360 four cylinder, horizontally opposed piston aircraft engine with fuel injection, 200 hp (150 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 221 mph (356 km/h; 192 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 210 mph (338 km/h; 182 kn) at 75% power at 8000 feet
  • Stall speed: 58 mph (93 km/h; 50 kn)
  • Range: 940 mi (817 nmi; 1,513 km) at 55% power and 8000 feet
  • Service ceiling: 22,500 ft (6,900 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,900 ft/min (9.7 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 15.5 lb/sq ft (76 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b c d e "Total Performance RV Kit Planes". Van's Aircraft. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  2. ^ a b Vans Aircraft (December 2018). "First Flights". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  3. ^ Downey, Julia (December 2007), "Kitplanes", 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, 24 (12), Primedia, p. 77, ISSN 0891-1851.
  4. ^ Vandermeullen, Richard: 2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Vol. 28, No. 12, December 2011, p. 74. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  5. ^ a b Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011–12, p. 125. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  6. ^ "Van's Aircraft - RV-8 Specifications". Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  7. ^ "Van's Aircraft - RV-8 Performance". Retrieved 2012-08-21.

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