Van's Aircraft RV-14

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RV-14A Prototype
Role Kit aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Van's Aircraft
Designer Richard VanGrunsven
Introduction July 2012
Status Kits in production
Number built 46 (October 2017)[1]
Developed from Van's Aircraft RV-10

The Van's Aircraft RV-14 is an American aerobatic kit aircraft designed by Richard VanGrunsven and produced by Van's Aircraft. It was introduced at AirVenture in July 2012. The aircraft is supplied as a kit for amateur construction.[2][3]

Design and development[edit]

Derived from the four-seat RV-10, RV-14 design work was commenced several years before its 2012 debut. It is an aerobatic two-seater designed to accommodate large pilots and offer greater baggage space, to comply with the US experimental amateur-built aircraft rules. The design goals included improved visibility, a wider cabin, a low landing speed achieved by larger and more effective flaps, good rate-of-climb and glide ratio, landing gear that meets FAR Part 23 certification standards and an airframe designed to accommodate the Lycoming IO-390 powerplant. It features a cantilever low-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[2][3]

The RV-14 is built from aluminum sheet. The prototype was fitted with a 210 hp (157 kW) Lycoming IO-390 four-stroke powerplant. The kit is intended to be easier to assemble than earlier Van's designs through the use of pre-punched and pre-formed fuselage longerons, pre-installed wiring, plug-in avionics, a pre-trimmed and ready-to-install bubble canopy, pre-welded canopy frame, pre-fitted engine baffles as well as matched pre-punched holes. The RV-14 offers several instrument panel choices, including one designed to take modern EFIS systems, like the Dynon SkyView, without any additional cutting, as well as a blank panel that can be customized by the builder.[2][3]

The manufacturer offers aircraft type transition training and has built an RV-14 for this purpose.[3]


Two-seat conventional landing gear variant with tailwheel.[4]
Two-seat tricycle landing gear variant.[4]

Specifications (RV-14)[edit]

RV-14 Instrument Panel

Data from AVweb and KitPlanes[2][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Empty weight: 1,240 lb (562 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,050 lb (930 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 50 U.S. gallons (190 L; 42 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-390 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 210 hp (160 kW)


  • Cruise speed: 203 mph (327 km/h; 176 kn)
  • Stall speed: 53 mph (85 km/h; 46 kn)
  • Range: 938 mi (815 nmi; 1,510 km)


  1. ^ Vans Aircraft (10 October 2017). "First Flights". Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Grady, Mary (24 July 2012). "Van's Introduces RV-14, Up-sized Two-Place". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Bernard, Mary and Suzanne B. Bopp: Van's Aircraft: RV-14, Kitplanes, Volume 29, Number 12, December 2012, page 19-21. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ a b Van's Aircraft. "RV-14/14A General Information". Retrieved 25 March 2016. 

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