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View Poll Results: Now that the RV-12 is out the door, what should the next RV be?
Nothing for now - focus on efficiency, cut costs and prices, survive. 209 30.20%
A factory-built version of the RV-12 36 5.20%
The RV-11 Motorglider 120 17.34%
An amphibian 54 7.80%
An updated single-seater 111 16.04%
A twin, using the new IO-233 or Rotax engines 71 10.26%
A turboprop 36 5.20%
A jet! 55 7.95%
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by fatherson View Post
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Maybe a different direction for your question would appeal to you. What do you think is next? I mean in the big picture, like maybe, the future of general aviation.

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We need inexpensive airplanes that are inexpensive to operate.

Another option is a fast growing economy where our wages go up faster than the cost of living and flying.

The past six years, my income has not kept up with the cost of everything else going up. I have cut back on flying and everything else.

The pilot population is shrinking. Without new pilots, less of everything is needed and that will raise prices.
Gary A. Sobek
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To those who love aviation, the sky is home.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:00 AM
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Default RV-12

Some serious redesign on some items on the RV-12!
Wings that stay on, and fuel tanks in the wings for starts.
The present design, or the new one, can be an option.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:12 AM
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Lots of comments reflecting the cost of AVgas, shrinking personal incomes, etc.

With that in mind, I'm sure many would love to see the RV-3B kit brought up to the equivalent of the current kits. I'm guessing that a lot of RVers would tackle the project if it weren't so labor-intensive.

Builders could use a smaller, cheaper engine with less fuel burn. Fixed-pitch prop. Keep it light, fast, fun and cheap.

In 24 pages, I'm sure that's been mentioned. Sorry if it's a repeat.
Don McNamara
Peoria, AZ

Builder: RV-8 "Smokey"
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:35 AM
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[quote=Ironflight;352237]I don't think that I'd ask Ferrari to build my next pick-up truck, just because they make great sports cars...

Great analogy, although I'm still for the bushplane idea!
Ross Porter
A&P Mechanic, Republic Airways
First Generation Eagles Nest/Aviation Nation RV-12 Builder/Pilot
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:38 AM
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Toward the question earlier, any way to make it easier to foster young people into aviaton. What the Eagle's Nest Project and TeenFlight project's are doing is great, but we need just a bit more. My crewmembers and I are fortunate to have this oppurtunity, but we are one out of a million. If there is any way to boost interest or make it simpler to get started, I'm all for it. And as for the Van's perspective, most of the RV fleet looks very sporty and attractive to lot's of us, and now I'm a RV nut! Sorry for getting off subject, just answering a previous question.
Ross Porter
A&P Mechanic, Republic Airways
First Generation Eagles Nest/Aviation Nation RV-12 Builder/Pilot

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Old 02-15-2012, 12:05 PM
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Longer wings for the RV12 and adjustable prop you have a motor glider. Thus you have no restriction on the aircraft (i.e. light sport) and none on the pilot (i.e. medical). You don't even need a drivers license. Sure there would be more design issues but the basics are there.
RV6A, RV7, RV6 Wing
Living with my 6A at 3L2 near Las Vegas
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:27 PM
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Default Next Vans...

I'd have to go with an updated RV-3...perhaps with a QB option.
Jay Staub
Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:29 PM
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What I'd personnaly like to see Van's do next is a kick *** affortable high wing aircraft with STOL capacity and good cruise speed. Something that would send the Cessna, Glastar and Sportmen 2+2 of this world back to the drawing board!!
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:07 PM
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Default Next project

I would like to see a 300mph airplane.

I'll bet they could do it.

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Old 02-16-2012, 05:28 AM
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Default already a fix made x 3

Originally Posted by Stabird View Post
How many rollovers before a death and lawsuite shuts down Van's? Apply the resource to improve the "A" nose landing gear design.
Three fixes exist:
1) Get a tail dragger RV
2) Alan at aerosplat has a easy mod.
3) Technique, (practice)

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RV6 O-320 F/P, Slider, AP, Steam, etc., sold
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