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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 08-21-2009, 03:40 PM
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Default What should Vans do next?

Now that the RV-12 is out the door, what shoudl the next Vans aircraft be?
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:48 PM
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Check this thread.
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:36 PM
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Good question.. Here's my thoughts.

1) The RV-11 does nothing for me. It's just not exciting.

2) I'm cool with an Amphibian, sounds like fun and I'd love a float plane. Just keep it affordable, because it's just to kick around here locally on the weekend.

3) A twin sounds great too. I'd love a twin RV to tour the country with an extra engine pulling me along. This one got my vote primarily because there aren't many twin kits out there and a new one is way too expensive for most of us.

4) I'm excited about the personal jet thing. I really loved the jet that Sonex had on display at Oshkosh. If you could give me one of those at a reasonable price and with the option to hang a 2nd engine off the back, I'd be all over it today.

Personally I really wanted to vote for the jet, but I just don't see the engine prices making it too feasible at this time. I hope that changes. So it ultimately didn't get my vote. BUT I WANT IT!

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Old 08-21-2009, 06:16 PM
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Default I'm looking for the motorglider!

An affordable motorglider might be just the ticket for Paul and me in a decade or two. Certainly a great complement to our current fleet!
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:25 PM
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I'm surprised that there isn't more support for a high wing bush type plane....seems to me that is the one part of the market that could be justified (that being the Glastar/Sportsman, Moose, Tundra, Bearhawk, etc..).

That's what I'd like to see! There are a lot of "neato" ideas that we'd all like to see, but the reality is it has to make business sense. An amphibian does not, nor does a jet at this point, or even a motorglider - light twins are going for giveaway prices right now so I doubt there is much market there given insurance and maintenance. If any of the aforementioned had a huge market there would be more players in said market. The only market that is successful enough to sustain many multiple (and good quality) suppliers is really what I referred to; but then again that's just my opinion.

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Old 08-21-2009, 06:44 PM
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Default Crossover Kit

A kit consisting of a 7 wing that would mount to the 9 center section along with 7 tail feathers included in the same kit. I for one would consider purchasing such a kit.
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:05 PM
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Gotta go with Stein on this------

Bushplane.

With an M14 on it

Or, a "Rocket"ish design??
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:06 PM
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Bryan that's called RV-7 that's what you're describing there...

What would the benefit of "9 center section" be?
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:09 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SteinAir View Post
I'm surprised that there isn't more support for a high wing bush type plane....seems to me that is the one part of the market that could be justified (that being the Glastar/Sportsman, Moose, Tundra, Bearhawk, etc..).

That's what I'd like to see! There are a lot of "neato" ideas that we'd all like to see, but the reality is it has to make business sense. An amphibian does not, nor does a jet at this point, or even a motorglider - light twins are going for giveaway prices right now so I doubt there is much market there given insurance and maintenance. If any of the aforementioned had a huge market there would be more players in said market. The only market that is successful enough to sustain many multiple (and good quality) suppliers is really what I referred to; but then again that's just my opinion.

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I agree. A more utilitarian 2 + 2 airplane. One that you could actually
get a bicycle or a bunch of camping gear in. Not aerobatic with larger
tires. I know the RV-10 fits this sort of. But something you could build
for the same $$$ as a RV-7/8/9. 180/200 hp and 145/150 KTAS.
Maybe a streched 9 on steriods.
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:19 PM
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Default Aerobatic plane

I like Stein's idea for a bush plane.

I'd also like to see a full blown aerobatic plane. There is really nothing out there affordable in this genre. Not on the level of the MX2 or Extras but something to do everything at a reasonable price.
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