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Old 05-18-2020, 12:42 PM
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Default Van's Announces Approval of Lycoming IO-390A for RV-7 and RV-8

Van's Aircraft announced today that we have reviewed, approved and are now selling Lycoming IO-390A (210HP) engines for RV-7/7A and RV-8/8A aircraft. Support for installation is limited since we do not have a FWF kit specific to this engine. Many community members have used this engine on their 7's and 8's already.

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Added: This means RV-7/7A and RV-8/8A builders can now order an IO-390A from Van's and take advantage of the OEM discount opportunity as well as the prop/engine-bundle deal. Engines are available only to RV builders with a Van’s customer number (aircraft serial number) and must be installed on the corresponding airplane. Builders must have purchased, or have already on order, all kits through the Finishing Kit for that aircraft serial number, and one engine per aircraft serial number may be purchased. Sometimes people ask if they purchased an engine from another source and want to get a new engine to install on their existing airplane, can they do that? As long as an engine has not been purchased for that airplane, then yes - the offer is still open, and you do not have to be the original builder/owner to take advantage of the OEM pricing program. As long as your airplane has not had a new engine purchase associated with it, it's eligible. Hope that helps answer some questions!
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Old 05-18-2020, 12:55 PM
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Any chance the church will welcome back to the flock those of us who have strayed into the similarly wicked ways of a 360 on the 9?
Greg Niehues - SEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2021 dues paid
N16GN flying 900 hrs and counting; IO360, SDS, WWRV200, Dynon HDX, IFD440, G5
Built an off-plan RV9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
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Old 05-18-2020, 01:06 PM
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Default Evil ways

Originally Posted by airguy View Post
Any chance the church will welcome back to the flock those of us who have strayed into the similarly wicked ways of a 360 on the 9?
Purgatory for YOU!
Bruce Windom
QB RV-8 N148BW
First Flight: Oct '16
AeroSport Power IO-360 180hp w/dual P-Mags
Catto 3-blade, with black carbon spinner.
10" Dynon SkyviewTouch. That's ALL.
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Old 05-18-2020, 02:21 PM
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agree, forget it Greg, you’re doomed!
Life's short... Enjoy!

RV-6.9 #25685, slider, O-360-A3A (carb/dual Lightspeed II), MTV-12-B, HB-YLL owner & lover
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:20 PM
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Default Who's first

Who is going to be the first to put a 390 in an RV 9?
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Old 05-18-2020, 04:11 PM
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Well Greg, if there is no hope for you, then I definitely KNOW where I stand....

Enjoying life, just sipping the heavy stuff.
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Fayettevile, GA

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Old 05-18-2020, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by airguy View Post
Any chance the church will welcome back to the flock those of us who have strayed into the similarly wicked ways of a 360 on the 9?
Scott has numerous posts about the subject of the 360 in the -9(A) airframe.

My short takeaway from all that he has written has to do with the -9(A) airframe was engineered around Standard / Utility category and as such does not have the extra margin that the other acrobatic aircraft have. Going from memory, Utility is 4.4 G and Acrobatic is 6.0 G. In other words, the Acrobatic airframe is ~36% stronger than the Utility category airframe.
Gary A. Sobek
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Building RV-8 S/N: 80012

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To those who love aviation, the sky is home.
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:30 PM
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Tom and I look forward to working with builders who are installing this engine on their aircraft.

In addition to the custom hoses we build, we intend to develop a full set of drop in firewall forward fuel and oil hose packages for the IO390 installations in a variety of different configurations for the RV7/8 as we have done with the IO390 on the RV14(A).

If anyone has this engine ordered and would like to work on hose routings, please send me an email and we can get the conversation started. We already have most of the data required to make this setup work from a hose standpoint. We will make small refinements as engines start being installed and we work through the beta test process.

Happy Building!
Steve Tschurwald- Aircraft Specialty LLC (Your source for Custom Parts for Experimental Aircraft), AS FLIGHTLINES (Joint Venture with TS Flightlines)

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Old 05-19-2020, 12:56 AM
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I guess for some it's never fast enough in their RV! A stock 360 is plenty for most of the Vans range. Remember you get nothing for nothing! I saw an RV8 (proper version) sometime ago for sale (some may remember) dark blue it had a Conty in it O470 if I recall, never could work out why one needed to go that fast with the associated costs?
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Old 05-19-2020, 02:47 AM
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Things I've learned about going fast and the need for all the thrust you can trust:

1. Speed is life.

2. While in the air, if you have time to think about: girlfriend, golf, food, or whiskey, something bad is about to happen.

3. If you are lost, go faster; you won’t be lost as long.
Karl, Goodyear, Arizona (KGYR) ATP, CFII
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