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Vans RV-14

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:14 pm
by AirportDude
Went to a local fly-in today in Georgia, Wrens Memorial Airport (65J). Saw my first RV-14!

Beautiful aircraft, could have rolled off the assembly line just like a Cirrus or Cessna 350. All glass cockpit, LED everything, metal fleck paintjob, the works!!

Vans RV-14
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Re: Vans RV-14

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:48 am
by bruceh
They are really nice and quite the update from the RV-7/RV-9. (I built and fly an RV-9A). If I were to build another Van's, I'd seriously consider the RV-14. Just a skosh more room, but the lower fuselage longerons make getting in and out, plus visibility much better. The tip-up canopy also has hidden struts which make ingress/egress easier. It's not a whole lot wider, but a few inches makes a huge difference. I got to sit in the RV-14 several times (factory tour, Copperstate, Oshkosh). Also a bit more baggage room in the back. Lots of other improvements that make building one easier than a -7 or -9, including the full panel, pre-built harnesses, etc. This is the place in the build where you can easily get lost trying to figure out what to put in the airplane for engine/prop/avionics. I'd really like to fly one and see how the performance and economy stack up against my -9A.