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Van’s Aircraft Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan Filed

Friday, March 29, 2024 On Friday evening, Van’s Aircraft filed its Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization with the Federal Bankruptcy Court. The filing will be complete after the court sets various hearing dates and the judge signs a certificate making it an official court document.  This usually takes 3-5 days.   Then, a copy of the […] Read More

Update for Customers with Open Engine/Powerplant, Propeller and Avionics Kit Orders

When Van’s filed for Chapter 11 protection in early December, many of our customers had open orders and deposits on various Van’s airframe kits and third-party items including engines, propellers, avionics kits, and powerplant kits. Several weeks ago, Van’s sent notice to customers with deposits on aircraft kits stating that these orders contained terms, conditions, […] Read More

Van’s Aircraft Comments on MOSAIC NPRM FAA-2023-1377

The following comments were submitted to the FAA regarding their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on MOSAIC. The letter was prepared by Rian Johnson, Chief Engineer at Van’s Aircraft and Chairman of the ASTM F37 committee, which governs light-sport aircraft standards. January 22, 2024 Docket Operations, M–30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue […] Read More

Van’s Aircraft Business Update – January 20, 2024

As we work through the Chapter 11 planning requirements and execute our daily operations, the staff at Van’s Aircraft have been hard at work. We’ve processed a large volume of kit reorders and continue to handle related emails and phone calls. We’re shipping kits to customers every day, and we’ve started sending replacement parts to […] Read More

Van’s Aircraft Thoughts on EAA’s MOSAIC Comments and Guidance

The comment period for the FAA’s MOSAIC NPRM ends in a few days, on January 22nd. The Experimental Aircraft Association has recently released  guidance for others interested in submitting comments. We encourage you to review the NPRM and comment.  This document summarizes Van’s Aircraft’s thoughts on the EAA’s guide in two areas: noise and stall […] Read More

Van’s Engineering Presentation: Testing Analysis and Results for Laser-Cut Parts

The Van’s Aircraft Engineering team has recorded two presentations related to the acceptability, use, and testing results of laser-cut parts in RV aircraft. The below videos include an 18-minute summary presentation with an introduction by Dick VanGrunsven, as well as a highly-detailed, 2-hour presentation by the Van’s Engineering team. These presentations have been made to […] Read More

Van’s Aircraft Announces Chapter 11 Reorganization

On December 4, 2023, Van’s Aircraft filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a key step in the reorganization of our company. During this period of reorganization, we will continue to source, produce, and provide parts, service, and support to our customers. We will also be crating and shipping kit orders. […] Read More

Information about dimpled hole cracking reported on some laser cut parts

Update: June 17, 2024 Published: Laser Cut Parts Reference Library page Laser Cut Parts List updated to R8 (link) Reclassified some parts from “Replacement Recommended” to “Acceptable for Use” after further engineering review   Update: January 8, 2024 Laser Cut Parts List updated to R7.2 (link) Clarifications of the parts classification Status Key (R7) RV-12iS […] Read More

Business Announcement from Van’s Founder Dick VanGrunsven

Dear Van’s Aircraft Customers, We need to share some difficult information about the status of Van’s Aircraft, and we invite you to watch this brief video from Dick VanGrunsven, founder of Van’s Aircraft and principal designer of the line of RV airplanes. As the result of a number of factors, Van’s currently faces serious cash […] Read More

Lycoming Engine Prices and Configurations Updated

Note: This post and the prices it refers to are now out of date. It was posted originally on June 12, 2023. Lycoming has provided and published new engine prices, which are effective immediately. These prices are being published prior to the AirVenture timeframe and are valid through December 2023, which Lycoming and Van’s hope […] Read More

Sun ‘n Fun and AERO 2023 Show Specials Announced

Van’s is excited to announce air show special pricing to celebrate Sun ‘n Fun and AERO Friedrichshafen 2023! Below you’ll find specials on Lycoming engines, Van’s empennage and tail kits, Quick Build kits, and AeroLEDs lighting equipment! Through April 2, all AeroLEDS products we sell are 10% off! You’ll find those discounts applied on AeroLED […] Read More

Van’s Update: Manufacturing Changes, Price Increases, and More

In this post: Update on manufacturing process changes and planned delivery of kits Update on forthcoming video communications Heads-up on RV kit and Lycoming price increases Collection of QB deposits and our deposit policy Limitations on raw materials and crating materials sales Manufacturing Process Changes and Initial Results With the recent launch of Van’s Aircraft’s […] Read More

QuickBuild Kits: Overseas Freight Increases and Kit Deposits

You may have seen the news recently about the substantially increased costs of overseas container shipping. Van’s Aircraft utilizes container-ship transportation services when moving parts to, and assembled kits from, our contract QuickBuild assembly centers in the Philippines and Brazil. Due to ongoing and significant increases in these costs over the past several months, Van’s […] Read More

Customer Update on Kit Delivery Timelines

Recent manufacturing resource and supply chain constraints have resulted in delays to the production and delivery of many parts delivered in RV aircraft kits. These issues and constraints have hit each of our business partners as well as our company directly. As a result, our ability to deliver kits on originally planned schedules has been […] Read More

Changes to Shipping and Ordering Policies at Van’s

Van’s has made a number of changes to our policies and practices related to the ordering, fulfillment, and shipping of kits, parts and other items sold by Van’s Aircraft.  Fee for Use of Third Party Freight Forwarders International kit shipments for which the customer requests to use their own freight forwarder, rather than one of […] Read More

Changes to Lycoming Engine Order Forms and Configuration Options

Lycoming and Van’s Aircraft have instituted a handful of changes to the ordering configuration options for Lycoming experimental and Thunderbolt engines. These changes are based on historically typical ordering patterns, and are intended to improve efficiency and therefore minimize costs associated with making changes to orders. Orders will not longer be accepted using paper or […] Read More

Van’s Aircraft Plans Reopening of Business to the Public (COVID-19)

On Wednesday, June 30th our company’s policies related to the required use of masks and social distancing at the factory/office will change to remain consistent with changes in the State of Oregon’s COVID-related mandates. This will allow us to permit non-employees in the building without restriction and will remove pandemic-related restrictions and requirements to which […] Read More

Van’s Aircraft Announces Management Changes

AURORA, OREGON – June 18, 2021 – Van’s Aircraft today announced changes to its management and organizational structure designed to enable the company and its employees to advance and meet opportunities created by significant growth in customer demand. Over the past 24 months, orders for Van’s RV aircraft kits have increased nearly 250% as new […] Read More

Van’s Resumes Limited Demo Flights and East Coast Transition Training

Van’s Aircraft is resuming limited scheduling of demonstration flights at its Aurora, Oregon headquarters (KUAO) and at our East Coast representative’s location at New Garden Airport (N57 – Chester County, PA). Please note that we are not currently taking walk-in requests for demo flights – all appointments must be pre-arranged and confirmed and are offered […] Read More

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