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Information about dimpled hole cracking reported on some laser cut parts

Update: November 10, 2023 Laser Cut Parts List updated; Service Letter SL-00091 published Van’s Aircraft has published an updated Laser Cut Parts List (R6), which reflects further analysis on parts manufacturing dates and reclassifies certain parts. Part classifications have been developed through an analysis of the airworthiness and service life of these parts. A summary […] 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

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 will help people plan effectively. There will be no additional show specials from Lycoming between now and the end of the year. […] 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

Call for RV Photos for the 2022 Van’s Calendar

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!! We are collecting customer photo submissions for the 2022 Van’s Calendar. Please send in your best RV images to media@vansaircraft.com. Submission Criteria: Images must be in a high-resolution format so they will print clearly. Please don’t over-process, resize or crop tight – we can handle that, and keeping things flexible […] 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

SUN ‘n FUN Show 2021

Some of our staff is at SUN ‘n FUN this week, so please come see us there! As a result, our office phone and email services may be a bit slower than usual this week. If you’re at the show – be sure to stop by our booth in the North East exhibits. Looking for […] Read More

Quick Build Kits: Delivery Times and Primer Remediation Update

We are writing to communicate about delays to the delivery schedule for RV Quick Build kits, which are caused by several combined and unforeseen circumstances. In addition, we wanted to provide another update concerning a recently discovered issue related to primer applied to parts used in some QB assemblies that we received last year, and […] Read More

Van’s Aircraft Performing Review of Quick Build Kits

Updated: March 11, 2020 Van’s Aircraft is investigating the discovery of potential surface corrosion on the interior aluminum surfaces of Quick Build wing and fuselage kits assembled during a specific timeframe. Kits that are in-scope for this review are those that were assembled by our contract company and delivered to Van’s Aircraft between June 2020 […] Read More

Power Outage Closure Information

The Van’s business offices are open as of Monday, February 22nd. We had been closed due to the outcomes of a serious winter ice storm. Power was restored to our factory on Thursday evening. This power outage was the result of a major ice storm that resulted in many downed transmission power lines, feeder lines, […] Read More

Lycoming Engine Price Changes Set to Take Effect November 1st

Lycoming has announced its annual experimental aircraft engine price adjustments, which will take effect on November 1st. That means you have until October 31 to place an order from Van’s at our current prices. The new Van’s selling prices are listed below along with our current prices. We are providing this price change information to […] Read More

Updated: Van’s Approves Use of IO-390 Engines on RV-7 and RV-8 Aircraft

Originally published: May 18, 2020 Updated: August 12, 2020 Since the introduction of the Lycoming IO-390A engine, some of our customers have expressed their desire to install this engine on a RV-7/7A or RV-8/8A airframe.  Van’s Aircraft has recently completed an in-depth review of horsepower limitations for the RV-7/7A and RV-8/8A and is now approving […] Read More

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