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Van’s Aircraft Performing Review of Quick Build Kits

Van’s Aircraft is investigating a few reports of potential surface corrosion appearing on the interior aluminum surfaces of specific Quick Build wing and fuselage kits. 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 and January 2021. Note that not […] 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

Van’s Aircraft Operational Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: January 18, 2021 Due to mandatory quarantine requirements, Van’s is currently experiencing temporary staffing shortages in our kit crating and receiving departments, which impacts our ability to prepare and crate empennage/tail, wing, fuselage, powerplant, and finishing kits through January 28th. Customers with pending shipments of those kits will be delayed for that period of […] 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

AeroLEDs Products on Sale Through August 10th

AeroLEDs Lighting Products On Sale – Extended Through August 10th! AeroLEDs has discounted all of their products by 10% from July 19-August 1o and as a result, Van’s has reduced the prices of the AeroLEDs products we sell — as well as our RV lighting kits that contain the AeroLEDs products — by 10%. The […] Read More

Van’s Announces Plan to Move to Final-Size Holes on RV-10 Kits

Van’s Aircraft has initiated the process of phasing in the production of final-size, matched-hole RV-10 parts. Until now, all parts for the RV-10 have been produced with slightly undersized holes, which the builder must up-size with a drill and then debur prior to assembly. We will be transitioning the RV-10 kit to final-sized holes, much […] Read More

Van’s Announces New Optional RV-14 Engine Configuration

Note: This announcement covers the RV-14/14A. For information regarding use of the IO-390-EXP119 on the RV-7 and RV-8, please visit this link. Van’s Aircraft has announced a new powerplant option for the RV-14/14A, providing more choices for builders of the airplane in terms of power and weight. In this new configuration, which is based around […] Read More

Van’s Announces Spirit of Aviation Week Specials

In celebration of Spirit of Aviation Week, EAA’s online event, Van’s is excited to announce the following “show” specials: AeroLEDs discount – 10% off all AeroLED products and Van’s kits containing those products (extended through August 10th) Lycoming engine special – free domestic US shipping for all engines ordered through Van’s during the event — plus the availability […] Read More

Van’s US Military/Veteran Discount Program Announced

For complete rules and detailed eligibility information related to the program described in this news release, please see our U.S. Military Discount Program web page. The men and women of the U.S. Military have devoted their lives to giving all in the line of duty. In recognition and appreciation of those who have served and […] Read More

Lycoming Special for Van’s Customers – EAA Spirit of Aviation Week

Lycoming is again offering free shipping to domestic US customers on their engines when ordered by July 31st, 2020 through Van’s. Note that international customers will receive free shipping from Lycoming to Van’s, but will still need to pay the cost to ship from Van’s to the customer location.

Spirit of Aviation Week Forums – July 21st-25th

Join Van’s and others for the EAA Spirit of Aviation Week! While we can’t gather in Oshkosh this year, we can still share The Spirit of Aviation. EAA Spirit of Aviation Week on July 21-25 will celebrate the entire aviation community by showcasing the spectrum of flight in a virtual way. Share your favorite aviation […] Read More

New Builder Tool Resource from Cleaveland Aircraft Tools

Mike at Cleaveland Aircraft Tool (Facebook link) recently made several videos to help new builders understand what they need – and what options are available – when it comes to the tools needed to build an RV: They’ve also updated their web site with a great system where you can choose your RV model, and they […] Read More

Addition made to all RV tail/empennage kits

We recently made a small addition to every RV tail/empennage kit we ship. We’re now including our OP-51 “Sheet Metal Basics” kit, a small and practical learning exercise that folks can use to practice/develop their skills before jumping into building the actual tail kit. It certainly doesn’t replace our more advanced practice kits like the […] Read More

Van’s Office Phones: Planned Downtime Wednesday March 25th

VAN’S OFFICE PHONES WILL BE OFFLINE WEDNESDAY We’ve been working to enable our office staff to move to a work from home status. The governor of Oregon’s mandate that businesses do this, in combination with our desire to take care of our people, mean we need to update our phone system and some computing infrastructure. […] Read More

Webinar: Van’s RV Maintenance Common Questions

Be sure to sign up and join Vic Syracuse of Base Leg Aviation for his EAA webinar presentation this Wednesday. He will cover common questions about RV maintenance. Vic’s extensive expertise can be valuable for any RV owner/maintainer. Vans RV Maintenance Common Questions (click to register) Vic Syracuse   Building on the December 11 webinar […] Read More

Three-Blade Propeller for the RV-12/RV-12iS Available

Van’s has published updated RV-12/12iS powerplant kit order forms, a new plans section (47AiS/U) and a service letter (SL 19-12-31), all of which are related to the now-available optional 3-blade Sensenich propeller kit. We displayed this prop on a stand in our booth at Oshkosh last year and flew it to the show on one of […] Read More

RV-12/12iS Nose Gear Leg Retrofit Kit – Q&A

On January 28, Van’s published Service Bulletin 19-08-26, which describes new parts and instructions to replace an already-installed nose gear leg on RV-12/RV-12iS aircraft. The purpose of this post is to help you determine and understand what is required for your RV-12/12iS flying aircraft or RV-12/12iS kit under construction. First of all, determine whether or […] Read More

Update: Sales Tax Charges for Shipments to Specific States

Changes to state taxation regulations now require Van’s Aircraft to collect sales tax in certain states for all or most sales. Below is a list of the current states where a sales tax collection requirement is imposed as well as those states for which we know we will need to collect sales tax in the […] Read More