Vans RV 3

Even after twenty-five years, the RV-3 is still one of the best all around single seat airplane kit available. Light, fast, nimble, and possessing remarkable short field capabilities. Despite the fact that it was designed as a sport airplane, the RV-3 has proven a capable cross-country traveller. The fuel capacity allows practical distances, the cockpit is big enough for pilots up to about 6 3", and there is enough baggage space to carry a reasonable amount of "stuff."

Span 19 ft 11 in
Length 19 ft
Height 5 ft
Wing Area 90 sq ft
Weights
Empty Weight without electric system 703 lbs
Empty Weight with electric system 750 lbs
Gross Weight 1100 lbs
Loadings
Wing Loading 12.22 lbs/sq ft
Power Loading 11.0 - 6.9 lb/hp)
Powerplant/Systems
Engine 100 -160 hp
Propeller  Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity 30 US gal
Other
Baggage 30 lbs
Solo Weight 1050 lbs 125 hp 150 hp
Empty weight and performance measured with fixed pitch wood propeller
Speed
Top Speed 195 mph 207 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000'] 185 mph 196 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000'] 166 mph 176 mph
Stall Speed 51 mph 51 mph
Ground Performance
Takeoff Distance 350 ft 300 ft
Landing Distance 350 ft 350 ft
Climb/Ceiling
Rate of Climb 1,700 fpm 2,050 fpm
Ceiling 20,500 ft 23,500 ft
Range
Range [75% @ 8000'] 640 sm 595 sm
Range [55% @ 8000'] 770 sm 715 sm
Other
Speed Ratio 3.82:1 4.06:1