Vans RV7/7A

The RV-7/7A is designed for much the same mission as the RV-6/6A. However, it will accept Lycoming engines from 150-200 horsepower, giving the builder more options. It uses many parts in common with the RV-8/8A and RV-9A, which keeps production and inventory costs down. Legroom, headroom, and useful load are all greater than the RV-6/6A. The span and area of the wing has been increased. The Vne (never exceed speed) has been increased to 230 mph. Fuel capacity went from 38 gallons to 42.

But the biggest difference is the kit. The RV-7/7A kit is the most highly advanced kit Vanís has produced, and maybe the easiest to build. Computer aided design and computer controlled production tools mean that the parts fit exactly as they should. Traditionally, the task of locating, aligning, drilling and preparing the thousands of rivet holes has fallen to the airplane builder. Itís not particularly difficult, but it is repetitious and there are many opportunities for error. In the "matched hole" RV-7/7A kit, a computerized punch press locates and punches all the rivet holes during manufacture, so the builder can pull the parts out of the box, align the holes and begin assembly immediately.

Many improvements have been incorporated into the RV-7/7A kit: pre-fabricated wing spars are standard, canopy frames are stiffer and more accurate, internal structure has been simplified...the list goes on and on.

We estimate the construction time for the RV-7/7A kit at about 13-1400 hours, or about 30% less than an RV-6/6A. 

RV-7 Specifications
Exterior Dimensions
Span 25 ft 0in.
Length 20 ft 4 in.
Height 5 ft 10 in
Wing Area 121 sq ft
Weights
Empty Weight 1061 - 1114 lbs 
Gross Weight 1800 lbs
Loadings
Wing Loading   14.8 lb/sq ft
Power Loading  12.0 -  9.0 lb/hp 
Powerplant/Systems
Engine 150-200 hp
Propeller  Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity 42 US gal
Other
Baggage 100 lbs
RV-7A Specifications (TRIGEAR)
Exterior Dimensions
Span 25 ft 0 in
Length 20 ft 4 in
Height 7 ft 10 in
Wing Area 121 sq ft
Weights
Empty Weight 1077 - 1130 lbs 
Gross Weight 1800 lbs
Loadings
Wing Loading    14.8 lb/sq ft 
Power Loading   12.0 - 9.0 lb/hp  
Powerplant/Systems
Engine 150-200 hp
Propeller  Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity 42 US gal
Other
Baggage 100 lbs
RV-7 Performance
Solo Weight 1400 lbs
Gross Weight 1800 lbs
160 hp 180 hp 200 hp
Empty weight and performance measured with Hartzell 2 Blade C/S prop
Speed - Solo Weight
Top Speed 202 mph 210 mph 217 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft] 192 mph 200 mph 207 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft] 173 mph 180 mph 187 mph
Stall Speed 51 mph 51 mph 51 mph
Speed - Gross Weight
Top Speed 201 mph 209 mph 216 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft] 191 mph 199 mph 206 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft] 172 mph 179 mph 186 mph
Stall Speed 58 mph 58 mph 58 mph
Ground Performance - Solo Weight
Takeoff Distance 300 ft 275 ft 250 ft
Landing Distance 350 ft 350 ft 350 ft
Ground Performance - Gross Weight
Takeoff Distance 650 ft 575 ft 500 ft
Landing Distance 500 ft 500 ft 500 ft
Climb/Ceiling - Solo Weight
Rate of Climb 1,900 fpm 2,200 fpm 2,550 fpm
Ceiling 21,000 ft 23,000 ft 25,500 ft
Climb/Ceiling - Gross Weight
Rate of Climb 1,400 fpm 1,650 fpm 1,900 fpm
Ceiling 18,500 ft 20,500 ft 22,500 ft
Range
Range [75% @ 8000 ft] 835 sm 775 sm 765 sm
Range [55% @ 8000 ft] 1,025 sm 950 sm 935 sm
RV-7A Performance (TRIGEAR)
Solo Weight 1400 lbs
Gross Weight 1800 lbs
160 hp 180 hp 200 hp
Empty weight and performance measured with Hartzell 2 Blade C/S prop
Speed - Solo Weight
Top Speed 200 mph 208 mph 215 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft] 190 mph 198 mph 205 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft] 171 mph 178 mph 185 mph
Stall Speed 51 mph 51 mph 51 mph
Speed - Gross Weight
Top Speed 199 mph 207 mph 213 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft] 189 mph 197 mph 204 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft] 170 mph 177 mph 183 mph
Stall Speed 58 mph 58 mph 58 mph
Ground Performance - Solo Weight
Takeoff Distance 300 ft 275 ft 250 ft
Landing Distance 350 ft 350 ft 350 ft
Ground Performance - Gross Weight
Takeoff Distance 650 ft 575 ft 500 ft
Landing Distance 500 ft 500 ft 500 ft
Climb/Ceiling - Solo Weight
Rate of Climb 1,800 fpm 2,100 fpm 2,450 fpm
Ceiling 20,000 ft 22,000 ft 24,500 ft
Climb/Ceiling - Gross Weight
Rate of Climb 1,350 fpm 1,600 fpm 1,850 fpm
Ceiling 17,500 ft 19,500 ft 21,500 ft
Range
Range [75% @ 8000 ft] 825 sm 765 sm 755 sm
Range [55% @ 8000 ft] 1015 sm 940 sm 925 sm