Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Pair of Van's Ultralight Aircraft at Mackay and Rockhampton Airports Recently

Van's Aircraft is an American kit aircraft manufacturer, founded by Richard "Van" VanGrunsven in 1973.  The Van's factory is located at Aurora State Airport, Oregon in the USA.  Van's RV series of aircraft, from the single-seat RV-3 to the latest RV-14, are all-aluminum, low-wing monoplanes of monocoque construction. 

According the Wikipedia, the RV series of aircraft has been extremely successful, and by the end of 2012, about 8000 RV kits have been completed and flown, and thousands more are under construction. Completion rates currently average about 1.5 per day, making the series one of the most numerous of all homebuilt aircraft. 

Van's RV-10 VH-OSH at Gladstone Airport recently  (File photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©)

Here in Central Queensland, a recently registered Van's RV-10 four-seat aircraft - VH-XTE - has recently completed test flights out of Mackay Airport, and on Sunday 20 July, it departed Mackay for Hervey Bay.

Also, Van's RV-8 two-seat aircraft - VH-KVP - departed Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 17 July for Cairns - where it was snapped by the FNQ Skies Blog.  

Photo taken by FNQ Skies Blog  ©

On Sunday 20 July, VH-KVP returned to Rocky from Cairns.

Really successful and and smart looking little aircraft in my opinion!

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