8,000th Van's Flies
Stephen Watson's RV-7A (photo courtesy of Van's Aircraft)
February 5, 2013 - On Monday, Stephen Watson of Santa Clarita, California, reported that he flew the 8,000th Van's Aircraft kit airplane to be completed. Stephen's airplane is an RV-7A, powered by a Lycoming IO-360 turning a Hartzell constant-speed propeller.
For many years, Van's has posted a running total of RV series kits completed and flying on its website. Reporting first flights for the "Hobbs meter" of Van's kits is completely voluntary, so there are likely even more of the RV series airplanes that have flown.
Watson, who works for Jet Propulsion Labs in California, spent five years of part-time effort to complete his RV. He equipped his RV-7A with a Dynon SkyView flat glass flight instrument system and a Garmin stack of avionics.