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In 1995, Van’s decided to re-visit the tandem seating concept. Even though the side-by-side RV-6/6A had become the most popular homebuilt design ever, there was still a significant percentage of pilots who really wanted centerline seating. The consensus seemed to be that a roomier tandem airplane with better cross-country capability would be popular.
A one-of-a-kind demonstrator was built and introduced at Oshkosh in 1995. The response left no doubt about the desire for an airplane like the RV-8. The RV-8 went on the market in 1996 and complete kits were available by the end of 1998. In short order, it was followed by the kit for the tricycle gear RV-8A.
The RV-8/8A retains the fighter-like feel of centerline seating, but the wider fuselage contains cockpits that accommodate large people in comfort. Two baggage compartments, one forward and one aft, keep even large amounts of luggage well within the weight and balance envelope. Pilots up to 6’7" fit in the front. A Tall Pilot option is available. (It was used by one successful builder who describes himself as 6’ 10", although we think he might be taller). Factory demo pilots have flown demo rides with passengers up to 6’9" and 260 lbs in the back.
The large 42 gallon fuel capacity long range and high cruise speeds. At the aerobatic gross weight of 1600 lbs., the RV-8/8A complies with the +6/-3G standards of the FAA’s Aerobatic Category and can still carry two people, making it possible for a new pilot to get aerobatic instruction before he or she starts rolling and looping.
The sliding canopy is built around a sturdy steel roll bar and fixed windshield. It must remain closed in flight, but the standard fresh air ducts provide plenty of fresh air to both seats. The RV-8/8A is designed to be flown from the front seat, although a rear stick is provided and a rear throttle and rudder pedals are optional.
The RV-8/8A was designed to accept the 200 horsepower IO-360 Lycoming. The prototype with this engine demonstrated really remarkable performance. With a single occupant, it would take off in 250’ and climb out at 2600 fpm. The fact that the RV-8 can accept a large engine doesn’t mean that it needs it. The traditional engine options – 150-180 hp Lycomings – have been retained (probably the majority of flying RV-8/8As are powered by a 180 hp engine) and with these lighter engines, performance is still exciting – and the handling even better.

The change that allowed the change in aerobatic gross weight is the use of longer and heavier spar caps and heavier carry-through bulkhead bars. Other parts also needed to be changed to accommodate the larger pieces. The kit serial numbers are issued when a customer gets their tail kit. This means that a low serial number may have the 1600 lb aerobatic gross wing and centre section, while a higher serial number may have the 1550 lb aerobatic gross wing and centre section. Check the packing list for the wing kit and if it says “1” after the spar and centre section, then it’s the 1600 lb gross version. If no ‘1’ then it’s the 1550 lb gross.

 

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RV-8
Engine: 160 hp
Prop:  Hartzell 2 Blade C/S
Span: 24 ft
Length: 21 ft
Height: 5 ft 7 in
Wing Area: 116 sq ft
Empty Weight: 1067 - 1120 lbs
Gross Weight: 1800 lbs
Wing Loading: 15.5 lb/sq ft
Power Loading: 12 - 9 lb/hp
Engine: 150-200 hp
Propeller: Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 42 US gal
Baggage: 125 lbs
Top Speed: 205 mph
Cruise 75% @ 8000 ft: 195 mph
Cruise 55% @ 8000 ft: 173 mph
Stall Speed: 58 mph
Takeoff Distance: 650 ft
Landing Distance: 500 ft
Rate of Climb: 1,400 fpm
Ceiling: 18,500 ft
Range 75% @ 8000 ft: 855 sm
Range 55% @ 8000 ft: 1,030 sm

RV-8
Engine: 180 hp
Prop:  Hartzell 2 Blade C/S
Span: 24 ft
Length: 21 ft
Height: 5 ft 7 in
Wing Area: 116 sq ft
Empty Weight: 1067 - 1120 lbs
Gross Weight: 1800 lbs
Wing Loading: 15.5 lb/sq ft
Power Loading: 12 - 9 lb/hp
Engine: 150-200 hp
Propeller: Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 42 US gal
Baggage: 125 lbs
Top Speed: 213 mph
Cruise 75% @ 8000 ft: 203 mph
Cruise 55% @ 8000 ft: 180 mph
Stall Speed: 58 mph
Takeoff Distance: 575 ft
Landing Distance: 500 ft
Rate of Climb: 1,650 fpm
Ceiling: 20,500 ft
Range 75% @ 8000 ft: 790 sm
Range 55% @ 8000 ft: 955 sm

RV-8
Engine: 200 hp
Prop:  Hartzell 2 Blade C/S
Span: 24 ft
Length: 21 ft
Height: 5 ft 7 in
Wing Area: 116 sq ft
Empty Weight: 1067 - 1120 lbs
Gross Weight: 1800 lbs
Wing Loading: 15.5 lb/sq ft
Power Loading: 12 - 9 lb/hp
Engine: 150-200 hp
Propeller: Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 42 US gal
Baggage: 125 lbs
Top Speed: 221 mph
Cruise 75% @ 8000 ft: 210 mph
Cruise 55% @ 8000 ft: 187 mph
Stall Speed: 58 mph
Takeoff Distance: 500 ft
Landing Distance: 500 ft
Rate of Climb: 1,900 fpm
Ceiling: 22,500 ft
Range 75% @ 8000 ft: 780 sm
Range 55% @ 8000 ft: 940 sm

RV-8A
Engine: 160 hp
Prop:  Hartzell 2 Blade C/S
Span: 24 ft
Length: 20 ft 10 in
Height: 7 ft 4 in
Wing Area: 116 sq ft
Empty Weight: 1067 - 1120 lbs
Gross Weight: 1800 lbs
Wing Loading: 15.5 lb/sq ft
Power Loading: 12 - 9 lb/hp
Engine: 150-200 hp
Propeller: Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 42 US gal
Baggage: 125 lbs
Top Speed: 203 mph
Cruise 75% @ 8000 ft: 193 mph
Cruise 55% @ 8000 ft: 171 mph
Stall Speed: 58 mph
Takeoff Distance: 650 ft
Landing Distance: 500 ft
Rate of Climb: 1,350 fpm
Ceiling: 17,500 ft
Range 75% @ 8000 ft: 845 sm
Range 55% @ 8000 ft: 1020 sm

RV-8A
Engine: 180 hp
Prop:  Hartzell 2 Blade C/S
Span: 24 ft
Length: 20 ft 10 in
Height: 7 ft 4 in
Wing Area: 116 sq ft
Empty Weight: 1067 - 1120 lbs
Gross Weight: 1800 lbs
Wing Loading: 15.5 lb/sq ft
Power Loading: 12 - 9 lb/hp
Engine: 150-200 hp
Propeller: Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 42 US gal
Baggage: 125 lbs
Top Speed: 211 mph
Cruise 75% @ 8000 ft: 201 mph
Cruise 55% @ 8000 ft: 178 mph
Stall Speed: 58 mph
Takeoff Distance: 575 ft
Landing Distance: 500 ft
Rate of Climb: 1,600 fpm
Ceiling: 19,500 ft
Range 75% @ 8000 ft: 780 sm
Range 55% @ 8000 ft: 945 sm

RV-8A
Engine: 200 hp
Prop:  Hartzell 2 Blade C/S
Span: 24 ft
Length: 20 ft 10 in
Height: 7 ft 4 in
Wing Area: 116 sq ft
Empty Weight: 1067 - 1120 lbs
Gross Weight: 1800 lbs
Wing Loading: 15.5 lb/sq ft
Power Loading: 12 - 9 lb/hp
Engine: 150-200 hp
Propeller: Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity: 42 US gal
Baggage: 125 lbs
Top Speed: 219 mph
Cruise 75% @ 8000 ft: 208 mph
Cruise 55% @ 8000 ft: 184 mph
Stall Speed: 58 mph
Takeoff Distance: 500 ft
Landing Distance: 500 ft
Rate of Climb: 1,800 fpm
Ceiling: 21,500 ft
Range 75% @ 8000 ft: 770 sm
Range 55% @ 8000 ft: 930 sm

 

Engine: Lycoming O-360, 200 hp
Wing span: 7 m
Wing area: 10.1 sq.m
MAUW: 1080 kg
Empty weight: 484 kg
Fuel capacity: 166 lt
Max speed: 357 kph
Cruise speed: 341 kph
Minimum speed: 82 kph
Climb rate: 9.5 m/s
Seats: 2
Fuel consumption: 40 lt/hr
Kit price (1998): $13,000

 

 

 

 

 

 


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