Van's Aircraft Total Performance RV Kit Planes

Factory Tours and Demo Flights

 

Tours of Van's facility are offered twice a day on most weekdays.
A morning tour starts at 9:30am and an afternoon tour starts at 1:30pm.
You'll get to see the production shop, the hangar and lots of airplane parts!
We can even take you for a demo flight so long as you meet the criteria listed below.

Vans Aircraft Virtual Factory Tour

Building Boxes for the Aircraft Kits

 

About Demo Flights

There’s a big difference between reading about an airplane in a magazine, or dreaming about one you saw departing a local airfield, and actually flying one yourself. What does a writer mean when he waxes eloquent about "harmonized controls" or a "benign stall?"

Van’s offers the chance to see for yourself...

You can usually arrange a demo ride at major fly-ins like Sun N Fun or Oshkosh, but the logistics of large airshows mean that rides are subject to many varieties of delay or even cancellation for reasons beyond Van’s control. The best idea is to visit Van’s factory. Here we can fly on a more relaxed schedule, answer your questions, and generally show you around.

On any normal business day, assuming the weather is decent and the airplane is available, you can get a demo ride in the RV model of your choice. (See the details below to determine if you meet the criteria for a demo ride.) There are times of the year that many of the aircraft are away at fly-ins so it's best to schedule a visit to Van's around the fly-ins. See our 'Fly-In Schedule' on the main menu or Quick Links.

A demonstration flight is designed to be an introduction to a new airplane, not a complete demonstration of all its capabilities. After a short
pre-flight briefing, the company pilot makes the take off and usually hands over the controls on climb out. The prospective builder/pilot is encouraged to do some gentle maneuvering while he or she learns the control feel – this is usually where the well known "RV grin" starts to show around the edges. Conversation is easy using the noise-cancelling Zulu headsets provided by our friends at Lightspeed Aviation. Upon reaching a safe altitude, the company pilot will demonstrate the speed range of the airplane, maneuvering at speeds from cruise to just above the stall using varying amounts of control input to demonstrate that ‘RV feel’. True aerobatics are not part of demonstration flights. The prospective customer gets a chance for a little more stick time and some more maneuvering on the way back to the airport. Somewhere near final approach, the company pilot will reassume control and demonstrate the proper approach procedure and a landing like thistle down on a satin sheet.

During taxi-in, the "RV grin" is usually going full blast. On both occupants. The whole flight lasts about fifteen minutes, but it is a fifteen minutes that has completely changed a lot of lives.

The factory demo rides are provided at no cost for the two place airplanes (RV-7A/8A/9A/12/14) and at a modest $50 for the
4 place planes RV-10). The $50 charge on the RV-10 is fully refundable at time of kit purchase.

Fair warning! This is known as the “$50,000 free ride!" (Ok, so we haven’t figured in inflation but you get the idea!)


Contact our East Coast Representative for demo rides on the East Coast.


Demonstration and Ride Policy:

Weather and time permitting. No aerobatic maneuvers are performed. Tours start twice a day at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Van’s Aircraft gladly offers a demonstration ride to a potential customer who meets the following qualifications.

  • Hold at least a STUDENT PILOT’S LICENSE.
  • Have never previously flown in an RV.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
Directions to our facilities at the Aurora Airport.
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