Factory Tours and Demo Flights
Tours of Van's facility are offered twice a day on most weekdays.
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
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
Fair warning! This is known as the “$50,000 free ride!" (Ok, so we haven’t figured in inflation but you get the idea!)
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.