Specifications

Van's Aircraft RV8/8a

  • The RV-8/8A retains the fighter-like feel of centerline seating, but the wider fuselage contains cockpits that accommodate large people in comfort.



  • The large 42 gallon fuel capacity and efficient airframe provide long range and high cruise speeds, so long distances can be covered easily.

 

  • The perfect control balance and harmony, as well as excellent visibility, make aerobatics a delight.



  • 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.



  • The sliding canopy is built around a sturdy steel roll bar and fixed windshield.



  • The RV-8/8A was designed to accept the 200 horsepower IO-360  Lycoming.

 

 

 

 

Exterior Dimensions

Span

24 ft

Length

21 ft

Height

5 ft 7 in

Wing Area                           

116 sq ft

 

Weights

Empty Weight

1067 - 1120 lbs

Gross Weight

1800 lbs

 

Loadings

Wing Loading

15.5 lb/sq ft

Power Loading

12 - 9 lb/hp 

 

Powerplant/Systems

Engine

150-200 hp

Propeller [in prototype]

Fixed or C/S

Fuel Capacity

42 US gal

 

Other

Baggage

125 lbs

 

RV8

RV8a

Exterior Dimensions

Span

24 ft

Length

20 ft 10 in

Height

7 ft 4 in

Wing Area

116 sq ft

 

Weights

Empty Weight

1067 - 1120 lbs

Gross Weight

1800 lbs

 

Loadings

Wing Loading

15.5 lb/sq ft

Power Loading                   

12 - 9 lb/hp 

 

Powerplant/Systems

Engine

150-200 hp

Propeller [in prototype]

Fixed or C/S

Fuel Capacity

42 US gal

 

Other

Baggage

125 lbs

 

Performance

RV8

 

Empty weight and performance measured with Hartzell 2 Blade C/S prop

Speeds and ranges in statute mph (sm)

Solo Weight 1400 lbs/Gross Weight 1800 lbs     

160 hp

180 hp

200 hp

 

Speed - Solo Weight

Top Speed

206 mph

214 mph

222 mph

Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft]

197 mph

204 mph

212 mph

Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft]

175 mph

182 mph

189 mph

Stall Speed

51 mph

51 mph

51 mph

 

Speed - Gross Weight

Top Speed

205 mph

213 mph

221 mph

Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft]

195 mph

203 mph

210 mph

Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft]

173 mph

180 mph

187 mph

Stall Speed

58 mph

58 mph

58 mph

 

Ground Performance - Solo Weight

Takeoff Distance

300 ft

275 ft

250 ft

Landing Distance

350 ft

350 ft

350 ft

 

Ground Performance - Gross Weight

Takeoff Distance

650 ft

575 ft

500 ft

Landing Distance

500 ft

500 ft

500 ft

 

Climb/Ceiling - Solo Weight

Rate of Climb

2,000 fpm   

2,300 fpm  

2,700 fpm

Ceiling

21,000 ft

23,000 ft

25,500 ft

 

Climb/Ceiling - Gross Weight

Rate of Climb

1,400 fpm

1,650 fpm

1,900 fpm

Ceiling

18,500 ft

20,500 ft

22,500 ft

 

Range

Range [75% @ 8000 ft]

855 sm

790 sm

780 sm

Range [55% @ 8000 ft]

1,030 sm

955 sm

940 sm

 

 

RV8a

 

Empty weight and performance measured with Hartzell 2 Blade C/S prop

Speeds and ranges in statute mph (sm)

Solo Weight 1400 lbs/Gross Weight 1800 lbs     

160 hp

180 hp

200 hp

 

Speed - Solo Weight

Top Speed

204 mph

212 mph

220 mph

Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft]

195 mph

202 mph

210 mph

Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft]

173 mph

180 mph

187 mph

Stall Speed

51 mph

51 mph

51 mph

 

Speed - Gross Weight

Top Speed

203 mph

211 mph

219 mph

Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft]

193 mph

201 mph

208 mph

Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft]

171 mph

178 mph

184 mph

Stall Speed

58 mph

58 mph

58 mph

 

Ground Performance - Solo Weight

Takeoff Distance

300 ft

275 ft

250 ft

Landing Distance

350 ft

350 ft

350 ft

 

Ground Performance - Gross Weight

Takeoff Distance

650 ft

575 ft

500 ft

Landing Distance

500 ft

500 ft

500 ft

 

Climb/Ceiling - Solo Weight

Rate of Climb

1,900 fpm   

2,200 fpm  

2,600 fpm

Ceiling

20,000 ft

22,000 ft

24,500 ft

 

Climb/Ceiling - Gross Weight

Rate of Climb

1,350 fpm

1,600 fpm

1,800 fpm

Ceiling

17,500 ft

19,500 ft

21,500 ft

 

Range

Range [75% @ 8000 ft]

845 sm

780 sm

770 sm

Range [55% @ 8000 ft]

1,020 sm

945 sm

930 sm