Van's RV-4. Specifications. A photo.
Van's RV-4. Specifications. A photo.

Van's RV-4. Specifications. A photo.


Van's RV-4 - Double light aircraft designed and manufactured by the American aircraft manufacturer «Van's Aircraft» with 1980 years.


Photo Van's RV-4


The development of the two-seat multi-purpose aircraft Van's RV-4 began by American aircraft builders in the middle of the 70-ies of the last century. As a base for the beginning of design work, the specialists selected the previous model of the single-seat aircraft Van's RV-3. The airplane underwent thorough processing, however, the main feature of its high popularity was the possibility of carrying people on board, which made the aircraft very popular, however, it should be clarified that the low price played an important role in the promotion of the aircraft.

In August 1979, the model aircraft Van's RV-4 has made its first flight, which was very successful, which is why, after a few months, the project was put into production, where there is also the present.


Van's RV-4 photo


Thanks to its extremely compact dimensions, the aircraft Van's RV-4 can also be positioned and as a sports aircraft, however, to perform complex aerobatic stunts, Van's RV-4 aircraft is not suitable because of the lack of a rigid wing structure and inability to withstand large overload .

Depending on its modification, the Van's RV-4 aircraft can be equipped with either Lycoming O-320, Lycoming O-360 or Lycoming IO-360 piston aircraft engines, with capacities ranging from 150 to 180 hp. respectively. A later version of the aircraft provides for the use of a piston aircraft engine of the Lycoming IO-540 brand, capable of developing 400 hp of thrust. The basic version of the aircraft, which has a less powerful propulsion system, is capable of speeds up to 340 km / h.


Aircraft Van's RV-4


In the cockpit of the aircraft Van's RV-4 can accommodate up to two people - a pilot and a passenger, however, as such, is not a suitable aircraft for the transport of cargo on its board, which, incidentally, did not affect the popularity of the aircraft.

Issue aircraft Van's RV-4 conducted by US aircraft manufacturers as kits for self-assembly, and for the entire period of production aircraft were produced in two versions:

  • Van's RV-4 - The basic production version of the aircraft, aircraft engines can be combined capacity of up to 150 180 hp .;
  • Van's Harmon Rocket - a modernized version of the aircraft with a Lycoming IO-540 aircraft engine capable of developing 400 hp thrust.


Specifications Van's RV-4.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 1 people;
  • aircraft Length: 6,2 m .;
  • Wingspan: 7,02 m .;
  • Plane Height: 1,65 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 410 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 270 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 680 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 275 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 340 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1170 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 7000 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Lycoming O-320 (depending on version);
  • Power: 150 HP (Depending on modification).


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