This is a website documenting the construction of my first and not last homebuilt airplane. I’ll be building an RV-3 from Vans Aircraft. If you’re not an aviation enthusiast and you don’t know what an RV-3 is, then before you read any farther you need to check out www.vansaircraft.com. So it’s a single seat sport aerobatic plane with a top speed of 207mph. It’s primarily constructed of aluminum and held together with about 13,000 rivets. I estimate this plane will take about 2000 man-hours and 5 years to build. I’m sure it will be the most challenging and rewarding project I’ve ever worked on. So check back often to keep up to date on how it’s coming!
My name is Rob Holmes, Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.
Current Status: On 12/11/2011 N59LG flew for the first time. You can see a few videos of the first flight on youtube by searching rph142. It has been a great ride and I hope I have as much fun flying it as I did building!
|Span||19 ft 11 in||Top Speed||207 mph|
|Length||19 ft||Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft]||196 mph|
|Height||5 ft||Cruise [50% @ 8000 ft]||176 mph|
|Wing Area||90 sq. ft||Stall Speed||51 mph|
|Empty Weight||845 lbs||Takeoff Distance||300 ft|
|Gross Weight||1250 lbs||Landing Distance||350 ft|
|Powerplant||Rate of Climb||2,050 ft|
|Engine||160 hp||Ceiling||23,500 ft|
|Propeller||68 x 76 Catto 2 Blade||Range|
|Fuel Capacity||30 US gal||Range [75% @ 8000 ft]||595 sm|
|Technical Data||Range [55% @ 8000 ft]||715 sm|
|Short Period f||6 rad/sec|
|Phugoid f||40 sec/period|
|Dutch Roll f||4 rad/sec|
|Max Roll Rate||170 deg/sec|
|Stick Force Per G||12-14 lbs|
|Stick Force @ Max Aileron||40 lbs|