Thinking about building?- What do you need in addition to the 'Van's Kit'?
You have seen my site, been to a local airfield and checked out the RV's. You may have even been out in one. Now you are thinking about building one.
Here is a list of parts and some example prices to help you plan and budget your RV7 build. Not all prices are included and NOT ALL PARTS are necessary but you may wish to consider them when calculating your own build costs.
These prices may become out of date as most aircraft parts are sourced from America, today the £ is worth $2.03.
VAT: Is payable on all parts imported into the UK. Duty is not payable on aircarft parts, but these parts must only be capable of being fitted to an aircraft or HMC&E may charge you some duty.
The following prices and example is based on a Vans RV7 Quick build.
I am adding and updating this page - it is not a comprehensive list and is intended to help you price your kit by listing parts and items you may have not thought about. Some prices are missing as I don't have up to date prices.
The Airframe and kit options.
The first decision other than RV4,7,8,9 or even RV10. Or do you go
standard or quick build? The quickbuild kit airframe is approx just
under 50% build. However this may not be 50% of your build it is more
like 50% of the airframe build. I took the quickbuild option as I
was building on my own.
*** NOTE *** Cost shown with VAT on item cost. You will be charged on total shipment cost INCL transport/shipping costs. See shipping costs table.
Engine & PropellarThe engine is the next biggest expense after the airframe. Vans have an OEM agreement with Lycoming and can offer a very competitive price on a brand new engine. Apart from the engine size, you also have a number of engine options - Constant Speed, Injection. However there are other options to buy a second hand engine, another manufacturers (Superior) or a UK sourced rebuilt engine.
The propellar options are Fixed or constant speed from a number of different manufactures - again Vans has an OEM agreement and can supply very competitive priced props.
Vans also supply 'Firewall Forward' kits that include all the parts you need to fit the engine to your RV, the example below is a good reflection of what the cost of all the components (pipes, filters, oild cooler mounts etc) you need to install the engine..
Engine and Flight Instrument options.Again even more options with the engine and flight instrument options. Basic conventional guages or the latest electronic engine monitors.
Avionics.Radio, intercom, transponder and GPS etc. But please remember..... the PFA permit restricts you to day VFR. So filling your kit with the latest IFR kit will be a complete waste of money - not that this has stopped some builders! Also remember to think about what all the kit will weigh. The firewall kit from Vans includes a wiring kit however it does not include screened wire for the intercom or RG400 aerial wire for the transponder or radio.
Electrical & LightingPFA Permit aircraft are not permitted to fly at night so night lights are unnecessary however they often come combined with strobe lights. Again strobes are optional. A electrical wiring kit comes in the firewall forward kit or can be purchased separately as loose Vire from Vans or other suppliers. The Vans wiring kit is a good start - it does not include circuit breakers.
OtherPainting can be spilit into two - interior and exterior. I painted the interior myself in stages. However I decided to have the exterior painted professionally. The interior seats can vary in price from DIY (by your wife!) to professional leather with headrests and leather side panels etc. Price below is for what I fitted from Classic Aero.
Tools is another cost for your project, you will have some like hammers and drills etc. But there are a number of tools you will have to buy - some optional and some you may be able to borrow..
PFA Permit Fees & other charges.As with every other part of live you are going to have to pay fees and taxes to get your toy in the air! Here are some of the charges you will have to pay.
Shipping Costs & Import TaxObviously the kit comes from America, so you need to ship!! The shipping costs below are based on a Vans RV7 QB kit that was shipped on it's own - not part of a group. The whole kit (apart from empannage) - Fuse, Wings & Finish kit was shipped together.