The Van's Aircraft RV-9 / RV-9A, is a side-by-side two-seater, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt aircraft with either tricycle or tailwheel landing gear.
The RV-9 is the tail-wheel equipped version while the RV-9A is the nose-wheel version of the aircraft. The RV-9/9A is an airplane, designed for pilots who
are not interested in aerobatics but simply want a nice-handling aircraft for sport flying. With side-by-side seating, this two-seater is designed to
provide fast and efficient cruising while retaining a low landing speed. The RV-9 shares many common parts with the RV-7 and the RV-8, which reduces
production costs. The main difference of the RV-9/9A with the RV-4/6/8 is the wing that is longer and narrower than the wings of the RV-4/6/8 series,
and uses a new Roncz airfoil. The increased span allows it to climb well on low power and glide a long way. The flaps are a long span, slotted, high
lift design that allows the airplane to land slower than many primary trainers. A simplified constant-chord horizontal tail and large vertical tail
are proportioned to work with the longer wing. The robust fuselage and cabin are identical to the RV-7/7A and there are the same sliding/tip-up canopy
and trigear/tailwheel landing gear options.The RV-9 prototype was flown first in December 1997. The Van's Aircraft RV-9 was introduced on the market in
1999. The RV-9/9A is sold in kit form and as a complete ready-to-fly aircraft by Van's Aircraft of Aurora, Oregon, USA. Van's Aircraft was founded in 1973
by the American aircraft designer Richard E. VanGrunsven. Thousands of RV-9/9As have been sold and up to now over 1000 RV-9/9A aircraft are completed.