Van’s Aircraft Inc.
It’s not often that a manufacturing company only does its job halfway, but that is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airplane kits that customers of Van’s Aircraft Inc. assemble themselves. Van’s airplanes are full-size, high-performance aircraft designed by the founder.
“The kits that we manufacture are assembled under the experimental homebuilders’ rules,” President Scott Risan explains. “Our customers are required by regulation to build at least 51 percent of the aircraft and are not permitted to use the aircraft commercially.”