On the home page of the Van's Aircraft website, there is a replica of a Hobbs Meter. It doesn't count hours; however, it counts aircraft completions…the number of RVs that have been finished and flown. The count this afternoon was 7,684! No other design in the homebuilt movement has come close to that. What's equally amazing is that the number of RVs currently under construction (or abandoned) may exceed that total. What's even more remarkable about all this is the man behind those designs, plans and kits: Dick VanGrunsven. He fits the Dutch stereotype: intelligent, clever, quiet, soft-spoken, conservative, and stubborn. People who try to talk him into modifying one of his designs sometimes get to see a different side of Dick. That's not to say that he doesn't respond to the market. He started out with a single seat, got talked into a two-place tandem, then a side by side model and eventually a four-seat design. In any case, his subdued demeanor makes him an unlikely candidate to be the world leader in producing kits that have made it to the flightline…until you get to know where he's coming from.