VAN’S AIRCRAFT OFFERS COMPLETE RV-12 AIRPLANES
Ever since Richard VanGrunsven founded Van’s Aircraft in 1972, the Oregon-based company has established itself as a premier kit manufacturer. With more than 10,000 airplane kits produced, Van’s is now starting to build complete airplanes on a new assembly line at its headquarters in Aurora. The company offers two SLSA airplanes: the RV-12iS and RV-12iST trainer.
All factory-built versions of the RV-12 SLSA are powered by the fuel-injected 100 hp Rotax 912 iS Sport engine spinning a two-blade Sensenich composite propeller. The RV-12 carries 20 gallons of fuel, enough to travel well over 500 nm under normal conditions. All factory-built versions come standard with angle of attack instrumentation, a 406 MHz ELT and ADS-B In and Out capabilities, providing real-time traffic and weather.
The top speed of the RV-12 nibbles at the LSA limit of 120 knots. The airplane has a stall speed of 41 knots and can take off in 700 feet.
In just a few minutes, the wings can be removed, allowing operators to store their RV-12s and transport them to and from the airport rather than paying for hangar storage.
A basic training version of the twoseat side-by-side metal airplane can be flown home for as little as $125,500. A fully loaded, IFR-capable trainer with a Garmin GTN650 navigator, dual G3X touch-screen EFISs and a two-axis autopilot runs for $153,500. The most obvious difference between the -iST and -iS is the lack of wheelpants on the training version. The RV-iS also has upgraded paint and interior options. RV-12iS buyers can choose between one- or two-screen Garmin G3X or Dynon SkyView HDX panel options. RV-iS pricing ranges from $135,000 to $145,000.
A builder-assist program for the RV-12s will continue to be offered at Synergy Air’s facilities down the street from Van’s in Eugene and in Newnan, Georgia.