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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.

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