With a complete airframe shop located up in the High Country of Tennessee, just minutes travel from the town of Boone (Appalachian State University) I have constructed a brand new RV-12 light sport aircraft and have completed the flight testing period...hour 40.1 hrs and counting. I have constructed four other RV's and found this kit to be the most enjoyable to build therefore it went together perfectly. Featuring the Rotax 912ULS engine that prefers Mogas over 100LL and easily removable wings makes this a airpark flyers dream. Dynon Skyview system with synthetic mapping subscription included, a Garmin SL-40 radio in the Panel. We operate at 2240' and up and the climb rate is impressive here in the mountainous terrain. I am also the FBO and manager of Johnson County Airport (6a4) in Northeast Tennessee, so plan a trip by for a test flight. Airport phone #423-727-1223,cell 423-946-0507 Ownership percentages in club $10,000
The RV-12 is Vanís newest design ó the latest in the most successful line of kit aircraft in the world. Itís a two-seat all-metal side-by-side airplane with a large cabin that seats the occupants ahead of the wing spar for maximum room and superb visibility. There are several features that make it a unique RV: The RV-12 meets the certification standards of the Light Sport Aircraft category and an RV-12 built from one of our kits is eligible to be licensed in the E-LSA category. Extensive and thorough testing has demonstrated compliance with LSA performance and structural requirements. It is what we say it is and does what we say it does, and we have the test data to prove it! Extensive testing means the RV-12 is not the first LSA kit on the market, but it might be the best understood. The wings are quickly and easily removable. Using methods proven over decades in high-performance sailplanes, two people can have the wings off an RV-12 in less than five minutes, making the airplane easy to transport on a trailer and keep off-airport. It is powered by a Rotax 912ULS 100 hp engine. This rugged little engine hasnít become the world-wide standard in light sport aircraft by accident. Extended real world experience has shown it to be durable, reliable, and economical. It can use either unleaded autogas or 100LL. The RV-12 is equipped with a new ground-adjustable Sensenich composite propeller ó light, smooth and affordable. The low empty weight allows a generous useful load ó two 210 lb people, 20 gallons of fuel and 50 lbs of baggage ó something rare in the Light Sport Category. The best news is that it flies like an RV! The RV-12 has all the performance the Light Sport Category permits as well as excellent handling qualities at all speeds. It is very docile on take-off and landing and pleasantly quick and agile in the air. Frankly, we are very pleased. We love flying the RV-12! How long will it take to build an RV-12? We estimate the average builder will spend about 700-900 hours to complete an un-painted RV-12. How can an RV-12 be licensed? The RV-12 was designed to the ASTM standards governing Light Sport Aircraft category and intended to be licensed in the Experimental Light Sport (E-LSA) category. In July, 2009, Vanís Aircraft received Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-SLA) approval for the RV-12 prototype, paving the way for individuals to receive E-LSA certification. Although the E-LSA category does not permit builders to alter the design (no unapproved engines, propellers, avionics, etc. are allowed) it does have some attractive features. In the E-LSA category, there is no "51%" rule, and no restriction on who may assist in building the airplane. This allows any amount of assistance or even a fully professionally-built airplane. The FAA has evaluated the RV-12 kit and found it eligible for registration in the Experimental-Amateur Built (EAB) category. While EAB rules do allow builders to make changes, it is difficult to over-emphasize the difficulties, complications and increased building time that will occur if builders choose to alter any part of the very integrated RV-12 kit. Vanís is not able to provide assistance or advice on any deviations from the supplied parts and assembly instructions. Can Accessories like Lights, Autopilots, or Wheel Fairing be installed? Yes. Vanís has developed and released several optional packages. An RV-12 equipped with any or all of them is eligible for licensing in the E-LSA category: A lighting package includes strobes, position lights and a landing light with steady or pulse option. A dual EFIS package adds a Dynon D-100 to the right side of the panel. A two-axis Dynon AP-74 autopilot. A complete set of wheel fairings that protect the wings and tail while adding a couple of knots. A complete interior package with carpets, sidewall covers etc. Several color combinations are available. What's the RV-12 Kit Like? The RV-12 is the culmination of thirty-five years experience manufacturing the best aircraft kits available. The result is an exceptionally complete kit with parts that fit very, very well. All metal parts are completely formed and pre-punched with fastener holes. All hardware is included. Every detail of the engine installation, instrument panel, fuel system, landing gear and airframe is carefully designed and optimized for performance and building ease.