South African Group-Built Van's RV-12

Whilst visiting Oshkosh in 2009 we marveled at Van’s red RV-12. Back in Johannesburg in March 2010 I joined 9 aviation enthusiasts in building project initiated by serial RV builder Rudi Greyling. As an engineer I was working side by side with auditors and other diverse professionals, jelling into a team, well taken up with what we were achieving. This labour of love was a tremendous learning exercise. She was completed early 2011 by working one full day over weekends every fortnight. Once completed we were left with a feeling of loss – missing the camaraderie only attained by such intense involvement and seeing a fine specimen evolving. She flies like a dream and some of us have already acquired our Sport pilot’s licenses and are building hours. Van’s support was excellent and time will have to be found to take up another challenge.

Location: Johannesburg South Africa

e-mail address: socoro@socoro.co.za

Website: http://www.socoro.co.za

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