In April of 2011 I ordered a kit from Van's Aircraft--the E-LSA RV12, and I have been building it since then. Last fall (2017) I finally got the paper work finalized and got my airworthiness certificate from the FAA. There were just a couple of Service Bulletins that I wanted to take care of before the first flight. Continue reading "Scholes RV-12 - N935RS"
Yesterday I completed the shortest Phase 1 flight testing program I have ever done - it was for a neighbor's ELSA RV-12, an airplane I have been watching him build for the past five years. I have flown numerous flight test programs on E-AB aircraft, but this was my first time going through a factory test program for an airplane built to conform exactly to their specifications. Because it is more in the nature of production flight testing than experimental flight testing, the FAA allows a simple five hour program - which is not a lot of time to get a LOT done. Continue reading "Five-Hour Phase One"
The hugely popular One Week Wonder project, where a complete airplane is built over a seven-day period, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2018. The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention will be at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 23-29.
This time, the airplane will be a Van's RV-12iS, a member of the family of kit aircraft that are the most popular kits in the world. Van's Aircraft will be celebrating the 10,000th RV flying during AirVenture 2018.
Kitplanes was there for the first flight of the new RV-12iS in early July, and we were given a chance to evaluate the kit and aircraft improvements with a flight soon after. From a pilot's perspective, the RV-12iS handles like the original--responsive and stable, an excellent training or sport platform. The improved cockpit includes a new center-console throttle which feels quite natural, and fast-acting electric flaps to replace the manual flap handle of the original. Both add to the human factors of the cockpit in a positive way. Top speed of the new RV-12iS is limited to 120 knots, per LSA regulations, so the improvement in performance with the iS is most noticeable in an increased climb rate and better efficiency. Continue reading "Kitplanes Flies the New RV-12iS!"
N696VA is an RV12 built as an EAB. The plane took four and a half years and I logged 1900 hours in the build log. I've only flown it a couple of hours now but I just love this little plane. It's quick and nimble and performs very well. Continue reading "Jim Agua's RV12"
On August 27, 2015 the shipping department at Van's Aircraft Inc. had several orders to fill. By the end of the day, they'd rolled the 937th RV-12 kit empennage package onto the shipping dock, where it was picked up by a customer from Washington State, Richard Bangsund.
What's the significance of "937?" Well, combined with the S-LSA "fly-away" RV-12s the company has constructed, the total number of RV-12 empennage kits produced and sold now totals… one thousand.
This is the sixth RV design to exceed 1000 sales -- four designs have exceeded 1000 completions. The number of flying RVs listed on the company’s website now totals 9,178. Four hundred and seven of those are RV-12s.
“All of us at Van’s have known that the RV-12 is an excellent little airplane,” said company founder Dick (Van) VanGrunsven. “It’s nice to see the word spreading in the market place.” It’s certainly spread in his immediate family. Van and two of his brothers have built and fly RV-12s. So have a pair of company employees.
RV-12s have also been completed by several groups of young people participating in the Teenflight and Eagle’s Nest programs. S-LSA RV-12s are now operated by several flight schools who report their students love the way it flies, and often request the RV-12 even when other airplanes are available.
We’re looking forward to the next thousand…