First Customer Built RV-12 Flies | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.28.16

Airborne 11.29.16

Airborne 11.30.16

Airborne 12.01.16

Airborne 12.02.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 11.28.16

Airborne 11.29.16

Airborne 11.30.16

Airborne 12.01.16

Airborne 12.02.16

Fri, Sep 25, 2009

First Customer Built RV-12 Flies

Van's Entry Into LSA Market

Brad Stiefvater of Salem, SD became the first customer to complete and fly a Van's Aircraft RV-12 kit. On September 19, Brad trailered his new white and blue airplane to the big runway at Madison, SD (the RV-12 is designed for trailering, with easy-to-remove wings), and after a satisfactory taxi test, he flew.

The airplane flew well. Brad reports the empty weight of his painted airplane is 727 pounds (about three pounds lighter than Van's prototype) and says "I think Vans estimate of 800 hours is more than plenty to get it done. I have not totaled up my numbers yet but I am sure I am under that by 100 or so."

Reported cost to build was $60,000.

Stiefvater's RV-12

The RV-12 is Van's entry into the Light Sport Aircraft market. A roomy, two-seat all metal airplane powered by a Rotax 912 engine, it has enjoyed enthusiastic acceptance.

Almost 300 kits have been delivered since the airplane was introduced in April, 2008. Several more RV-12s should be flying within the next month or two.

FMI: www.vansaircraft.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 12.02.16: Stratos 714 1st Flt, TFR Politics, Airbus Job Cuts

Also: Female Skydive Record, ANN November Efforts, Dream Chaser, SecTrans Reax, FAA SAFO, Able Flight, Airline Group Grounded On November 21, the Stratos 714 very light jet took to>[...]

Here We Go Again -- ISS Resupply Mission Goes Astray

Russian Resupply Ship Experiences 'Anomaly' We've heard versions of this story before... but this time, its the Russians that are bemoaning their circumstances. The Russian space a>[...]

Airborne 12.01.16: New SecTrans, Trio NextGen Autopilot, WTO v Boeing

Also: Solar Flight, SAFE, Predator B, Delta Requires 'Civility', ISS-RapidScat, UPS Dispute, airBaltic CS300 President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Elaine Chao, the former Labor S>[...]

Airborne 12.02.16: Stratos 714 1st Flt, TFR Politics, Airbus Job Cuts

Also: Female Skydive Record, ANN November Efforts, Dream Chaser, SecTrans Reax, FAA SAFO, Able Flight, Airline Group Grounded On November 21, the Stratos 714 very light jet took to>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.03.16)

Blue Angels Alumni Association The official website of the Blue Angels Alumni Association. The website offers a pictorial and written history of the Blue Angels through the many ai>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC