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
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.
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.