Brad Stiefvater of Salem, S.D. became the first customer to complete and fly a Van’s Aircraft RV-12 kit. The September 19 flight took place in Madison, S.D. Brad reports the empty weight of his painted airplane is 727 pounds. Reported cost to build was $60,000.
The RV-12 is Van’s entry into the Light Sport Aircraft market. The two-seat all metal airplane is powered by a Rotax 912 engine.