Van’s Aircraft has launched a new program to build completed, fly-away, RV-12s. Van’s has inked a working agreement with Synergy Air of Eugene, Ore., to manufacture the airplanes in the U.S.A.
Nearly 200 kit-built RV-12s have been completed and flown as E-LSA and E-AB aircraft, accumulating thousands of hours. Production S-LSA RV-12s will include the benefits of this real-world flight experience, rather than just factory testing done by professional pilots, company officials note.
Introductory price of the completed airplane is targeted at $105,000. Standard equipment will include the Rotax 912ULS engine, Dynon Skyview EFIS (which includes a Mode S transponder and GPS), Garmin SL-40 comm radio, Flightcom stereo intercom, 406Mhz ELT, Flightline interior, and LED lighting for night flight. Options will include wheelpants, ADS-B, a two-axis autopilot, premium paint finishes and Oregon Aero seats and interior.
Synergy Air is building an initial production run of 12 aircraft to define and codify the production process. These will be offered as “Signature Edition” models that will include all options at an introductory price of $115,000.
Van’s also is working to establish a network of Service Centers to maintain and repair the RV-12.
“We plan to begin accepting orders before the end of November 2012, and expect initial deliveries in early 2013,” company officials said in a prepared statement.
Van’s Aircraft, based in Aurora, Ore., is a leader in the kit airplane industry, with almost 8,000 RVs flying around the globe.
For more information: VansAircraft.com