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rtlongdon 05-20-2021 07:24 PM

RV-12 Instructor at KAWO (Arlington, WA)
Does anyone have any recommendations of an instructor at or near KAWO- Arlington, WA?

It appears the wife and I will be the owners of an RV-12 within the next week and now I just need to learn to fly again!

I haven't flown in 20 years, but lots of time in turbines, taildraggers and other fun stuff. Only thing close to an LSA I've owned or flown are Champs, T-crafts, luscombes, C-120/140's... I can promise it should be a super entertaining BFR for one with the intestinal fortitude to take it on ;) :D :eek:

Regards to all! :)

ArlingtonRV 05-20-2021 10:33 PM

The absolute best would be Mike Seager in Oregon, but you would have to travel to him and train in Van's RV-12. Not bad, but he is booked up pretty solid most of the time.

You could try AFS at AWO, they have, or used to have a Sting Sport and may have some instructors familiar with LSA, or know some who are.

The RV-12 flies like most purpose built LSAs (only better). Since there was no RV-12 training when we completed ours I flew in a Sportstar and then a Tecnam Sierra to prepare.

rtlongdon 05-20-2021 11:33 PM

Thanks, Steve!

I'll give AFS a shout and see what they have to say.

Cheers :)

NinerBikes 05-21-2021 08:25 AM

You might also be able to train in a Sling 2 in Reno, NV. Contact Paul Hamilton... a Sling 2 is very close to a RV-12 in performance, also in the S-LSA class.

rtlongdon 05-21-2021 10:46 AM

I'm hoping to do it in my own airplane, but I'm open to possibilities.

I did see that Twin Oaks near HIO in Oregon provides instruction in an iS.

That's about 4 to 5 hours drive and might be reasonable as well. Just seems a shame to rent someone elses- but you do what you have to do!

Thanks for the reply!

Stitch462 05-21-2021 11:58 AM

A bit far from AWO but Glass Cockpit Aviation in Boise have two RV-12s in the fleet and rumor control says they have an iS on order.

rtlongdon 05-21-2021 12:27 PM

Thanks Stitch462.

At this point Boise would also be doable- their operation looks pretty respectable from a quick look at the website.

I did find a couple more local people, but they are retired and after discussion, it appears a BFR could drag out for a couple months with scheduling and such.

I'm kind of starting to think that what you guys are suggesting, travel and git 'r done might be the most effective solution.

Harvey rv12 05-21-2021 07:06 PM

Mike Seager
FYI, I did my last 2 BFR's with Mike Seager, and used my own RV-12. No need to rent a Vans RV-12.

Flynfrfun 05-21-2021 07:09 PM

I would still check with Mike Seager even though he is busy. He might squeeze you in considering you have a plane and are waiting on transition training. I did my tailwheel endorsement and RV7 transition training with him a few years back and enjoyed every minute even though it was a real challenge for me to take it all in.

rtlongdon 05-21-2021 07:17 PM

Thanks for the ideas. Unfortunately, my situation is a bit more complicated. If you read my original post, I haven't flown in 20 years, so I have no way to get myself and the airplane to Mike.

Also, I have to arrive at 5 hours dual minimum for insurance, but I have personal goals that may extend beyond 5 hours (even if the CFI thinks I'm ready). I'm sure I'll be past that by the time I'm done!

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