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Old 05-20-2021, 07:24 PM
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Default 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

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Old 05-20-2021, 10:33 PM
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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.
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Old 05-20-2021, 11:33 PM
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Thanks, Steve!

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


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Old 05-21-2021, 08:25 AM
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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.
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Old 05-21-2021, 10:46 AM
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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!
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Old 05-21-2021, 11:58 AM
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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.


https://www.glasscockpitaviation.com/
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Old 05-21-2021, 12:27 PM
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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.
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Old 05-21-2021, 07:06 PM
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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.
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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.

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Old 05-21-2021, 07:17 PM
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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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