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Old 10-11-2012, 04:12 PM
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Thumbs up Van's Announces S-LSA RV-12!

October 11, 2012
For Immediate Release:

FLY AWAY IN AN S-LSA RV-12!
Van?s Aircraft, Inc. is pleased to announce a new program to build completed, fly-away, RV-12s. Better yet, Van?s has a working agreement with Synergy Air of Eugene, OR 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 in the hands of typical pilots. Production S-LSA RV-12s will include the benefits of this real-world flight experience, rather than just factory testing done by professional pilots.

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 twelve (12) aircraft to define and codify the production process. We plan to offer these 12 aircraft as "Signature Edition" models that will include all options at an introductory price of $115,000, F.A.F.

Van?s 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. Those interested in reserving a delivery position may contact Van?s at the AOPA Summit (Oct 11-13) or contact us at the factory in Oregon.

Van?s Aircraft, based in Aurora, OR, is the world leader in the kit airplane industry, with almost 8,000 RVs flying around the globe. The company produces high quality, accurate kits for over 500 complete airplanes each year, using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing technology.

Synergy Air is a well-established company providing instructional seminars, videos, and builder assistance to complete kit airplanes, located at the Eugene airport.
For further information www.vansaircraft.com or contact Gus Funnell at Van?s Aircraft
Gusf@vansaircraft.com, 503 678 6545
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:35 PM
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So, I would make a wild guess this is the afternoon surprise you mentioned in the home page

[ed. ;^) Yep. dr]
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:40 PM
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Now that is a testament to what a great aircraft the -12 is.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:47 PM
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Surprised me! I didn't think Vans would go into turnkey manufacturing, but this on top of the RV-14 shows they are not relying on past success for future business. I think the production RV-12 will do well. Also interesting to find out what the retail value of the aircraft actually is.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:55 PM
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Default Should be a huge success

I think we will now see a lot more RV's in the hands of people that normally don't consider (Experimental) planes.
With a price of $105,000 I don't know why anyone would buy a Skycatcher at $149,000. I think Van's is very smart to go this route and attack this market quickly.
Skycatcher specs vs. RV-12 specs. It is a no brainer.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:00 PM
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wasn't there just a thread recently about how it is so hard to build cost competitively in the USA? Apparently Van's and Synergy Air believe they can. I think this is great news
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:06 PM
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My feeling is that the RV-14A may end up as a production aircraft as well.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:10 PM
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Default Welcome to VAF!!

Hey Steve, to VAF.

Good to have you here.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:15 PM
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Default Outstanding news

After building a 12 and flying it for 45 hours, I can attest (my opinion) after flying my RV plus 4 different slsa models the 12 is at the top with two of the 4 and I believe handles better with great performance.

I was asked recently how much would I would sell N25DV hypothetically. I responded first I wouldn't, but thought a fair price would be 120+ ( close to their SLSA price )

This announcement is great for Vans and other RV builders
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:38 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RVguy View Post
, this site and the whole idea of building a Vans aircraft is becoming quite an obsession.
Yep, you got that right
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