Fri, Jul 24, 2009
250 Are Being Built Around The World
On July 21, the FAA issued a Special Light Sport Aircraft
(S-LSA) certification to Van's Aircraft Inc for their newest
design, the RV-12. The little pink piece of paper they left
with Van's represents the culmination of three years of design,
testing, and attention to the details of complying with all the
requirements of the Light Sport Aircraft category.
The next day, Van's East Coast representative Mitchell Lock flew
his first Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) version.
Built in Mitch's Maryland shop, "New Blue" is the first RV-12 built
outside Van's factory. The test flight was successful and
Mitch taxied in with the traditional "RV Grin." (See Below)
According to Mitch, "'New Blue' flew exactly like the factory
prototype I flew last year. Getting it into the air so
quickly is the result of both an excellent kit and help from Ed
Johnson, who was indispensable in helping me with the final
assembly, setup and checkout of the airplane. James Robert
"Bobby" Thomas, the local AB-DAR inspected the airplane and went to
the wall to get all the paperwork complete and inspect the aircraft
prior to the AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh. Without the help
of these two, it would have been many more weeks before "New Blue"
took to the air."
The easily removable wings, simple construction and traditional
"RV" handling qualities of the RV-12 have made the airplane a
favorite with Light Sport aircraft builders. 250 RV-12s are
under construction in several different countries.
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