Van’s Aircraft Ships 1,000th RV-12

Van's Aircraft has shipped the 1,000th RV-12 kit, making it one of the most successful light sport aircraft to hit the market since its introduction in 2008.

Van's said it has shipped 937 RV-12 kit empennage packages, plus a number of fly-away S-LSA RV-12s built at the company factory in Oregon.

More than 400 RV-12s are flying, representing a completion rate of 40 percent, considered excellent by home-building standards.

It takes around 700-900 man-hours to complete an RV-12 kit. Kit price is $67,070 including the 100hp Rotax 912ULS engine. The factory-built S-LSA RV-12 sells for around $120,000.

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