In the fall of 2018, a group of chapter members began building an RV-12iS in one of the chapter hangars. The goals include: provide hands on building experience, increase utilization of the chapter work space and tools, attracting new members, develop camaraderie, and build a very capable yet affordable airplane. Build time is expected to be about 18 months.
The Van’s RV-12iS is the latest incarnation of the RV-12. The RV-12 design has been updated to accommodate the Rotax 912iS engine (fuel injected, 100 HP), updated avionics and wiring, and the latest design improvements. Avionics will include either the Garmin G3X or Dynon package with two touch screen flat panels, ADSB-In/Out, and auto pilot. It will be built and registered as E-LSA.
About 20 have people joined the build team, and about 5 experienced builders volunteered to be mentors. A subset of the builders is purchasing the kit and will form an LLC and flying club based at Twin Oaks. The club will be limited to the owners, but may include “associate members” who do not have equity. The plan is to have 12 owners.
The team builds every Thursday 10-4 and Sunday 11-5. Due to the surprising turn out, the team is no longer adding builders unless they are owner/builders or mentors. As of February 2019, the empennage and tail cone were complete and work on the forward fuselage had begun. The wing sub-kit has been ordered. For more information contact Peter Stack, Chris Riedener, Brian Musson, or Brent Anderson.