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Vans RV-12




The RV-12 is a two-seat all-metal side-by-side airplane with a large cabin that seats the occupants ahead of the wing spar for maximum room and superb visibility. The RV-12 meets the certification standards of the Light Sport Aircraft category.

The wings are quickly and easily removable. Two people can have the wings off an RV-12 in less than five minutes, making the airplane easy to transport on a trailer and keep off-airport. Pull a pair of pins behind the seats and the wings come off in a few seconds. All control and wiring connections are automatic and an ignition interlock prevents the engine from starting if the wings are not properly installed.




It is powered by a Rotax 912ULS 100 hp engine, equipped with a Sensenich wood/composite propeller. The empty weight allows a useful load of two 210 lb people, 20 gallons of fuel and 50 lbs of baggage.


Vans Aircraft produced the RV-12 as an E-LSA kit and later as an S-LSA. The first 12 Signature Edition versions sold well with 60 more buyers lined up at US$115,000.






Engine: Rotax 912ULS
Propeller:  Sensenich f/p
Span: 26’ 9”
Length: 19’ 11”
Height: 8' 4"
Wing Area: 127 sq. ft.
Empty Weight:  740 lbs
Gross Weight: 1320 lbs
Wing Loading:  10.4 lbs/sq. ft.
Power Loading: 13.2 lbs/hp
Fuel Capacity: 20 US gallons
Cabin Width: 43”
Baggage: 50 lbs
Top Speed: 135 mph
Cruise 7500’ @ 5500 rpm: 131 mph
Cruise 7500’ @ 5000 rpm: 114 mph
Stall Speed: 47 mph
Takeoff Distance: 600 ft.
Landing Distance: 420 ft.
Rate of Climb: 906 fpm
Ceiling: 13,000 ft.
Range 7500’ @ 5500 rpm: 555 miles
Range 7500’ @ 5000 rpm: 620 miles



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