Van's to Offer Factory-Built RV-12s
First deliveries of factory-built Van's RV-12 special light-sport aircraft are expected in early 2013.
October 12, 2012 - Van's Aircraft Inc. announced Friday it will offer complete RV-12 light-sport aircraft factory-built by Synergy Air, an RV builder training facility in Eugene, Oregon.
Target introductory price for a standard-equipped airplane is $105,000, with an all-options equipped Signature Edition at an introductory price of $115,000. Van's will begin taking orders at the end of November with first deliveries expected in early 2013.
Standard versions will include a Rotax 912ULS engine, Dynon Skyview EFIS including Mode S transponder and GPS, Garmin SL-40 comm, Flightcom stereo intercom, 406Mhz ELT, Flightline interior, and LED lighting for night flight. Optional equipment includes wheelpants, ADS-B, a two-axis autopilot, premium paint finishes, and Oregon Aero seats and interior.
The first planes produced by Synergy Air will be 12 Signature Editions, which Van's states will "define and codify the production process." Van's says it will leverage the flight experience gained by the thousands of hours flown in nearly 200 E-LSA and E-AB RV-12s rather than just "factory testing done by professional pilots."
In an e-mail to EAA, Synergy Air's Wally Anderson stated, "We are very proud to partner with Van's Aircraft in the manufacturing of the planes in Eugene. All of us at Synergy Air feel like we are living the dream to be able to work with such a great company as Vans. We look forward the journey as we start the process of expanding to handle the demand."
The company is also establishing a network of maintenance and repair service centers. Delivery positions are being taken at factory in Bend, Oregon.