November 7, 2013 - Last October Van's Aircraft announced complete factory-built RV-12 special light-sport aircraft for sale – a first for the popular kit plane manufacturer. That first batch of 12 airplanes, built exclusively by Synergy Air of Eugene, Oregon, sold out quickly. This past week Van's and Synergy announced a new batch is in production, and it's accepting orders for delivery positions.
The initial batch was made up of fully loaded "signature" models, available in only one color scheme. The new batch of 12 aircraft is being offered in both standard and fully equipped versions with seven available color schemes. Standard equipment includes two-color paint scheme, Dynon SkyView EFIS, day/night LED lighting, Garmin comm radio, 406MHz ELT, Mode S transponder, durable matte interior paint, ergonomically designed seating, upholstered interior, aux input, and 12-volt power outlet. Standard pricing is $115,000.
Options include three-color premium paint scheme, ADS-B with traffic and weather, two axis autopilot, and color-matched wheel fairings. Those all come with the fully equipped version, the only option being Dick VanGrunsven's signature on the fuselage. A fully equipped factory-built RV-12 is priced at $123,000.
Wally Anderson of Synergy Air said aircraft deliveries in the second batch are expected to occur in the four- to six-month range. The first batch sold out in about 80 hours and informational packets were e-mailed this past week to those who expressed interest in purchasing one of the airplanes.
"It's really fun to be an American manufacturer," he said, stating that Synergy Air has grown from four employees last year to 18 today. Eventually Anderson says the production rate will ramp up to about 50 airplanes per year from its current production rate of about 30.
This past week potential customers who expressed interest in the first batch of aircraft received information about the latest availability. The first batch went fast, so those interested in acquiring one of the next ones should probably not hesitate. To learn more, visit the RV-12 website, or email Van's with any questions.