Van's Takes RV-12 Assembly In-House

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The world’s largest kit aircraft manufacturer is about to become the world’s newest aircraft manufacturer. Van’s Aircraft has announced it will expand its Aurora, Oregon, facility to build its popular RV-12 light sport aircraft. Factory-built RV-12s have been available for several years but Van’s contracted out the building of them to Synergy Air. Van’s is now bringing the operation in house and building a new assembly line. It will continue its relationship with Synergy as a builder assist facility. “As the SLSA program has matured, Van’s has expanded its workforce and capabilities to include marketing and aircraft construction,” Van’s said in a news release. “This change represents the next logical step in both companies’ successful business growth.”

Van’s says there will be no price increase and pledges to maintain the build quality that Synergy achieved. “Synergy Air has been Van’s assembly partner since the launch of the RV-12 SLSA program and has done a tremendous job for Van’s and our customers,” the company said. The new factory will make the RV-12iS and RV-12-iST models and the move is not expected to affect delivery schedules for aircraft already on order. Aviation Consumer Editor Larry Anglisano reviewed the aircraft four years ago at the Light Sport Expo in Sebring.

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Comments (4)

Big -- albeit subtle - news.
I flew one of these things ... very nice handling airplane.

I suspect Vashon Aircraft's Ranger rollout may have had a little something to do with this move?
Now if we could just get "them" to increase the MGTOW of LSA to a more reasonable number.

Posted by: Larry Stencel | September 3, 2018 4:02 AM    Report this comment

I wonder if this is due to the planned LSA weight increase?

If anyone planned for such an event, I suspect Vans would be the one.

Posted by: Robert Ore | September 3, 2018 4:34 PM    Report this comment

Shortly after I made my comment above, I learned about the possibility of a LSA weight increase. That would be great. I heard nothing about it during my week at Airventure. Maybe it was an "ex parte" communication ergo Top Secret inside DOT?

I could imagine a much more capable and usable airplane -- therefore justifying the inflated costs of today's LSA's -- if the weight chains were either raised or removed. It could follow the RV-6 cum RV-7 model already established.

Posted by: Larry Stencel | September 4, 2018 2:41 AM    Report this comment

"justifying the inflated costs of today's LSA's "

The weight increase should help reduce the cost of today's LSAs, while driving up cost for any aditionql legacy aircraft that suddleny become LSA eligible.

Why would I buy a $120k RV-12 when I can purchase a C150 that now falls under light sport for $30k?

Posted by: Robert Ore | September 5, 2018 8:26 PM    Report this comment

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