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. There are several features that make it a unique RV:The RV-12 meets the certification standards of the Light Sport Aircraft category and an RV-12 can be factory built for you to fly away!


The wings are quickly and easily removable. Using methods proven over decades in high-performance sailplanes, 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.


Extensive and thorough testing has demonstrated compliance with LSA performance and structural requirements. It is what we say it is and does what we say it does, and we have the test data to prove it! Extensive testing means the RV-12 is not the first LSA on the market, but it might be the best understood.


Powered by a Rotax 912ULS 100 hp engine. This rugged little engine hasn’t become the world-wide standard in light sport aircraft by accident. Extended real world experience has shown it to be durable, reliable, and economical. It can use either unleaded autogas or 100LL.


The RV-12 is equipped with a new ground-adjustable Sensenich composite propeller — light, smooth and affordable. The low empty weight allows a generous useful load — two 210 lb people, 20 gallons of fuel and 50 lbs of baggage — something rare in the Light Sport Category.


RV-12 Cutaway Specifications

Exterior Dimensions
  • Span: 26′ 9″
  • Length: 19′ 11″
  • Height: 8′ 4″
  • Wing Area: 127 sq. ft.
Weights: Empty Weight 740 lbs.
  • Gross Weight: 1320 lbs.
  • Wing Loading (gross weight): 10.4 lbs/sq. ft
  • Power Loadings (gross weight): 13.2 lbs/hp
  • Engine: Rotax 912ULS
  • Propeller: Sensenich Composite Ground Adjustable
  • Fuel Capacity: 20 US Gallons B72O8765 copy
  • Cabin Width: 43″
  • Baggage: 50 lbs.



  • Rotax 912ULS
  • Top Speed: 135 mph
  • Cruise (7500’ @ 5500 rpm): 131 mph
  • Cruise (7500’ @ 5000 rpm): 116 mph
  • Stall Speed: 47 mph
Ground Performance
  • Takeoff Distance: 700 ft.
  • Landing Distance: 525 ft.
  • Rate of Climb: 900 fpm
  • Ceiling: 13,800 ft.
  • Range (7500’ @ 5500 rpm): 555 miles
  • Range (7500’ @ 5000 rpm): 614 miles



Custom colors to match your style.

*Standard paint does not include pinstripe


“Do yourself a favor: If a low-wing, all-metal funship with wonderful handling and a good cruise are on your bucket list, don't fail to check out the Van's RV-12.” - Plane & Pilot Magazine
“The new RV-12 is truly a breakthrough airplane, and it will change the way you think about Van's Aircraft. This factory-built Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) is ready to fly, with no assembly required. So even if you've never touched a wrench, you can own one of these amazing airplanes.” -
“We think the company achieved its goal of building an LSA that offers light and responsive control feel without any bad habits that might get low-time pilots in trouble” - Aviation Consumer
“The RV-12 may be the most good-natured, docile, yet sporty LSA I've flown yet. It feels both sweet and a little sassy.” - Plane & Pilot Magazine
“The control response is light, nimble, solid, fighter plane-ish, and so natural and balanced, you feel like you've flown this bird all your life.” - Plane & Pilot Magazine
“In a market where most LSAs are slow sellers, Van’s hit the mark with the RV-12, delivering a model true to the company’s kit-built DNA while bridging the gap between the home-built and certified world.” - Flying Magazine
“With the RV-12, Van’s Aircraft created a light-sport aircraft that hit a sweet spot in the market while earning high marks from owners/builders.”


14401 Keil Road NE
Aurora, OR 97002 USA
Tel: 503-678-6545
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