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Old 07-12-2017, 07:40 AM
JDBoston JDBoston is offline
 
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Default Demo Ride at Osh this year?

I am hoping to get a demo ride in the RV-12 this year at Oshkosh. Any idea if those are going to be available at Vans?
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:54 AM
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They were last year. It was first come first served, Qualifications included being at least a student pilot, and never had an RV demo before. Had to be there at the tent in the AM before they open and hope for a demo slot later that day.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:09 AM
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A few years back when I got my demo ride I was there Monday morning when the gates opened and sprinted to the Van's tent. Amazingly, quite a few people were already there but I did get my name on the list ... unfortunately, had to wait until Thursday morning which was the earliest Van's was planning on giving rides in the RV-12 ... but it was worth it.

If you want to insure you can get a ride in the 12 suggest you be at the Van's tent first thing Monday morning .... the slots fill up very fast.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:28 AM
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Default Demo Ride!

Getting a demo ride at OSH may not be the best place to get this done. It's a very busy and intense time with customers 10 deep asking tons of questions. Might I suggest requesting a ride in a locally privately owned RV12 in your area by just posting it here on the 12 forum. There are a few 12 s in your area that might be able to grant your request. That would be a more relaxing environment where you could ask as many questions as you desire. Also check the OSH forum list to see if there is a presentation on the building process. If you a going to build consider taking the sheet metal forum also. Good Luck?
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:49 AM
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Getting a demo ride at OSH may not be the best place to get this done. It's a very busy and intense time with customers 10 deep asking tons of questions. Might I suggest requesting a ride in a locally privately owned RV12 in your area by just posting it here on the 12 forum.
Or both .. I was lucky enough to go up in their -7 at Osh last year. The demo was short (a few turns and a stall out over the lake), but the flight was the highlight of the week for me... (I think it was the scenery...)
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:54 AM
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John,
Thanks for the information. As many know (and my signature) I am building a 14 and have built at least half of an RV-9 tail kit in the past so the building part I am quite familar with at this point.

I am only dipping my toes in the RV-12 waters and you are correct local is better and I will do that. I was trying to either start the fire or extinguish it this year at OSH as my mission may be changing.
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:46 AM
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Default WARNING, VERY EXPENSIVE RIDE!

Demo rides have been known to cost many many thousands of dollars. It varies, but I have known pilots that spent well over $100,000 as a result of one innocent demo ride. I only bring this up because I was a victim.

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Old 07-12-2017, 09:48 AM
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Demo rides have been known to cost many many thousands of dollars. It varies, but I have known pilots that spent well over $100,000 as a result of one innocent demo ride. I only bring this up because I was a victim.

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