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Old 10-25-2019, 09:52 AM
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Question SE Michigan RV-12s & Sport Pilot Training?

Hello all, new VAF member here from Belleville, MI, right next to Willow Run (KYIP). I'm not a pilot yet but do have some hours under my belt from pursuing my PPL. I actually started building an RV-10 empennage, but for various reasons that and the PPL have been on hold. I'm thinking going the sport pilot route would be best for me right now and so I'm considering building an RV-12, but I'd love to check one out in person first. I read through a few other threads on this same topic and jotted down some names to possibly PM, but the latest thread is three years old so I figured I'd canvas again to get the most current info.

So, anyone with an RV-12 in my area willing to show it off to a potential new builder?

Also, anyone know of any sport pilot training in this area? Seems like most flight schools have moved away from LSA. I wish I lived closer to Giving Wings Aviation, it would be awesome to train in an RV-12!
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Old 10-25-2019, 12:39 PM
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There was one for sale near Muenster something in MI last week, but I think it sold. At Zender airfield. tail # is n952wt... look it up and see if you can take a peek.
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:38 PM
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Bobby - Iím building a 10 close by you in Superior Township. Shoot me a private message if you continue to build your 10. Working on the fuselage now. Empennage complete.

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Old 10-25-2019, 10:12 PM
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Worst case, you could at least get a ride and a look at the SLSA RV-12 at Giving Wings. Hopefully some folks will chime in here, but next week if you still need help trying to locate one in your area, let me know and I'll see what we can look up for you.
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Old 10-26-2019, 02:13 PM
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Hi Bobby I have built a 12 here in Frankenmuth Mi (66G)

I would highly recommend the folks at Traverse City for flight training and rv12 checkouts.

Would be glad to discuss building or show the aircraft .

Best of luck.

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Old 10-28-2019, 07:57 AM
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Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Bill - I will PM you, would love to see your plane and discuss the build!

NinerBikes - it looks like you found Bill's plane.

Greg - thanks for the advice, I may make it to TC yet.

MSEYEFLY - thanks, I'll keep you in mind.
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Old 10-28-2019, 12:53 PM
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Yeah, I liked Bill's build and lack of weight from not adding much paint except the fiberglass.

Just couldn't find a way to get it to CA with how the weather is this time of year, short of putting it inside an enclosed trailer, for the long drive back home.

Maybe some day I'll find an unpainted bird for sale, as it suits me just fine. Thinking to myself, I'd rather fly than build, at this stage in life, very busy with a 92 yr old father and taking care of him, leaves limited building time.

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Old 10-28-2019, 07:18 PM
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Hello all, new VAF member here from Belleville, MI, right next to Willow Run (KYIP). I'm not a pilot yet but do have some hours under my belt from pursuing my PPL. I actually started building an RV-10 empennage, but for various reasons that and the PPL have been on hold. I'm thinking going the sport pilot route would be best for me right now and so I'm considering building an RV-12, but I'd love to check one out in person first. I read through a few other threads on this same topic and jotted down some names to possibly PM, but the latest thread is three years old so I figured I'd canvas again to get the most current info.

So, anyone with an RV-12 in my area willing to show it off to a potential new builder?

Also, anyone know of any sport pilot training in this area? Seems like most flight schools have moved away from LSA. I wish I lived closer to Giving Wings Aviation, it would be awesome to train in an RV-12!
I know it is a drive but the guys at Lapeer flight training in Caro do LSA training in a really nice Sling 2. The nice part with the Sling is that it is at least similar to the RV-12.

I assume they still do anyway.

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Old 10-28-2019, 08:36 PM
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There are two RV-12s based at 57D and one other that drops in occasionally.
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:33 AM
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I know it is a drive but the guys at Lapeer flight training in Caro do LSA training in a really nice Sling 2. The nice part with the Sling is that it is at least similar to the RV-12.

I assume they still do anyway.

Carl
Nice, thanks Carl. I have family near there, I'll check it out.
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