Many factors were considered when selecting the RV-12 for Eagle's Nest Projects. The manufacturer's history, the mission of the aircraft, the skill level of the builders, and economy are all important considerations. Van's Aircraft has been producing kit aircraft for over 40 years and are the world leader in kit aircraft sales, with over 8000 planes flying. The RV-12's performance makes it very versatile. It is entry-level in difficulty, and has excellent resale value.
In 2004, the FAA passed the Sport Pilot Rule. It defined a new category of Aircraft, called "Light Sport Aircraft" (LSA) as well a new Sport Pilot License for pilots. Light Sport Aircraft must adhere to a strict set of standards limiting their weight and performance. Sport Pilots have similar restrictions. Combined, the new Light Sport Aircraft and the new Sport Pilot certificate lower the barrier of entry for new aviators.
The Van's RV-12 is economical, very well documented, and has the largest pool of experienced mentors. Light Sport Aircraft fall into one of two categories: Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA) and Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (ELSA). The difference between an SLSA and an ELSA is that the first is built in a factory, while the other is built by amateurs. ELSA aircraft must adhere to the manufacturer's instructions and specifications just as if it was built in a factory. In a nutshell, they are all identical except for the hands that built them. Van's now offers an SLSA version, also.
Van's RV-12 is an ideal training platform for new pilots. It's economical to operate, easy to maintain and takes up little hangar space. For more information on the RV-12, please visit the RV-12 website.