VH – WKU is right now in hangar 5, waiting for permission to fly, C of A that is. Shortly it will start ground and taxi trials, followed by 1st flight and test flying schedule.
Building started in the north of Sydney back in 2014 and finished in October 2019 with airplane transport to YCNK hangar 5.
WKU is day VFR only and will be delightful to fly, as is the design concept of Vans RV 12
Avionics include Dynon Skyview 1000 with Autopilot and Garmin GTR 200 Coms radio with intercom.
Engine is the trusted 100 HP Rotax 912 ULS-2.
Gross weight 1320 lbs 599 KG
Cruise 5500 @ 7500 120 KTS
Range nil reserve 483 Nm
Cruise 5000 @ 7500 105 KTS
Range nil reserve 533 Nm
Stall flaps down Vso 41 KTS
Stall clean Vs 45 KTS
Fuel capacity 20 USG 75 LTS
Unusable fuel 4 USG
Fuel types 100 LL / 91 UL
Max engine power 100 HP @ 5800 rpm
Wing loading @1320 lbs 10.4 lbs/sq. ft
Power loading @1320 lbs 13.2 lbs/hp
Ext. dimensions span 26’ 9” length 19’ 11” height 8’ 4” cabin width 43”
Wing area 127 sq. ftWe
UPDATE: March 6th 2020
Good Friday here, as my RV-12 CoA phase 1 was approved today by Dave Tennant. Now the bird is ‘legal’ for airborne movement, after some Ground testing of course.
BIG Thanks for your support, specially Eddie and Peter K, when the chips were down.
Sunny weekend to all.
Update: 14th July 2020
Starting with Werner’s RV-12 news in February, progress to get the Little White plane flying has been made. WKU now waits in Hangar 8, right opposite the club house entrance. Several engine run-ups were done successfully, with the brakes getting a check. One cylinder was not retracting correctly and you could hear it ‘working’ all over the airfield. Pitot / Static testing and Tank calibration has been completed. Taxi trials are just about completed. Next step is First Flight and Flight testing. These items need careful preparation and consideration, due to risk and aircraft testing management. Planned to start during July.
Naturally there will be extra rectification required, but then it’s just part of the Fun.
Update: 26th August 2020
First Flight !!
It has finally happened today over the Hunter Valley in near perfect wx conditions. First T/O and Landing of my completed RV-12.
Van’s grin attached.
Congratulations Werner – From all at Hunter Recreational Flying Club
UPDATE: 27th November 2020
25 hours “test flying” has been completed!