What is the OEM price of the RV12 engine?
Last I heard, an IO540-C4 is about $60k, or about $40k uncertified.
OK; that is a Rotax 912ULS, at $18k. No wonder the whole kit costs a lot less.
Don’t the Alpi 300 and the RV-12 use the same Rotax 912 engine? I’d have guessed the difference in kit price between the two results from the RV-12 having fixed landing gear whereas I believe most Alpi 300s are retractable, plus the economy of scale that comes from Vans producing a lot of kits of all RV types.
Incidentally, the $18K price of an uncertified 100 HP Rotax 912 is roughly what people could otherwise pay to buy a run-out 150-180 HP engine and overhaul it for use in a larger RV link Some might also buy new 150-180 HP engines for prices in the range $26K-$29K link I’ve known several people consider building an Alpi 300 (it is a very attractive plane) but in the end, given the high price, they’ve ended up building RV-7s. The same is often true for RV-12 versus RV-7, unless you need a Light Sport aircraft for license or medical issues the RV-7 tends to make more financial sense.
The RV-12 is sold with “everything”.
For instance the cheapest “standard” option is the plane + 912 ULS + Dynon skyview HDX at a total of $67k. The sky is the limit with options, but the most expensive “standard” option is the plane + 912iS Sport + Garmin G3x touch with nav at $88k. The Alpi 300 cost €80k for the kit alone. Then add 912 iS and full Garmin G3X touch panel, and the price will be well above €120k. The Alpi 300 is wood and fabric, the RV-12 is all metal. I have no idea why the Alpi is so expensive, unless the kit is in a very finished state when you get it. Wood and fabric doesn’t cost 80k.
Few people go for the ULS these days when the iS Sport is a much better engine, and doesn’t cost that much more, not when the total package is 100k.
An RV-12 (which is similar in performance
The Pioneer cruises with 130KTAS whereas the RV12 does about 100KTAS (75%). That’s not quite “similar in performance”.
Yes, and the Alpi 300 LSA cruses at 220 km/h = 119 knots.