Aviation for Girls

2016

Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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20 AVIATION FOR Girls 2016 T he plane built as Eagle's Nest Projects across the country is a Van's Aircraft RV-12. Van's has been producing kit aircraft for more than 40 years and is the world leader in kit aircraft sales, with more than 9,000 aircraft flying. The RV-12's performance makes it economical to operate and an ideal airplane for training new pilots. It qualifies as a light-sport aircraft (LSA), making it eligible for pilots holding at least a sport pilot certificate to fly. LSA must adhere to a strict set of standards limiting weight and performance, and sport pilots have similar restric- tions on the types of aircraft they can fly, number of passengers they can carry, time of day they can fly, and airspace they can operate in. Because the airplane is not built in a factory it is certified as an experimental light sport aircraft (E-LSA). The word "experimental" might make it sound unsafe, but all it means is that the major portion of the airplane was built and assembled by some- one who undertook the construction for their own education or recreation. The air- craft still must be inspected by the FAA and comply with aeronautical standards. To learn more about the RV-12 visit www.VansAircraft.com. ✈ Van's Aircraft RV-12

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