Six days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds. That’s the amount of time 3,000 volunteers at EAA AirVenture this week will have to build an airplane.
At precisely 8 a.m. on July 23, work began on the One Week Wonder, a Van’s Aircraft RV–12iS. Once the clock started running, they were busy carefully unpacking the first of several crates to remove and sort parts.
Throughout the week, volunteers will learn to rivet and put that skill to work to assemble the RV–12is.
In 2014 the One Week Wonder was a Zenith CH 750. EAA wants to showcase the whole homebuilding industry, said Charlie Becker, director of chapters and communities and homebuilt community manager. The RV–12iS was chosen because of its popularity, ease of construction, and smooth flying characteristics, according to EAA. Van’s Aircraft will be celebrating the 10,000th RV flying during EAA AirVenture.
The light sport RV–12iS will feature a Rotax 912 iS engine and a Garmin panel. Other sponsors include Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Aeroleds, Amsafe, Andair, Bose, EarthX, Flightline Interiors, Newton Consulting, RAMI, Ray Allen, Scheme Designers, Sensenich, and Stein Air.
Scheme Designers has created three designs for the airplane. Visitors can stop by the One Week Wonder exhibit and vote for their favorite during the week.