Sadly for me, I won’t be buying one anytime soon but it truly is a nice little airplane and would be perfect for a “first-timer” entering the ownership club. It’s a quality built product with good performance for the category and is fairly inexpensive at $123,000 fully equipped (relatively speaking, of course). I’m somewhat surprised that I haven’t seen more of them pop up at flight schools but given that most flight schools tend to be in perpetual struggle to stay afloat I suppose I should manage my expectations on that particular front.
Below are some photos I took for your enjoyment. If you’re interested, you can get more information and see detailed specifications on the RV-12 website. Wikipedia has a decent bit of background information as well.