Emirates builds its own aircraft

Emirates builds its own aircraft

RV 12 built by Emirates
RV 12 built by Emirates

Emirates has decided to build its own aircraft and recently unveiled the light sport aircraft globally. The two-seater RV 12 is six metres long built over a period of two years by a group of 40 trainees assembling 11,000 parts of the aircraft.

The build process started with the aircraft’s tailfin and rudder. Along the way, students learnt about the alignment of different sections, anti-corrosive treatments, painting, drilling, wiring, testing and approval processes. Click here to see the short video of the build process.

“The canopy and rear window proved to be a huge challenge as the thermoplastic glass had to be drilled without cracking,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates executive vice president and chief operations officer.

The propeller-driven aircraft, weighing in at 335 kilogrammes and with a wingspan of 8.1 metres. The RV 12 has a range of around 900 kilometres, a top speed of 217 kilometres per hour, and would just about make it to Doha, Salalah or Riyadh.

The aircraft will be used to promote Emirates’ UAE National training programmes. It will also be on display at the Dubai Air Show, scheduled to be held from 17-21 November at Al Maktoum International.

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