RANS S-21 Outbound

RANS S-21 Outbound

The much anticipated RANS S-21 made its debut yesterday at Sun 'n Fun after being delayed by Tuesday's storm. The S-21 is a departure from RANS' standard practice in that it is all metal. The basic structure is a welded steel cage with an aluminum skin. Aluminum panels are attached to the cage and each other with pull rivets going into match-drilled holes.

The S-21 project started out with plans for the use of the Titan 340 engine, but there was so much clamor for a light sport version that the plane now has a Rotax 912 ULS engine. A version with the larger engine should be ready well before AirVenture.

David Prizio

Dave Prizio has been plying the skies of the L.A. basin and beyond since 1973. Born into a family of builders, it was only natural that he would make his living as a contractor and spend his leisure time building airplanes. He has so far completed three—a GlaStar, a Glasair Sportsman, and a Texas Sport Cub—and is helping a friend build an RV-8. When he isn’t building something, he shares his love of aviation with others by flying Young Eagles or volunteering as an EAA Technical Counselor. He is also an A&P mechanic, Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), and a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

4 Replies to “RANS S-21 Outbound”

  1. I really like this one. Seems to have good top end speed, Nice short field ability, and fast construction!

  2. Had a chance to look over the S-21 on Saturday. As a S-19 builder, I can see where Randy used the lessons learned from the S-19 to improve the producibility of the S-21. It looks like a winner to me, whether you go LSA with the Rotax or go with the Titan 340 for a higher cruise and shorter takeoff run. I think you could get a similar fuel burn with the 340'if you throttled back to the Rotax crusing speed. Factor in the quality and completeness of the Rans kit and Rans has a winner here.

  3. Hey, guys! Had a chance to meet Randy and his crew at Sun N Fun 2018. Also flew in the S21. The performance was good with the Rotax, climb and crews were decent. I wish I had realized that the Raven had the Titan 340 in it. I would have also taken a test flight in that to compare the difference. Anyway, of all the planes I tested at this event, the S21, in my opinion, was head and shoulders above all the others. Randy's attention to detail, quality, and simple functionality make his products second to none. You simply can't go wrong with the purchase of his products.

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