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.

3 Replies to “RANS S-21 Outbound”

  1. 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.

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