Zenith, the popular airplane kit company, is testing the waters for interest in what would be a travel trailer kit to be made with construction techniques similar to those used to build their popular 700 series utility airplanes.
If you want to build a plane that will make you the envy of everyone at the airport and have people lined up to see your plane everywhere you go, KIPAERO has just the kit for you. It is an authentic replica of a Sopwith 1½ Strutter complete with a Gnome rotary engine. The engine is reverse-engineered from a museum piece using modern metals and machining techniques, but otherwise is an exact copy of the original. Continue reading "Sopwith 1½ Strutter"
The long awaited RANS S-21 Outbound is finally here. It features all-metal construction with match-hole drilled skins and pull rivets throughout. The main structure is a chromoly steel cage with aluminum skins. The structure behind the cockpit is all aluminum. Interior layout is side-by-side and is similar to the existing S-20 Raven. The all-metal design adds about 70 pounds compared to a similarly equipped S-20, but the build time is cut roughly in half. All holes are finish-drilled and matched making it possible to simply cleco things together and start pull riveting almost immediately. Continue reading "RANS S-21"
Desser Tires, the recap people, has just introduced a 31-on how tundra tire to compete with Alaska Bushwheels. Desser says their tire and wheel is almost 10 pounds lighter that the competition. Continue reading "Desser Tundra 31" tires"
RANS Design Inc. has brought their new S-20 LSM to AirVenture. It is much like the more familiar S-20 that came out some four years ago (see KITPLANES July 2014), but the LSM features the metal wings of the new S-21 Outbound. This plane can be powered by either the Rotax 912 ULS 100 hp engine from the original S-20 Raven or a new 180 hp engine package featuring a Titan (Continental) IO-340 engine. Both versions are designed to comply with Light Sport rules but boast strength capabilities well beyond 1320 pounds gross weight for builders who wish to go that way. Continue reading "RANS S-20 LSM"