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. Continue reading "RANS S-21 Outbound"
Verner Motor showed off its new 9-cylinder radial engine in Steve Wolf's one-off scaled-down aerobatic airplane. The new engine makes 158 hp for three minutes and 136 hp continuously. It should be a good fit for homebuilders looking for that vintage look. Continue reading "Verner Radial Engine"
The popular RANS S-20 came to Sun 'n Fun this year with a new engine, the Titan 340, which makes 180 hp. The S-20 with a Rotax 912 was never known for being light on power, so you can imagine how it jumps off the ground with all that extra thrust. Climbs are spectacular. Continue reading "RANS S-20 is Sprightly with a Titan 340 Engine"
CubCrafters has a new pair of Experimental Super Cub-type planes available now. The EX-3 is a traditional build-it-yourself kit and the FX-3 is put together with factory assistance. These models build on the success of the EX-2, which is still available. The new -3 models feature a larger engine and constant speed prop. Continue reading "CubCrafters' Duo"
The first two hours of Sun n Fun 2018 were great, and then came the rain and the the lightning. At 4 PM is was still coming down, the outside vendors had hunkered down and headed for the bars, and so did just about everyone else.
Glasair Aviation is alive and well selling Sportsman kits and continuing with their popular two-weeks-to-taxi program, however the eponymous Glasair airplane is now officially retired. The last kit is sold, the molds are shot, so the end has come. The plane that invented "fast glass" is no more. They will continue to grace the skies for many years to come, but anyone who wants to build one will have to scour the resale market for kits or parts. Continue reading "Glasair Aviation Retires the Glasair Model"