RANS S-21

The S-21 Outbound with the Rotax 100 hp engine. The Titan engine version has not yet been flight tested but will be soon.
The S-21 Outbound with the Rotax 100 hp engine. The Titan engine version has not yet been flight tested but will be soon.

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"

RANS S-20 LSM

The the new S-20 LSM with the optional Titan IO-340 engine. Photo courtesy of RANS Design, Inc.
The the new S-20 LSM with the optional Titan IO-340
engine. Photo courtesy of RANS Design, Inc.

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"

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. Continue reading "RANS S-21 Outbound"