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"


Randy Schlitter, owner of RANS, shows if his latest work in progress, what will become the S-21. This high wing utility airplane will be a departure from his typical light sport-compliant kits. The prototype is fitted with conventional gear, but a trike version will also be offered. Continue reading "RANS S-21"

Lategan Rans S9 Chaos

Lategan Rans S9 Chaos


My Rans S9 Chaos kit was delivered to me here in Thailand in March 2006. Completion to first flight was the 23rd December 2015, due to all the usual delays, work interference, etc. The engine is a Rotax 582, giving sporty performance on the little single seater. Cruise is about 75 mph with about 1000+ fpm regularly seen on the VSI. It hasn't been upside down yet; but certainly it's a fun airplane. Not one to finish one project before starting another, I got a Sonex OneX kit about three years ago and have about three months into that one now, so look out for that completion some time in the next decade.

Gerry Lategan
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Glenn and Gwen Mathis' RANS S-19

Mathis Rans S-19

After almost fours years and 1,315 hours of work, our RANS S-19 - N519GM took to the skies the evening of January 2nd, 2012. The first flight went perfectly with no issues.

The plane is equipped with Dynon D100/D120 7" screens, Trigg TT-21 Mode S, Garmin GMA-240 Audio, Garmin 396 GPS, Vertical Power VP-50, XCOM 760 Radio. Paint is DuPont base coat/clear coat and empty weight came in at 800 lb.

I would like to thank my wife and kids for all their help as well as the crew at Rans. Their help made this all possible! As of this writing the plane has 634 hourson it and has made several trips from SE Texas to the Idaho/Montana backcountry, Triple Tree in South Carolina and South Dakota. After all that's what it's all about!

Glenn Mathis
EAA 1515