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"
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"
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"
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.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Shelly Miller of Rans aircraft told me today that the Titan O-340 engine will be available for the Raven S-20. It will be very exciting to see the performance increase on an already stellar performing aircraft such as the S-20. Continue reading "Rans Aircraft Announces Titan O-340 Availability for Raven S-20"
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!