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"
The Rotax Flying and Safety Club (RFSC) and BRP-Rotax are offering information sessions conducted by experienced RFSC instructors during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 in Wisconsin, U.S.A., the world's largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts. Continue reading "Rotax Info Sessions Schedule at AirVenture 2018"
We're spending a few days in the Idaho back country, and stopped by the Kitfox headquarters in Homedale before heading in to the mountains. Saw the big, bad STi sitting there with a new engine (Las time we saw it, the nose was sporting a Lyclone), and we just had to try it. Liked it so much that we stole it for a few days and will pop around to the wilderness strips while Louise takes our Tundra. Continue reading "Stole it!"
Sonex Aircraft introduced a new product from AeroConversions: Rotax Engine Mount Attach Bars. Developed for Sonex/Rotax 912-series engine mounts, AeroConversions Rotax Attach Bars can also be used for custom Rotax 912 engine mounts on any experimental aircraft. Continue reading "Sonex Introduces Rotax Engine Mount Attach Bars"
Kitplanes was there for the first flight of the new RV-12iS in early July, and we were given a chance to evaluate the kit and aircraft improvements with a flight soon after. From a pilot's perspective, the RV-12iS handles like the original--responsive and stable, an excellent training or sport platform. The improved cockpit includes a new center-console throttle which feels quite natural, and fast-acting electric flaps to replace the manual flap handle of the original. Both add to the human factors of the cockpit in a positive way. Top speed of the new RV-12iS is limited to 120 knots, per LSA regulations, so the improvement in performance with the iS is most noticeable in an increased climb rate and better efficiency. Continue reading "Kitplanes Flies the New RV-12iS!"
BRP-Rotax' latest aircraft engine development, the Rotax 915 iS aircraft engine, was awarded with the German aviation magazine aerokurier's Innovation Award "powertrain of the future" during the AERO Friedrichshafen, the largest trade show for general aviation in Europe. Continue reading "Rotax 915 iS Aircraft Engine Awarded "Powertrain of The Future""