Rans Debuts All-Metal Design
Rans Aircraft has its latest new kit airplane design on static display at EAA AirVenture this week, the S-21 Outbound, featuring a 180-hp Titan engine and STOL capability. “This is exciting for us,” said designer Randy Schlitter, “building a big two-seater with a lot of power and aerodynamics that allow both a 150-mph-plus cruise and STOL credentials, and building in features that make assembly easier and more accurate than ever.” The S-21 is an all-metal high-wing design, and can be built as either a tricycle-gear or a taildragger. It’s also the highest-payload design ever from Rans, ready to carry 625 pounds for pilot, passenger and cargo, plus full fuel.
Proprietary extruded spars for the leading and trailing edges make the wing cleaner and easier to build, Rans says. “This should be the fastest-build kit we’ve ever offered,” said Schlitter. “Final-size matched holes in the sheet metal prevent most mistakes for a first-time builder, too.” The finished powder-coated sheet metal will stand up to years in the sun, the company says. Main wheels and tires can range from open or enclosed 8.00-series to 26-inch wheels ready for bush flying. Rans can be found in the North Exhibit area, Booth 620-621.