Vashon Aircraft Launches Ranger R7

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Vashon Aircraft, a new company based near Seattle, Washington, said this week it’s ready to offer to the market its new S-LSA, the Ranger R7, which will sell for $99,500. Led by CEO John Torode, who is also the founder and CEO of the Dynon avionics company, the staff has been developing the aircraft for the last five years, company spokesperson Amy Bellesheim told AVweb on Wednesday. She said there are two copies now flying, which they plan to keep as demonstrators, and four airplanes on the assembly line that will be ready for sale in April. The base model, dubbed the Yellowstone, includes a Dynon SkyView panel and is powered by the Continental O-200-D engine. The airplanes are built in an assembly and delivery center at Paine Field.

Vashon uses pre-painted metal to save manufacturing cost, time and weight, the company said. This technique eliminates the need to paint the aircraft after assembly. Vashon also manufactures the vast majority of its own parts, reducing its supply chain, which further reduces the cost of the airplane as well as build time, the company said. Both seats fold forward 90 degrees, which transforms the cabin into a camper for adventurous flyers. The Ranger has a useful load of 445 pounds, a maximum cruise speed of 117 knots, and range of 430 NM. The airplane will be officially launched and introduced to the public this July at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, the company said.

Comments (4)

Great price; it's what the Skycatcher should have been.
Is it me or does it look like the stoner's plane from the movie "Fandago"?

Posted by: Mark Fraser | March 1, 2018 9:37 AM    Report this comment

How is this any different/better than the 162? My home-built cost me 1/3 as much and will fly circles around this (literally).

Posted by: Ken Keen | March 1, 2018 4:45 PM    Report this comment

"How is this any different/better than the 162?"

A couple of non-performance aspects come to mind: 1) It exists and will soon available for purchase. 2) It doesn't require thousands of hours to put together.

But to each, his own.

Posted by: Rollin Olson | March 2, 2018 3:32 PM    Report this comment

Unfortunately this plane seems to have the same Achilles heel as the 162 - useful load. At 445 lbs (as claimed on their website) you aren't going to go very far with two normal sized people. Makes me wonder why they decided to use the O-200 instead of a Rotax.

Posted by: Bob Smith | March 3, 2018 10:11 AM    Report this comment

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