RANS at Oshkosh 2012

By Randy Schlitter
RANS booth at Airventure 2012
It was a great show! The weather both to and from Osh was “non-eventful”. The weather during the show was a variety pack, swinging from hot and humid to soaking rains, high winds, and even a day or two with perfect temps and a light breeze. The turn-out was a steady flow of very interested pilots and pilot wanna-bes. First, I would like to send many thanks to of all our faithful owners who helped at various tasks through-out the week.  The cook-out went amazingly smooth (again), which means it will have to continue every year. Second, thanks to my staff! We had a stellar team composed of Mark Pringle and his fiancé Alina from Rocky Mountain Kit Planes, Evan Mahoney, who runs our aircraft assembly operations, Jana Morenz, aircraft sales, me, and my lovely first mate Shelly Miller. The week went by fast, and it was very productive.  We sold several planes and the phone has been ringing since. Highlights below:
Our crew from left to right: Mark Pringle, Alina Davis, Randy Schlitter, Michele Miller, Evan Mahoney, and Jana Morenz.

2013 S-6S *Editors Note: (Plane is now known as the S-20 please check back soon for more details on this exciting new aircraft!

We brought in a fuselage mock-up by trailer to show off all the changes, which are listed below. The large baggage compartment was occupied by “Ace” the entire week, a stuffed border collie. Ace was the most photographed member of our staff!  Many thought he was a real dog, and by the weeks end, I was having serious conversations with him; mostly accolades on the good job he was doing.

This was a common site all week, Ace was happy to get the attention.
Ace never barked or complained, even when barely rescued from the violent down pour and high winds, even stuffed dogs shake off the water when wet!
This is one fine looking and flying plane! With the turbo it flattens mountains and makes it into high elevation strips with ease.
Mark Flew his beautiful plane in from his airport, West Desert Airpark, 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.
A brand new S-6LS was on hand. This plane featured the new engine install, which drops at least 10 pounds off the nose. The plane weighed in at 700 pounds, allowing 620 pounds of payload. Many were impressed with this, and the good news is we expect the payload to be even higher. The new S-6S gains no weight going to welded steel, plus other changes, such as carbon cowling, and a lighter battery. Expect weights a few pounds fewer than 700 and right at that for fully equipped planes.
This brand new S-6LS showed off the fine craftsmanship that comes out of factory.
New Fuselage: The aluminum tubes in the tailcone have been replaced with chromoly steel. This fully welded assembly is our answer to the many requests for an all welded tube steel fuselage, like the S-7S.

More Fuel:  The increased fuel capacity from 18 to 26 gallons will add 1 to 1. 5 hours of endurance. The tanks feature the slick flush caps that are not only more aerodynamic, but much easier to use, meaning less spilled fuel.

New Spars: We increased the wall thickness on the main spar to gain an 8% increase in stiffness. This will be present in all our models featuring the 3” tube spars. The rear spars are made from sheet metal. The accumulative changes should make this already fine handling plane one of the best among high wing two seat side by side offerings.

Slotted Flaps: With the new rear spar we have the chance to improve the flaps. The plan is to go to slotted flaps which should offer a higher CL and allow lower stall speeds.

Light Roll Rate: The changes to the wing also allowed us to incorporate Frise style ailerons for light fast handling.

Sliding Seats: You now can adjust the seats fore and aft 4” while sitting. The seats feature a 4 position pin system that is operated by lifting a lever on the inside flank of the seat bottom.


Enlarged Baggage: By changing the design of the station 3 we were able to open the baggage aft. This will be a big boon to those of you into air camping. It even makes a nice place for your canine friend to ride along.


New Cowling and Cooling system: A lighter, simpler to install cooling system using the Rotax radiator also comes with a carbon cowling as standard.


S-19 Venterra

We spruced up the demo with new seats and canopy trim paint, now with over 300 hours, and going strong without any issues. The #1 19 has over 700 hours and going strong.
The other mock-up was a chunk of an S-19 fuselage that showed off the beginnings of the Lycoming IO-233 install. The mock-up is the actual static test item that went through hell during certification. Onlookers were happy to have easy viewing of the inner workings of this fine plane.  As always we are compared to other all metal low wings, and it is comforting to note how our plane is gaining favor. The S-19 is built for the long haul, and has a much beefier structure over most all planes in its class. This is very apparent when you are able to compare the plane to the competition by simply walking across the road.

Lycoming IO-233 General Information

Somewhat similar to their O-235, Lycoming's IO-233-LSA is lighter, and designed for light sport aircraft. This new engine produces 116 HP at 2800 RPM or 100 HP at 2400 RPM. Fuel burn is 4.5 GPH at 65% power and the TBO is 2400 hours.
Other features:
- Dual Electronic Spark Ignition
- Throttle Body Fuel Injection
- Lightweight 14V Alternator
- Optimized Oil Sump
- Streamlined Accessory Housing
- High Speed Induction System
- Lightweight Starter
- Roller Tappets
 Engine: $22,300 (price subject to change without notice)


Two Fire Wall Forward Kits, Basic and Complete

Two kits will be offered, one very basic where the builder supplies most of the finishing parts, and RANS supplies the custom elements. The other kit is complete in the tradition of a typical RANS engine install kit. We will have more accurate pricing and detailed listing of what is included in both kits, but below is our current guess.


Basic Firewall Forward Kit Includes: $2,675*

  1. Engine mount
  2. Rubber Isolators
  3. Cowling
  4. Spinner

Complete Firewall Forward Kit Includes: $7,020*

  1. Engine mount
  2. Rubber isolators
  3. Exhaust system
  4. Baffles
  5. Cowling
  6. Cowling fasteners
  7. Oil cooler
  8. Induction filter
  9. Prop
  10. Prop bolts
  11. Prop spacer
  12. Spinner with backing plate pre-drilled
  13. Throttle control
  14. Mixture control
  15. Crank case breather tube
  16. Battery
  17. Battery cables
  18. Starter solenoid
  19. Electric fuel pump
  20. Fuel lines
  21. Fuel line clamps
  22. Hardware to bolt on engine
  23. Aeroduct hose
  24. Hose clamps
  25. Mis. Hardware

* Suggested retail prices, standard spec and prices subject to change without notice


S-7S Courier

Mark Pringle’s beautiful S-7S with the turbocharged 912 was on display. The plane is set up for serious back country flying, with 26” Alaskan Bushwheels, VG’s, and Skyview in the panel. The plane showed off Marks amazing talent as a builder and what you will get if you opt for his builder assist program. His location is 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, close to some very fun back country flying. Mark has been a great influence on the S-7 program over years, championing many improvements that have helped evolve the Courier into the great plane it is today.  I have flown his plane and have to say the VG’s turn it into such a pussy cat! If you are interested in Mark’s builder assist program contact him at: 


Rocky Mountain Kitplanes
614 N 18150 W
Fairfield, Utah 84013
Ph: (801) 766-0160
Email: mark@rmkplanes.com

Website: www.rmkplanes.com

Airventure a Good Venture?

The past two years has restored my excitement about Airventure. Even though we are located in the “north 40” and less people seem to come our way, we get a steady flow of interested parties. Is the show an ideal place to sell planes? No it is not. I have a list of issues, all of which seem to be absent at shows like Sebring, which are totally void of airshow activity, restrictions to doing demos and access to runways. No show is perfect.  Airventure has been a changing since the focus has gone somewhere else (many of us vendors are trying to define where that focus is). The bottom line is, the show does produce sales and we thank those who attend and make a purchase.  Not to mention the flow of sales that come weeks, months, even years after. We also appreciate your attendance, without you the show does not go on. But…and there is a but; EAA needs help in defining its direction. Here is where you come in.  Member or not, you have a voice and you are the ones spending the money to be there. Write the EAA and voice your opinion of the show.  They need your feed-back and they need to be reacting to the real concerns, which can only come from those who experience the show as you do.

The total aircraft on the field was well over 2 dozen, several gathered at the row reserved right next to the booth.

Action at the Cookout

Shelly served up a fast moving line of hungry pilots
Jana can be found always smiling and ready to lend a hand!
A young pilot to be!
Now that is a classic RANS “T”…got plane!
Alina and Mark flipping burgers and dogs!

The tent provided a patch of shade well used by attendees of the cookout.  The airshow was blazing away while we visited and enjoyed the good food and company.

Ami Sela’ S-19 from St. Minnesota,  shows off a toothy paint job, a really fancy panel, and some nice touches in seating. 
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