The design of the S-7 originated out of the need to train Coyote I pilots; so the cockpit was set up the same with throttle left, stick in the middle. Named the Courier in honor of one of my favorite planes, The Helio Courier, the S-7 must have inherited some Helio spirit, since it also is very STOL.
Built with keeping-it-simple in mind the original plane weighed in at only 390 pounds with a 503 Rotax. It flew very well for the low horsepower, but soon was fitted to the 65 HP 532.
Over the years the basic plane stayed true to form, a light, simple plane, with traditional construction, minus the traditional headaches. However, in 2001 the S-7C, a much-refined version, was certified under the primary category. This plane represents 7 years of process to obtain the Type Certificate. In 2003 we introduced the S-7S, the kit form of the "C", and enjoy strong sales of this very much-refined fun flyer. The S-7S also complies with the new Sport Plane Rule.
Because the S-7S complies with the standards for sport planes we will be able to offer this plane in ready to fly form. Designated the S-7LS, this form of a ready to fly Courier is in production with deliveries being made all over the USA and beyond.
For $89,000 you can purchase a fully equipped S-7LS, with such amenities, as Garmin moving map GPS/COM, and Transponder. The S-7LS is a practical plane as well as a fun sport plane.
If you have the desire to build, the S-7S is a kit like few others. The level of detail to the manual, finish and quality of parts, and refined level of design will reinforce what a sound investment in sport flying the S-7S is. When completed you will have built your own version of our certified Courier. the enjoyment and value of this expereince with be affirmed every time you open the throttle and the wheels quickly leave the ground, placing you at the stick of the new classic in town.
4130 welded fuselage and tail frames
Tubular aluminum wing structure
Pitot static system
Acrylic Molded Windshield
Aero-Servo Differential ailerons
Ball bearing aircraft control pulleys
Cable operated rudder and ailerons
Push-pull tube operated elevator
Double stainless steel tail braces
Pre-drilled streamline aluminum struts
Adjustable aft lift strut
4130 streamline jury struts
Exit fairings for control rods and cables
Molded wing tips
26 Gallon fuel system (13 gal. in each wing with sight gauges), Flush Fuel Caps
60” wide curved doors on each side with double vents
Upholstered adjustable seats
4-point lap and shoulder belts w/front seat inertia reel
Dual controls: throttles, control sticks, rudder pedals, brakes
Electric elevator trim mounted to forward control stick with indicator on panel
Spring steel landing gear with fairings
Hydraulic 6.00 X 6 wheels and brakes
Full-swivel steerable tailwheel
Control stick torque-tube upholstered covers
Station 3 bulkhead closeout
Aft rudder cable guard
Side mounted battery service hatch
AN hardware and fasteners
1-piece fiberglass boot cowl with flush joggle seams for cowling
Pre-cut floor boards w/aluminum wear plate
Placards and decals
Pre-fabricated battery cables
Monster gear bushings
ENGINE INSTALL KIT EQUIPMENT
Stainless Steel Firewall
2-piece fiberglass cowl with 1/4 turn fasteners & oil check door
Dyna Focal engine mount
Stainless steel exhaust system
Pre-assembled oil lines with fire sleeves, fuel lines and fittings
Muffler style heat
ACS ignition switch
Pre-fabricated starter and ground cables
The S-7S Courier is a FAA Approved 51% Kit in Standard or Quick Build Form – No welding required.
BUILD TIME: 500-700 HOURS
QUICK BUILD TIME 250-350 HOURS
MANUALS PROVIDED ON CD
PAPER COPY (available at extra cost)
KIT AND OPTION INFORMATION
Airframe Kit Less Firewall Forward
Airframe Kit including all Standard Features (available as a Taildragger only)
ENGINE INSTALL KIT
Rotax 912S ULS install kit (less engine) Includes everything to install engine:
engine mount, fuel lines, oil and water system, heater, carb-heat, spinner, and cowling. ACS ignition switch. Pre-fabricated starter and ground cables.
(Does not include engine, propeller, or propeller installation hardware.)
Rotax 912 ULS (100 hp) available factory new.
Due to currency fluctuation, prices are updated frequently. Please call for current pricing.
2-Blade Sensenich ground adjustable composite
3-Blade Sensenich ground adjustable composite
3-Blade Warp Drive ground adjustable w/HP-L hub
QUICK BUILD OPTIONS
The S-7S Quick BuildOption Includes:
Fuselage welded, internal corrosion protection added,
powder coated, covered, battery box and access door
installed and fitted
Baggage assembled, aft floor boards drilled
Wings assembled, covered, wires for AVEO LED Strobes installed, fuel system installed, with fuel lines plumbed and
ready to integrate into fuselage.
COM and ELT antenna mounts installed
Gear legs pre-drilled
Flaps and ailerons, assembled and covered
Tail frames powder coated, assembled and covered
Door frames powder coated, and covered
Quick Build available with 2 or 3 color paint options
(Seats, seatbelts, station 3 closeout, control covers, placards, windshield, jack mounts and cabin fuel System, etc.)
ENGINE INSTALL KIT
Rotax 912 ULS install kit (less engine) Includes everything to install engine:
stainless steel firewall, engine mount, fuel lines, oil and water system, heater, carb-heat, spinner, and cowling. ACS ignition switch.
Pre-fabricated starter and ground cables.
(Does not include engine, propeller, or propeller installation hardware.)
Crating/packing costs are included in pricing; Countries requiring treated wood subject to additional crating fee.
All orders are shipped freight collect unless prior arrangements have been made to pre-pay shipping. Customer pick-ups welcome. See “Shipping Information” page.
Wing Span 29 ft 3 in
Area 147.1 sq ft
Mean Chord 5 ft
Length 23 ft 3 in
Height 6 ft 3 in
Cockpit Width 30 in
Headroom Front/Rear 42 in/36 in
Legroom Front/Rear 41.5 in/40 in
Number of Seats 2
Landing Gear * F/TD
Baggage Volume 10 cubic ft
Baggage Capacity 50 lbs
Fuel Capacity 26 gal US
Take Off Roll 325 ft
Rate of Climb 850 fpm
Service Ceiling 14,500 ft
Cruise 110 mph
VNE 130 mph
Stall Clean 39 mph
Stall Flaps 33 mph
Roll Rate 70o / sec
Glide Ratio 8:1
Landing Roll 340 ft
Endurance 5.2 hrs
Range 572 miles
THESE TERMS OF PURCHASE REFER TO ALL RANS AIRCRAFT KIT PURCHASES.
A 50% deposit is required and 100% on Props & Engines, to confirm an order. This initial deposit can be made with a certified check, wire transfer, money order, company check or personal check.
The balance of your payment is due prior to ship out. RANS will make every effort to contact you plenty of time in advance of the ship out date so that this final payment does not hold up your order. Final payment should be made with a certified check, money order, or a wire transfer.
Sales tax is not added to shipments that are shipped out of the state of Kansas. Shipments within the state of Kansas will be charged sales tax at the rate of the delivery destination. For out of state customers picking up a kit at the factory, the customer must complete a notarized sales tax affidavit that defers sales tax to your state of residence.
With the purchase of a RANS kit, you are entitled to buy the Rotax engine directly from RANS. We do our best to keep the price as low as possible. The price will be our published price at the time of purchase.
The warranty period (6 months or first 100 hours whichever comes first) must begin within 1 year of delivery. For many home building projects this is not an adequate time frame to be finished and flying. And even for those folks who plan to finish in a short period of time, unexpected circumstances sometimes change these plans. Order your engine about 12-14 weeks before you will be ready to install it. Customer pays freight charges on all engine shipments, no matter if shipped with the kit or shipped separately later.
Depending upon production demands, delivery dates vary. Please inquire at the time of purchase about current delivery times. Kits (without any pre-built or quick build options) are usually shipped in 8-12 weeks. However, during high demand times this time can run longer. Quick build kit delivery times vary widely and are strictly dependent upon the number and extent of projects already on the schedule. An expected delivery date will be given at the time of order.
However, this is not a guarantee and is subject to change.
Our inventory and production emphasis are based on what is ordered. Therefore, it is difficult to change an order once confirmed. Custom made or ordered items cannot be changed without cost. (For example, changing the color scheme after the skins are already sewn.)
Due to custom nature of our product, orders are transferrable, but cancellations are not allowed and will result in loss of deposit.
We make every effort to send out your order complete. However, experience has shown that this cannot always be the case. Many items we use are highly specialized and many are supplied by only one vendor. When a vendor without warning changes a lead-time from 3-4 weeks to 3-4 months it means we might not have this item in stock. We do send out backorders (not including engines, see #4) at our expense as quickly as we receive them. In some cases back orders are sent F.O.B.
We check and re-check and are 99.9% certain that if we say we shipped it, we did. The first task in building your kit is to inventory the parts using the packing list provided. It's your job to keep all parts organized and accounted for upon receiving your kit. We can not provide ìmissingî parts cost free after 60 days.
Because we deal with several vendors of props (Warp Drive, and Sensenich), all propellers are considered special orders and cannot be returned or exchanged! Because of variations in engines, flying conditions, function of the RPM gauge, variations in the prop itself, and other numerous factors, performance can vary considerably. We will do our best to provide the information you need to order a prop that will do the best job. However, because of variations, we cannot guarantee performance.
A RANS kit aircraft is purchased as a complete kit. The only exceptions are kits sold less engine and less firewall forward. RANS will not accept for credit unused items from the original kit.
We cannot guarantee continued supply of any items outside scope of our manufacture. This includes, but is not limited to engines, props, instruments, and sensors for instrumentation, wheels, brakes, tires, and so forth.
This policy pertains to the purchase of the aircraft kit. Parts and options ordered later will be handled on an individual basis. Any part that is shipped that is incorrect will be exchanged free of charge. However, all returns must be authorized by our Parts Department.
RANS Designs, Inc. reserves the right to make changes in prices, specifications, or models, or add improvements at any time without notice or obligation.