Premise: In light sport aviation you never ignore RANS owner and designer Randy Schlitter. With his newly minted S-19, he’s again proven the rule. A flying prototype from the Kansas builder was beautifully finished…a RANS airshow tradition. Compared to the G-700S SPLOGged earlier, S-19 is 70 pounds lighter thanks to “great care in keeping things light,” said RANS (though it’s heavier than predicted due to more durable materials). *** S-19 will be sold intially as a kit with components including Rotax 912S priced at about $43,000. Build time is estimated at 700-1,000 hours. “We plan to offer a certified SLSA,” said Randy though he wouldn’t speculate on when. S-19 first flew June 28th and “production flight testing should be complete sometime in August” though the company is ready to ship tail kits. Reporters will have to wait to fly S-19 but based on flying nearly every other RANS model, I expect superb handling.
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