| RANS debuts its new S-20 Raven this week at AirVenture in the North Aircraft Display. (photo by Marino Boric)
By Marino Boric, European Correspondent
August 2, 2013 - This week at EAA Oshkosh 2013, RANS
introduced its newest aircraft, the S-20
Raven. The company plans for this airplane,
now in bare bones form, to be the successor
to the company's long-running Coyote II S-
6S. Coyote fans need not lament; that model
will remain in production.
Following in the Coyote's trail is a tall
order to fill. According to RANS, the-side-
by-side S-20 Raven can equal or exceed the
performance of the S-6S. And looking at it
in the North Aircraft Display, the S-20 has a
lot to offer to the pilots interested in a high-
The S-20 Raven inherited the S-7 wing
and tail mated to a new welded-steel
fuselage. The new aluminum 7075 landing
gear is CNC machined, heat treated, and
shot peened for longevity. The S-20's
landing gear also allows for easy switching
between tail wheel and trike gear.
Sliding, easily adjustable and removable
seats together with large, wide-opening
doors provide for easy ingress and egress.
The seat back also allows easy access to the
baggage compartment. The removable seats
open up the uncommon possibility of
sleeping in the aircraft if needed.
The Raven wings are the same as those
that lift the S-7S Courier with one-piece
fully CNC machined stamped ribs, CNC
machined spars, aero servo ailerons, and 26-
gallon fuel tanks.
RANS told us that the aircraft is still in
development, but that the company is
accepting pre-orders for the S-20 at
AirVenture 2013. Visit RANS at Booth
620-621 and at www.RANS.com.