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RANS S-7 Courier

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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 honour of the Helio Courier, the S-7 is very STOL. The first one flew in 1985, but this sturdy two-seat taildragger has evolved considerably in the last 23 years.

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. Introduced in 2003 the S-7S is a kit form of the "C”. 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.

 

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In 2008, for $89,000 you could purchase a fully equipped S-7LS, with such amenities, as Garmin moving map GPS/COM, and Transponder.

The S-7S kit is a version of the certified Courier.

The model with a Rotax 912 engine and a 71-inch Warpdrive, ground adjustable propeller, gets 105 mph cruise at 5,000 rpm. Take-off roll at the maximum all-up weight is less then 90m in nil wind and climb rate is around 700 ft/min. With one up and full fuel (60 lt), it can get airborne in 50m and climb at 1,000 ft/min. Fuel burn is around 13 litres per hour.

The RANS S-7C Courier has gotten a more powerful engine. The Courier boasts the 100-horsepower Rotax 912S four-stroke aircraft engine, replacing the 80-horsepower Rotax 912 previously in the airplane. The new engine, says the company, allowed designers to stretch the fuselage, increasing the power of the tail, resulting in better stability and better all-around handling, including on landing. The bigger engine delivering an eight percent faster cruise speed (up to around 110 mph) and a much-improved rate of climb.

The RANS S-7S Courier was offered as an Experimental/Amateur-Built kit and also as an FAA-approved, factory-built SLSA.

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RANS S-7S

 

The 2012 updated S-7LS Courier, Cub-style tandem high-winger remained an S-LSA. Base price: $97,500 base (no avionics).
 
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RANS S-7LS Courier

 

S-7
Engine: Rotax 912, 78 hp
HP range: 65-78.
Speed max: 130 mph
Cruise: 110 mph.
Range: 420 sm
Stall: 30 mph.
ROC: 750 fpm
Take-off dist: 275 ft.
Landing dist: 303 ft
Service ceiling: 13,500 ft.
Fuel cap: 17 USG
Weight empty: 720 lbs.
Gross: 1200 lb
Height: 6.25 ft.
Length: 21 ft
Wing span: 29.25 ft.
Wing area: 151 sq.ft
Seats: 2.
Landing gear: tail wheel.

 

Engine: Rotax 912, 79 hp
Wing span: 8.9 m
Wing area: 14.5 sq.m
MAUW: 545 kg
Empty weight: 145 kg
Fuel capacity: 57 lt
Cruise speed: 168 kph
Minimum speed: 48 kph
Climb rate: 4 m/s
Certification: VZ
Seats: 2
Fuel consumption: 13.2 lt/hr

 

S-7LS Courier
Engine: Rotax 912ULS, 100 hp
Propeller Dia: 72 in
Propeller Type: Composite
Gear Reduction: 1:2.43
Fuel G.P.H.: 4.9 USgal @ 75%  
Wing Span: 29 ft 3 in
Wing area: 147.1 sq ft
Mean Chord: 5 ft
Aspect: 5.85:1
Length: 23 ft. 3in.
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
Doors: 2
Landing Gear: fixed tail    
Baggage Volume: 10 cu ft
Baggage Capacity: 50 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 18 gal US
Useable Fuel: 16.75 USG
Take Off Roll: 325 ft
Rate of Climb: 850 fpm
Service Ceiling: 14,500 ft
Cruise: 110 mph
VNE: 130 mph
Stall Clean: 50 mph
Stall Flaps: 45 mph
Roll Rate: 70° /sec
Glide Ratio: 8:1
Landing Roll: 340 ft
Endurance: 3.1 hrs
Range: 341 miles
Gross Weight: 1232 lbs
Empty Weight: 732 lbs
Useful Load: 500 lbs
Wing Loading: 8.37 psf     
Power Loading: 12.32 lb/hp
Limit Load Factors: +4. -2g

S-7S
Engine: Rotax 912S, 100 hp
Propeller Diameter: 72 in
Propeller Type: Wood
Gear Reduction: 1:2.43
Fuel G.P.H: 4.9 USgal @ 75%
Wing Span: 29 ft 3 in
Wing area: 147.1 sq ft
Mean Chord: 5 ft
Aspect: 5.85:1
Length: 23 ft. 3in.
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
Doors: 2
Landing Gear: fixed tail    
Baggage Volume: 10 cu ft
Baggage Capacity: 50 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 18 gal US
Useable fuel: 16.75
Take Off Roll: 325 ft
Rate of Climb: 850 fpm
Service Ceiling: 14,500 ft
Cruise: 110 mph
VNE: 130 mph
Stall Clean: 50 mph     
Stall Flaps: 45 mph
Roll Rate: 70° /sec     
Glide Ratio: 8:1
Landing Roll: 340 ft
Endurance: 3.1 hrs
Range: 341 miles
Gross Weight: 1232 lbs
Empty Weight: 700 lbs
Useful Load: 500 lbs
Wing Loading: 10.4 psf     
Power Loading: 13.2 lb/hp
Limit Load Factors: +4.4 -2g

 

 


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