Rans tailwheel airplane approved as Light SportRans tailwheel airplane approved as Light Sport

 Rans S-20LS Raven

Less expensive than most Light Sport Aircraft, the Rans S-20LS Raven (for Light Sport) tailwheel aircraft with side-by-side seating for two that started life as a kitplane has FAA approval as a factory-built aircraft. Pilots who fly the $119,000 bush-capable airplane can do so with only a driver’s license.

It comes in a variety of horsepower, from 60 through 180, and offers a selection of avionics from traditional analog to Dynon and Garmin. The engines available to buyers are the Lycoming O-233, Titan O-340, and Rotax 912ULS, 912iS, and when available, the 135-horsepower Rotax 915.

Light Sport category aircraft are limited to two people and a top cruise speed of 120 knots true airspeed with a fixed-pitch propeller. FAA approval of the S-20LS as a Light Sport Aircraft had been expected last year.

The S-20LS first shipped from the factory in Hays, Kansas. 2.5 hours west of Wichita, as a kit aircraft. Rans currently offers seven designs as kits. There are four Light Sport models; the Raven, S-6LS Coyote II, the S-7LS Courier, and the low-wing S-19LS Venterra. The Venterra has been tricked out with leather seats and luxury interior.

Alton Marsh

Alton K. Marsh

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor, AOPA
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.

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