Rans S-7 Courier

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S-7 Courier
Role Kit aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rans Inc
Designer Randy Schlitter
First flight November 1985
Status In production (2017)
Number built 600 (2011)
Unit cost
US$25,500 (base price 2010) S model, plus engine and instruments[1]
Developed from Rans S-5 Coyote
Rans S-4 Coyote
S-7 on floats

The Rans S-7 Courier is an American single-engined, tractor configuration, two-seats in tandem, high-wing monoplane designed by Randy Schlitter and manufactured by Rans Inc. The Courier is available in kit form for amateur construction or as a completed light-sport aircraft.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Design and development[edit]

The S-7 was originally conceived of as a trainer for the single seat S-4 Coyote. First flown in November 1985 the Courier was named for an aircraft that Schlitter admired, the Helio Courier.[4][5][7][9][11]

The S-7 features a welded 4130 steel tube cockpit, with a bolted aluminum tube rear fuselage, wing and tail surfaces all covered in dope and fabric. The reported construction times for the Courier are 500-700 man-hours.[2][3][5]

The Courier is available only with conventional landing gear but can be equipped with floats and skis. The original basic engine was the Rotax 503 of 50 hp (37 kW), with the Rotax 582 of 64 hp (48 kW) being available as an option. Today the standard engine is the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS.[2][3][4][5] At least one S7 has been fitted with a Jabiru 2200 flat-four, four-stroke direct-drive engine.[12]

Operational history[edit]

325 examples of the Courier had been completed by December 2007.[3] In November 2010 74 were on the registers of European countries west of Russia.[13]

Reviewer Marino Boric said in a 2015 review, that, "this refined little fun flyer...continues to prove itself deservedly popular."[14]


S-7 Courier
Initial version, standard engine 50 hp (37 kW) Rotax 503, 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine optional.[4]
Rans S-7C Courier
Refined version introduced in 2001, certified under the US primary category. Certification in the category took seven years of effort by the manufacturer.[4][11][14]
Kit version of the S-7C, introduced in 2003. Qualifies as a US Experimental light-sport aircraft (ELSA). Standard engine is the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS.[4][6][11][14]
Sold as a factory-assembled ready-to-fly US Special light-sport aircraft, the S-7LS is a factory-assembled version of the S-7S. Standard engine is the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS.[4][11][15]

Specifications (S-7S)[edit]

S-7C instrument panel
An S-7 at Brioude in France

Data from Kitplanes[2][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: One passenger
  • Length: 23 ft 3 in (7.09 m)
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 3 in (8.92 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
  • Wing area: 147.1 sq ft (13.67 m2)
  • Empty weight: 700 lb (318 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,232 lb (559 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 18 US Gallons (68 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS , 100 hp (75 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed adjustable pitch


  • Cruise speed: 118 mph (190 km/h; 103 kn)
  • Stall speed: 41 mph (66 km/h; 36 kn)
  • Range: 390 mi (339 nmi; 628 km)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 8.37 lb/sq ft (40.9 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


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  2. ^ a b c d Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 65. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ a b c d e Downey, Julia: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2007, page 69. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Rans (n.d.). "S-7S Courier". Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 239. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  6. ^ a b Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 157. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  7. ^ a b Taylor, John (ed): Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1986-1987, pages 701-702. Jane's Publishing Company, 1986. ISBN 0-7106-0835-7
  8. ^ Taylor, John (ed): Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1987-1988, pages 698-699. Jane's Publishing Company, 1987. ISBN 0-7106-0850-0
  9. ^ a b Taylor, John (ed): Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1988-1989, pages 592-594. Jane's Publishing Company, 1988. ISBN 0-7106-0867-5
  10. ^ Vandermeullen, Richard: 2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 68. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  11. ^ a b c d e Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 72. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  12. ^ Civil Aviation Authority, GINFO Search Results, retrieved 1 October 2013
  13. ^ Partington, Dave (2010). European registers handbook 2010. Coulsdon, Surrey: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7106-2916-6. 
  14. ^ a b c Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 76. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  15. ^ Rans (n.d.). "S-7LS Coyote II". Retrieved 30 November 2010. 

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