About the Rans S7 Courier
November 1985 was the first flight of the S-7 Courier. Designed originally as a trainer for another Rans design the Coyote I, the Courier has since found many other uses. The tandem seating is ideal for photo work. The rear passenger has a sweeping view from either side. As a trainer with the instructor in back, the student has an accurate simulation of flying solo. The Courier performs well as a bush and float plane due to its robust construction. The average two-car garage is space enough to build the Courier. From 500 to 700 hours and an assortment of common shop tools will be required to complete the kit. Aircraft fabric and painting skills will present the peak of the challenge. The high level of prefabrication adds speed and precision to building the Courier.
Rans is located at 4600 Highway 183 Alternate, Hays KS 67601 USA
Phone (785) 625-6346
Fax (785) 625-2795
The Specification and Performance sheet can be viewed HERE
The Rans web site is HERE
The S7 Courier I am building is the 2000 model that has a longer fuselage and a 100 HP Rotax 912S four cycle engine. The Courier has been influenced by great planes like the Cubs and Champs. The aircraft can leap into the air in less than 250 ft. and pass through 50' AGL by 500 ft. The S7 has a gross weight of 1200 lbs and a empty weight of 675 lbs. This gives it a useful load of 525 lbs that includes a 10 cu ft, 50 lb baggage area (my wife has reserved 45 lbs of that!).