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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- wing machine.

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.

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