RANS S-20 RAVEN
"Side-by-Side into the Back Country"
The S-20 Raven... is great hardware for the task of back country flying, float flying, and short and long haul touring. It is the stylish blending of what has made a couple of other RANS planes so successful and yet has become a character all its own. RANS combined the wings, tail, and fuel system from the S-7S Courier, and the engine, control, and seats from the Coyote II. The cabin is very roomy and easy to enter and exit, due to sliding seats, and wide doors. The 51" wide doors and folding seats allow easy loading in the 21 cubic feet baggage area.
It is a delight to fly, well-balanced and light controls, yet with enough feedback to make you feel you have something in your hand. The scale of the plane is impressive too, standing tall; yet, the aerodynamic size of the plane is less than our venerable Coyote II.
Performance is lively, you will see short take offs, typically under 300 feet, climbs of 1000 FPM common, stalls well under 40 MPH, and cruise speeds past 115 MPH. The large flaps allow approach speeds of 50 to 60 MPH, depending on gross weight. From those who have flown the Raven: It has a big plane ride, with the responsiveness of a sport plane and natural control feedback.