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Rans S12 sails.

Empty Weight: 430 lbs.
Gross Weight: 920  lbs.
Wing Span: 31  ft.
Wing Area: 152  sq. ft.
Engine: 503  Rotax
Cruise Speed: 65  m.p.h.
Stall Speed: 35  m.p.h.
VNE: 100  m.p.h.
Construction: Aluminum tube bolt together/dacron

The S-12  introduced in 1990 is a side by side seating two place trigear in a pusher configuration. Construction is bolt and rivet together aluminum tube construction, with a front pilot enclosure constructed of welded steel tubing. This enclosure is then attached to a main boom tube which runs to the tail assembly. 

The craft is covered in dacron sail cloth and can be purchased with a full enclosure, partial enclosure or just a windscreen. Building times are in the 150 to 200 hour range. The craft has dual stick, throttle and rudder controls. Assembly manuals and instructions are good, and kit comes well labelled. 

The factory rates an A+ for customer service and quality of kit. 

The S-12 XL Airaile can be powered with the 503 and 582 Rotax. two stroke engines or the 912 4 stroke. Climb even with the 582 is only about 600 feet per minute, with a cruise of around 75 m.p.h. at 5800 R.P.M.. 

Cabin noise is loud, but visibility is excellent, as long as the windshield hasn't been scratched. Trim adjustments are required for increase or decrease in throttle settings, and a considerable amount of input is needed to do coordinated turns. This baby is a rock in the sky when it looses an engine.

The Ultralight Flyer rates

The Factory                                                     9.0

The S-12 Airaile                                        6.0 


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Rans S 12 with complete enclosure.

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