AIRCRAFT COVERING CONVERSION KITS FOR RANS AIRCRAFT
Into The Flight #10
By Randy Schlitter
RANS is proud to announce we have conversion kits for several of our models. The kits allow you to convert your pre-sewn Dacron envelope covered plane to the performance enhancing Superflite fabric. The kits include all the parts needed to adapt the wings. Usually the fuselage and tails of any our kits will accept standard aircraft fabric covering systems. If your plane is coming up for re-cover, consider a conversion kit. You can enjoy the benefit of increased performance and longer skin life. The performance increase comes from the wing ribs being more stable. In the pre-sewn Dacron envelope system the ribs insert into pockets, this means as the plane increases in speed the bottom ribs tend to curve up, creating an under-cambered airfoil. That robs speed from cruise. Planes that are converted show as much as a 10 % increase in cruise speeds, and rates of climb. Stall speeds are reported lowered by three or more MPH. The only exception to this would be the S-6ES when equipped with the Sport Wing. The Sport Wing features one-piece stamped ribs, which hold conformity, thus the wing performs almost identical to traditional covered wings.
Kits are available for the following RANS aircraft: CALL (785) 625-6346 FOR CURRENT PRICING