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Current RANS Newsletters

Thank you to Shelly for providing these newlsetters! I have started a new page on the RANS CLAN where all newsletters will be permanently linked in .pdf form. You can choose to open them or save them on your computer. That page is called Newsletters and you will notice a yellow button on the list of links above.

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News From GRT Avionics

Engine Page and Bluetooth Capability Now Standard on GRT Avionics Mini-X and Mini-AP EFIS Displays

WYOMING, MI - GRT Avionics is now including the engine page and bluetooth capability (dongle required) as standard features on their Mini-X and Mini-AP EFIS displays.  Previously this was a $250 option.

More info at www.grtavionics.com

New From MW Fly North America Ltd.

MW Fly Logo"As we at MW Fly introduce more engines to North America, a common sticking point with builders is the additional effort associated with being the first installation on a specific airframe. The additional work and cost associated with modifying a cowling and an engine mount are often enough to turn a potential builder away, even when they love our engine. We recognize that the first installation is always more challenging, considering the modifications to engine mounts and cowlings, etc.

If you think you might be one of those builders interested in having the first RANS aircraft powered by an MW Fly engine, we would love to talk with you. From our part, we would be willing to extend to the first builder an extremely competitive price on one of our engines. We can also help with respect to the engine mount and cowling.

Anyone interested in exploring the idea should email me at lance@mwflyna.com"

November is Donation Month

Can you believe it's been another year already? Not only that, but we've just finished out 10th year here on the CLAN! November 2017 starts the 11th year of our community.

As many of you know, this website is published and maintained by myself as a home based business that let's me earn a few dollars for airplane gas. The RANS CLAN website and forums require a considerable amount of time to maintain and are free for everyone to use, but they are supported by our advertisers and your donations. Both are very much appreciated.

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New From MGL Avionics


MGL Avionics is proud to announce the Vega Series of 2 1/4" Singles for Experimental and Light-Sport Aircraft!
The Vega range consists of twelve 2 1/4" color display aviation instruments. Using a high-resolution backlit color graphics display, these instruments provide excellent daylight readability, even in direct sunlight. Each instrument includes a rotary control plus 2 independent keys for easy menu navigation and to access specific instrument features. The Vega range has a wide supply voltage range of 8 to 30 VDC with built in reverse and over voltage protection. All Vega instruments that have engine monitoring functions have the ability to interface to an MGL Avionics RDAC unit.

The full range consists of AHRS units, Altimeters with VSIs, Airspeed Indicators, Temperature Monitors, Fuel Computers, RPM Indicators and Manifold Pressure Indicators. Each instrument has multiple display and customization options - typical with what you would expect from MGL Avionics.

For more information, please visit: http://www.mglavionics.com/html/vega_color_singles.html

2017 RANS Fly-in Pics

If you weren't able to make it to Hays, KS this year, there's some nice pics of the S-20 and S-21 posted by GravityKnight on the forums: Thread is here.


New 2018 Series Stickers Available

AircraftStickers.com announces the early release of the new 2018 Series of aircraft kitplane stickers. These stickers are smaller and simpler than our regular full size detailed stickers. If you're looking for a silhouette of your RANS airplane, order yours today!

These new stickers are available in black or white and cost only $4.99 each. Visit our website at www.AircraftStickers.com for these and more!

Great KITPLANES Article on a Custom RANS S-9


Have you been reading the series in KITPLANES about Michael Ryer's super custom built RANS S-9? Part 2 is in November's issue and is really interesting.

I've built a RANS S-10 in 2003 and my hangar partner built an S-9 so I'm familiar with these airplanes. It's astounding how Michael has modified his S-9 and I'm looking forward to the December issue already to keep reading. Nice job Michael!

Installing a Panel Mounted iPad

My original plan for the instrument panel was to use two Dynon HDX screens. As the panel design progressed, for a number of reasons I chose to use one HDX screen and an iPad running foreflight.

I mounted my iPad with a mount and power supply from Guardian Avionics. I originally just bought the actual mount and installed it in the panel. My plan was to hide a USB port behind the panel where I could plug in the iPad. After speaking with Ryan from Guardian at Oshkosh, I decided to order their full system (minus the mount since I already had that.)

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Welcome MWfly


MWfly Engine

Please welcome MWfly Aeropower to our website and community. METALWORK was founded in 1994 by Guido Fantini and Stefano Marella-both graduates of the Milan Politecnico in Aerospace Engineering. The goal of the company was to produce an engine for the L.S.A. (Light Sport Aviation) market.

In 2011 , MWfly started manufacturing and selling the B22 MWfly engine and at the same time MWfly was founded. The development of the engine, however, did not end in 2011. With feedback from users and the market, the engine is improved in all areas, further improving reliability and performance. In 2013, on the request of a Russian client, we started the development of the B25 engine that has quickly become our best-selling product. Since 2011 the know-how of MWfly has grown exponentially and the progress made by MWfly in the areas of the production, design and assembly phases has elevated the quality of today's product.

To date more than 100 engines have been produced, 10 have been used for R&D and marketing activities the rest have been sold.

Please visit their website by clicking on the ad on the right, or directly by clicking here: www.MWflyna.com

For lots of photos of installed engines, visit this page of their website.