The Rans S-12 Airdale is a two-seat side-by-side, high-wing microlight
airplane with a single-engine in pusher-configuration; a fixed tricycle
undercarriage and controllable nose wheel. The S-12 Airaile
was designed by Randy Schlitter as the market requested a two-place
pusher with side-by-side seating that was economical to buy, quick to
build and easy to fly. The S-12 Airaile entered production with Rans
Inc. in March 1990. The basic construction of the aircraft is a bolt and
rivet together aluminum tube construction, with a front pilot enclosure
constructed of welded steel tubing. This pilot enclosure is attached to
the main boom tube which runs to the tail assembly. The wing and tail
assembly is covered in dacron sail cloth and the pilot enclosure can be
purchased with a full enclosure, partial enclosure or just a windscreen.
The original S-12 Airaile has developed over the years. Variants based
on the original S-12 Airaile were the S-12S Super Airaile; S-12XL Airaile;
S-14 Airaile; S-17 Stinger and S-18 Stinger II. Current production model is the S-12XL Airaile.
The standard engine of the Rans S-12 series is the Rotax 503; 582; 912 or 912S. Standard prop for 503, 582, and 912 is
2-blade (Tennessee). Standard prop for 912S is a 3-blade Ward Drive. Over
1000 Rans S-12 Airaile Series kits has been delivered to customers
throughout the world. Rans Inc. was founded by Randy Schlitter in 1974 and started
with the development of sailtrikes. In 1983, Rans Inc. started with the production of aircraft and has delivered over 4000
UL-aeroplanes complete or as a building package since. Today, Rans Aircraft designs and builds UL-aeroplanes and light-sport-aircraft.