Rans S-19 Venterra

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S-19 Venterra
Rans S-19LS
Role Light-sport aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Rans Inc
Designer Randy Schlitter
First flight 28 Jun 2007
Introduction late 2008
Status In production
Produced 2008-present
Number built 23 (2011)[1]
Unit cost
US$165,000 (assembled, 2015)
RANS S-19 Cockpit

The Rans S-19 Venterra (English: wind over the earth) is an American single-engined, tractor configuration, two-seats in side-by-side configuration, low-wing monoplane designed by Randy Schlitter as a light-sport aircraft and manufactured by Rans Inc. The Venterra is available as a complete factory-built aircraft and in kit form for amateur construction.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Design and development

The S-19 was designed by Randy Schlitter in 2007 as a purpose-designed aircraft to take advantage of the new US LSA category, with the intention of offering the aircraft as a factory-complete Special LSA and as a kit-built Experimental LSA or amateur-built.[2][3][4][5][6]

Unlike most other Rans models, which feature a welded 4130 steel tube cockpit with a bolted aluminum tube rear fuselage, the S-19 is an aluminum semi-monocoque design, with stressed skin construction supported with bulkheads, formers and stringers. The fuselage, wing and tail surfaces are covered in sheet aluminum. The wings are equipped with flaps.[2][3][4][6]

The S-19 has tricycle landing gear with a fully castering nosewheel and steering via differential main wheel braking. The standard engine is the Rotax 912ULS of 100 hp (75 kW).[2][3][4][6]

The designer originally intended to break with the company tradition of providing a name for the aircraft and just designate the aircraft as "S-19". Early aviation media reports referred to it as the "S-19 Sport Plane". But after confusion and inquiries by air traffic control during early flights, Schlitter decided a name was needed, saying, "It is a bit of poetic license, but with 19 designs it has become a challenge to create names that are original, we like the sound of Venterra over the radio, it is easy to say, and should satisfy ATC."[2][3][4]

Operational history

In March 2017 there were 41 S-19s registered in the United States, none in Canada and one in the UK.[8][9][10]


Initial version, kit-built aircraft for the US ELSA or experimental amateur-built categories, powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS[2][4][6]
Factory-built version, for the US SLSA category, powered by a 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS[3][6][7]

Specifications (S-19LS)

Data from Rans website[11]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 19 ft 10.75 in (6.0643 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 11.5 in (2.426 m)
  • Wing area: 126.9 sq ft (11.79 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.18:1
  • Empty weight: 820 lb (372 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,320 lb (599 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 24 US gallons (91 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS , 100 hp (75 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed composite ground adjustable, 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) diameter


  • Cruise speed: 128 mph (206 km/h; 111 kn)
  • Stall speed: 45 mph (72 km/h; 39 kn) flaps down
  • Never exceed speed: 150 mph (241 km/h; 130 kn)
  • Range: 580 mi (504 nmi; 933 km)
  • Endurance: 5.1 hrs
  • Service ceiling: 14,500 ft (4,400 m)
  • g limits: +4.4/-2 at max gross weight
  • Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 10.4 lb/sq ft (51 kg/m2)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b Vandermeullen, Richard: 2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 68. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rans (n.d.). "S-19 Venterra". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Rans (n.d.). "S-19LS Venterra". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Downey, Julia: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2007, page 53. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  5. ^ a b Experimental Aircraft Association (2010). "Special Light-Sport Aircraft - Rans S-19". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 72. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  7. ^ a b Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 76. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  8. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (18 March 2017). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Transport Canada (18 March 2017). "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register". Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom) (18 March 2017). "GINFO Search Results Summary". Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Rans (n.d.). "S-19LS Venterra Specifications and Performance". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 

External links

  • Official page - homebuilt S-19
  • Official page - ready to fly S-19
  • Photo of S-19LS on Airliners.net
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