Available on wheels or Murphy 1500 floats

Canadian BUL or AULA registration




This S-7S was first licensed in 2001 and still looks almost like new.


Equipment includes: ELT, Strobes, Com, Intercom, air speed, alt, rate of climb, slip, G meter, Hobbs and Grand Rapids Engine Information System. The EIS has oil pressure/temp, Cyl head temp, EGT on both sides, OAT, fuel flow and fuel pressure (which quit  recently) There is electric trim but no trim indicator!  All of the wires going from engine sensors to the EIS go through a multi pin plug mounted on the firewall.


 The panel is a composite lay-up. Here is a picture of the panel taken approaching Jackson Hole Wy on my way home from Oregon. 



This is one of the first  “S” model Rans Couriers and it does have a few differences when compared to the current model. If you are not familiar with the various models of the Courier, you might find some useful information in my write-up on Models and also in the section on Engineering Changes. If you are buying an S-7, you should understand all the differences between this  “S”  model and both the long tail or short tail.


The serial number of this kit is  0599268 S  which is unique in that the S was included in the serial number; this is not now done.

Except for some cowl mods added by the second owner, the fuselage is all S from spinner to rudder although the fuel system is a little mixed.

The wing is the stock wing of that year but with the S wing tips and rear jury struts and has equal length flaps and ailerons.


The fuel tanks are the 9 gallon plastic with outlets to hoses front and rear.  Instead of the earlier plastic “Y” to get the two lines per tank to one, there are aluminum T fittings with aluminum lines continuing down to the drain and forward to the shutoff. The hoses from tanks to Ys are new.


Venting is through the tank filler caps. Many people prefer this earlier method of venting the tanks because the tanks can be filled to a higher level. On the current S model venting, which comes out from the top of the tank rather then the neck, overflow occurs with less fuel in the tanks.


The previous owner installed the hinge and pin cowl fasteners. These hold the rear of the cowl to the fuselage and the top cowl to the bottom cowl and provide a very clean, slick package when compared to the factory method which uses the ¼ turn Southco fasteners.  The air for the oil cooler rad comes through the scoop below the spinner.


One important feature of the S7 is the roominess of the cabin. My friend Brian is 6’4 and 280lbs (?). He gets in and out fine and feels it is quite a comfortable cockpit with good ergonomics. It was a hot day when we flew into that grass strip south of Kankakee IL and Brian really liked the performance.



You can see the lack of fasteners and the tight fit of the cowls.

The additional tanks were just on for the flight east from Oregon.


Brian appreciates a couple of other features of the S model that the short tail and long tail do not share. The sitting position is a lot more comfortable because the rudder peddles sit a couple of inches lower due to the deeper firewall on the S. This is important even for smaller pilots.

The other advantage is that because the coolant rad is ahead of the firewall, there is no hot coolant flowing through the cabin (except for the cabin heater at the firewall) as it does on the models with belly rads so on a hot day like the one above, the cabin stays cooler.


The “focalized”  motor mount on the S model makes for a smooth engine and the under engine exhaust system not only sounds throatier but gets the muffler away from the firewall and carbs as it is on the short and long tail models. The motor mount rubbers were replaced in Sept/12.


The interior is clean and excellent.

That’s a towel overhead to keep the sun out.  I have the plastic baggage close out for it. Took it off while replacing the fuel line.



From 98 on Rans eliminated the inverted “U” tube behind the front seat.


The boot cowl is lined with fuzzy fabric. The copper tube on the parking brake valve is to seal it while the gear is off while on floats.

For cooler weather there is a muffler hot air heater although I have this one disconnected now. That round plug below the parking brake valve seals off the heater inlet.                       Click here for interior pictures taken 03/29/2013


I’ve installed both a coolant thermostat (red canister) oil thermostat and cabin heat rad as well as metal heat shields between all exhaust pipes and coolant hoses. The oil cooler is 2 ½ times bigger than the Rans stock cooler and it is mounted below the engine with its own scoop. The stock coolant rad is angled down to force most of the incoming air through it. All temps are normal in both hot and cold weather.

Most hose clamps are the constant tension style which do not damage the hoses like gear clamps.


The engine is a 912ULS with 355 hours total time (as of 2015/01/01)

Serial is 4425648


Below it the micro heater rad with built in fan which does a great job.



 The forward end rib close off is not installed ahead of the rear one shown above but I have them.


Owners have experienced elongation of the bolt hole that secures the landing gear in place. Current kits have additional thickness welded on to the sockets. I have added additional padding to this one as well. See: http://www.stoneylake.org/pipcom/gear%20socket%20fix.htm





The prop is a Tennessee wood. It has been dynamically balanced.


At first glance the plane looks great and overall is quite new looking. If you examine the finish carefully you will see that the paint job is not show plane quality in that there are a couple of runs and hangar rash chips and maybe a small patch or two.

Even with that, the last guy I showed it to felt the finish was 8 or 9 out of 10. I wouldn’t rank it quite that high but you can see from the pictures that it is quite good.


The tubing was oiled internally.

Tires are 800’s with Cleveland wheels and brakes.


$37500 cndn (Today about 30000USD) on wheels, 47,500 on floats  and I challenge you to find an S model ( not just a “long tail”) in this condition for less and, especially with Murphy 1500 floats.


This is with BUL registration AULA will cost about $600.  Has been registered in US


Needs new wind screen (crazing marks cause glare) May need repair on Altimeter and ROC.


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For an interesting comparison of float performance, there are two Youtube videos you could watch.

They were taken on the same day with similar conditions including the same people on board (total passenger weight 425lbs) and similar fuel load. The Rans gets off in less time and much less distance than the 150 hp PA-18.


                                                 PA-18 Float take-off     


                                                 100 HP Rans Take-off


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Just east of Jackson Hole