The race continues and yesterday it was joined by another American producer. The race is to obtain Special Light Sport Aircraft airworthiness certificates, allowing an airplane to be fully built and sold for instructional use or rental. A company with an SLSA approval can also elect to sell an ELSA kit. RANS plans to do both. Welcome to #17 in the list of shiny new SLSA. RANS will be bringing the model to the AOPA Expo in just a few days. Come see it — and most other SLSA — in the special LSA area of the AOPA Expo airport display. RANS is perhaps the largest producer of aircraft in the LSA general description and they passed a major milestone in June 2005 when they delivered their 4,000th model since that first S-4/5 Coyote Ultralight. “Most of the dozen models RANS builds [except S-16 Shekari]…fit into the light sport plane category,” says designer Randy Schlitter.