RANS CLAN 4.0
Welcome to the
new and improved website. This is not a
major revision, but the website is slightly
more organized and some rarely visited pages
have been removed.
The forums have
also been updated and reorganized making it
easier on the user to navigate. Take a look
around and let me know if you like the new
RANS CLAN HISTORY:
For those who
are new to the website, or who may just be
curious, I thought I would present the
history of how and why the RANS CLAN was
In 2001 when I
was building my first RANS airplane (an S-10
Sakota) I met Clark Irwin and Eric Humes who
were building an S-7 and an S-9 at the same
time. All three of us needed a hangar so we
built a very nice 64' x 40' hangar in PA. It
was Eric who first called us the "RANS
Back in early
2000, there wasn't much available as far as
help with building a RANS airplane. I turned
to the VansAirForce.net website many times
to ask questions. I was amazed at the
community that was available for RV builders
and wanted the same thing for RANS builders.
The only place
available were the RANS Yahoo! Groups which
were an incredibly terrible forums platform.
So, not really knowing much about making
websites, I designed a crude website, called
it the RANS CLAN, and somehow managed to
publish it on the internet. For many
reasons, it only lasted for six months or
Fast forward to
2007 when I bought my RANS S-6S kit. This
time I had a little more experience with
websites and by now, the VAF website had
grown not only into a nice small business,
but also into an incredibly useful resource
for RV builders.
If no one else
was going to make an online community for
the growing list of RANS builders,
then I was going to do it! I had two reasons
in mind; First, I wanted a place where I
could go to ask questions as I was getting
started on my S-6S project. Secondly, the
VAF was earning money, and if I could also
provide RANS builders an outstanding product
that has real value, then I could also earn
some money to help pay for the S-6.
So now I was
serious about making a new website for RANS
builders and flyers. I called Doug Reeves
and asked lots of questions about how he
started VAF and how I could build the RANS
CLAN into something similair. Doug was kind
enough to walk me through how he got
I was on my way.
The RANS CLAN was back on the internet, and
still kind of crude. But, over the years as I
gained experience in websites and working
with code, the RANS CLAN has become a
more useful, more visually pleasing website.
All the way up to this revision 4.0.
RANS CLAN FUTURE:
So where is the
RANS CLAN going? I think we are going to be
around for a long time. This website has
grown tremendously over the years and now
requires real money and lots of time to
host, publish, and maintain.
enjoy creating and maintaining this website,
but please realize that it is also a
business and like all other businesses, it
has to generate an income to survive. The RANS CLAN earns money from those of you who
donate, and also from advertisers. We need both
of you to survive.
Every year in
November, I ask for a small donation. If you
use this website and forums often, please
consider supporting it with a yearly
donation. Also, when you buy products from
the advertisers, it is very important to let
them know that you saw their ad on the CLAN.
The support of the paying advertisers is
critical to the success of the CLAN. Please let them know that they
are spending their advertising dollars in an
As always, your
feedback is appreciated. If you like the
website, let me know. If you don't like it,
please let me know why. Many of your past
ideas are now incorporated into this
-Thank you and
welcome to the CLAN!