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Several years ago a new company came to Oshkosh with a brand new design - the Skyraider by Flying K Enterprises. At that time I did an interview with Stace Schrader about his craft that looked a lot like a single place version of the venerable Kitfox.

Stace is no longer with Flying K - he and his father have started a new company called "Rocky Mountain Wings, LLC and are now supplying the light plane market with the Ridge Runner.

He had on display a partially build Ridge Runner. Over the past 12 years Stace has worked for Avid Aircraft, Kitfox, and himself building kit planes.

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He credits his success to Dan Denny, Dean Wilson, and Phil Read - and with the knowledge and experience developed from them has now gone out, and with his father has started "Rocky Mountain Wings, LLC."

The Ridge Runner will follow the lines of the "Skyraider" in that it will be a single place tail dragger, featuring a 4130 chrome-moly powder coated steel airframe, with metal leading and trailing edge spars and wood ribs, covered in 1.7 oz fabric. It will use standard stick and rudder controls, have folding wings, and be trailerable for short distances.

A completed plane in the ultralight configuration should take about 300 hours to build, come in at 250 lbs with a gross weight of just over 500 lbs. The experimental version will take about the same time to build but will have a gross weight of just over 900 lbs.

When equipped with the 503 Rotax the Ridge Runner should cruise at 85 mph with a climb rate of over 1400 feet per minute. 

For more information contact:
Rocky Mountain Wings LLC
PO Box 1188 
Nampa ID 83653-1188

  Ridge Runner Ultralight Ridge Runner II **
Est. Empty Weight 250lbs 350lbs
Gross Weight 500lbs 900lbs
Est. Useful Load 250lbs 550lbs
Wing Span 26.20 ft 26.20 ft
Wing Chord 46 in 46 in
Wing Area 99.40 sq. ft 99.40 sq. ft
Length 17 ft 17 ft
Height 5.17 ft 5.17 ft
Width Folded 8 ft 8 ft
Length Folded 20 ft 20 ft
Gear Width 4.66 ft 4.66 ft
Cabin Width 24 in 24 in
Fuel Capacity 5 gal 5 gal
Range 175 miles 150 miles
Rate of Climb fpm. 800 1400
Cruise Speed MPH 58 90
Stall Speed MPH 24 29
Takeoff Roll ft. W/flaps 50 100
Landing Ground roll ft. 50 75
Simple Construction- Build time is 275-375 hours, depending on shop set up and experience. *Speed wing available ** Ridge Runner II is not a full two place. It has a small jump seat or cargo area

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