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Company Info

Dupont Lapeer Airport (D95) 1232 Roods Lake Road, Lapeer, MI 48446

To schedule aircraft or avionics repair or service contact: Lapeer Aviation
Phone: 810-664-6966
Fax: 810-664-5554

For Rotax Service or RANS info  contact: Rick Hayes
Phone 248-462-9338


Hayes Aero, LLC

We are your one-stop shop for everything you need to keep your Light Sport aircraft operating safely. Owned and operated by Rick Hayes, Hayes Aero is the repair shop that local Sport pilots have come to know and trust for superior maintenance and service with their Sport Aircraft.

Not only are we an authorized RANS dealer, but our shop performs Annuals and Condition Inspections on general aviation aircraft as well as experimentals and Light Sport aircraft. We stock oil, oil filters, and spark plugs for Rotax 912 engines.

Give us a call today at 248-462-9338 to see what we can do for you!

Quick News

blue arrowHayes Aero is expanding our Light Sport service by offering Light Sport aircraft hourly rentals in our RANS S-7S. Instructors and our new Five-Hour Insurance Package are available for scheduling. Click here for more information!

Hayes Aero, LLC RANS S-7S

blue arrowRotax announced the new 912 iS Sport engine at Sun 'n Fun . The new powerplant is very similar to the 912 iS fuel-injected engine the company launched two years ago and carries the same price tag. The 912 iS Sport delivers better torque than all other 912 engines, and has the same power rating and TBO. Current 912 iS engines can be retrofitted to the 912 iS Sport without any cost for parts until October 31, 2014.

The main difference is a higher-volume aluminum air-box that is 1.1 inches taller than the 912 iS. Also new are longer engine intake runners and thus slightly repositioned ignition coils. The engine control units (ECU) are now driven by new software that has a different calibration. The result is that the new 912 iS Sport not only has better torque than the 912 iS, but also the carbureted 912 ULS engine.

Aircraft fitted with the 912 iS Sport (instead of 912 ULS or 912 iS) will take off sooner, climb better, and burn less fuel. The Rotax 912 iS Sport engine automatically improves its fuel efficiency by switching to a lean ECO mode once the throttle is pulled back to a setting below 97 percent.

Hayes Aero will be installing this upgrade in our RANS S-7S when available around July.


Hayes Aero, LLC Rotax 912iS Photo
blue arrowHayes Aero has completed the installation of the new Rotax 912 iS into our custom built 'Bush" RANS S-7S airplane. Final FAA inspection for this airplane was completed in mid-April 2014. Please check back with us soon for a progress report and even a first flight report!

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RANS S-20 Into The Flight #16"Preparing for this trip was like running a marathon with a tribe of cannibals chasing you. There was great incentive to make it happen. Despite the motivation there were several moments the goal appeared to seem distant and vain. The challenges came in many forms, from painters quitting and yours truly having to spend the Holidays in the paint booth, FAA delays, and avionics supply issues. Despite those barriers, the marathon was run and the Raven made a successful flight to and from Sebring, and what happened at the Expo was worth every tense moment, every gallon of midnight oil, and sacrifice team RANS put forth."

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