Friday, April 16, 2010
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,200-1,400. Empty wt. 495-705. Fuel capacity 21-25. Engine 50-to 80-hp Rotax 503, 582, or 912.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 95-135. Cruise mph 85-125. Initial climb rate 880-1,200. Ceiling n/a. Range 170-640. Takeoff distance (50) 200. Landing distance (50') 200-240.
The SkyStar Kitfox series became one of the most popular kitplane lines of the 1980s and 1990s. The popularity is largely due to the fact that the Kitfox Classic IV or Speedster can be bought for comparatively reasonable prices in the kitbuilding marketplace. This enables the builder/pilot to construct and own an honest sportplane that can double as a light-utility aircraft on a budget. Kitfoxes have been optioned with floats and skis and can operate well in tight confines with good short-field capabilities.
Newest versions of the SkyStar, Series 7, makes room for a Continental 0-200, IO-235 and the fuel-injected IO-240 engines. The model can also convert from tricycle gear to taildragger configuration. Wings also fold for easy storage and transport.