Below is a list of commonly asked questions and answers regarding the Kitfox and Kitfox Aircraft LLC.
|What exactly is a Kitfox airplane?
The Kitfox is a 2 seat side-by-side aircraft that has truly amazing handling characteristics and is just as comfortable in the back country bush flying as it is flying cross country into some of the busiest airspace.
|What is the gross weight of a Kitfox?
The current Kitfox has been structurally tested at 1550 lbs gross weight at +6g and -3g Load Limit. The Kitfox can easily be operated within the LSA limit of 1320 lb gross. Not concerned about LSA? Use the full 1550 lb gross weight limit and have upwards of an 800 lb useful load.
|Does the Kitfox qualify for Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)? (What is a Light Sport Aircraft?)
Absolutely ! The current Kitfox can be operated at the 1320 lb gross weight when on gear and the 1430 lb gross when on floats. It can also be converted from floats, to skis, to tail wheel or to Tricycle gear.. Your choice.
|Can I get flight training in a kitplane that I own?
Absolutely ! Check out our Flight Training page.
|Do you have turn-key Factory Built Light Sport Aircraft?
Yes we do. Please see our Factory Built page.
|Are you going to have a factory fly-in?
Scheduled bi-annually. Saturday is the primary day with early arrivals on Friday.
|How safe is a Kitplane?
Good question. Kitplane designs vary drastically and therefore have very different safety records. The Kitfox is a very safe aircraft and has never had a reported in-flight structural failure.
|How much does the Kitfox cost?
You can build the Kitfox on a serious budget. It depends on your desires. We have several engine options from the O-200 Continental to the Future Rotax 915iS. So as little as $45,000 can have you flying your new Kitfox.
|Where are you located? How do I get in touch with you?
We are currently in SW Idaho at the Homedale Airport (S66). Please see our Contact page for more information.
|How fast does it go?
If you like to fly.... what's the rush? Assuming horsepower (100-120 HP) - Cruise performance is then best changed with propeller pitch. Our Whirlwind prop is easily ground adjustable in minutes. We have attained 130+mph.
|What are the delivery times for a new kit?
Current lead times are from 30 to 90 days from order.
|How far can I go?
"P" Factor.. and we are not referring to propeller efficiency. How long can you last between stops?
On 27 gallons of gas - burning <5 gallons/hour - averaging 120 mph (NO wind) = 600 miles in 5 hours...
But it's prudent to land with a little left in the tank.
|What are the lead times for a Factory Built Kitfox Light Sport (SLSA)?
Due to high demand we are experiencing 1 to 2 year lead times.
|I want to use my Kitfox to go to......
Yes you can go anywhere. We've landed on the white sand beaches of the islands of the Bahamas - to the glaciers of Alaska - to Las Vegas international - to plowed farm fields. Snow skis and floats are available.
|Do I need a pilot's license to fly a Kitfox?
Yes, a minimum of a student license is required. The Kitfox currently in production does not qualify as an ultralight aircraft under FAR part 103.
How can I see a Kitfox in person?
Come by the factory is best. If that doesn't work with your schedule, visit us at one of the Airshows or let us know where you live and it may be possible to meet with one of the thousands of Kitfox builders/owners.
How long has Kitfox been around?
Kitfox was introduced in 1984 and has been sold all over the world. See the Kitfox History page for more information.
|What are Flaperons?
Think of them as simply ailerons able to droop (into flaps) So what's the advantage? They are part of the lifting surface of the wing (note the airfoil shape). As the wing reaches the critical angle of attack (stall) and turbulence (separation) is generated on the top and to the rear of the wing. The Kitfox detached Flaperons (Junkers style) are not only hanging below this airflow disruption, but they have not reached there critical angle of attack. The airflow is being accelerated over the top surface of the Flaperon - from the downwash of the underside of the wing being funneled through the narrow gap. Therefore you have aileron authority deep into a stall. (reflect on a Cessna trainer - loss of ailerons - only the use of rudder lifts a dropped wing in the stall).
So why hasn't everybody adopted this design? Many have, they are in use today on many aircraft but "in trail" The detached flaperon has been used in the past for low, slow, highly maneuverable airplanes. eg. Storch and Junkers.
|Do the Wings still fold?
Yes, in less than 10 minutes by one person.
|How much can I carry?
With the side-by-side seating configuration - the passenger (unlike in a tandem-seated configured airplane) is NOT negatively effecting the rear CG envelope limit. Our seats (and Wing fuel) is ON the CG envelope - Therefore you can have 150# in the baggage. That should be plenty capacity for any multi-day adventure. (2) folding bicycles and overnight bags fit (see pic).