Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions. Please feel free to contact us if your question is not answered below.
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.

Does the Kitfox qualify for Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)?

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.

Do you have turn-key Factory Built Light Sport Aircraft?

Yes we do. Please see our Factory Built page.

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. We have delivered 7000 kits worldwide.

Where are you located? How do I get in touch with you?

We are currently in SW Idaho at the Homedale Airport (S66). Visit our contact us page for all our contact info.

What are the delivery times for a new kit?

Delivery times vary with demand. Please call for the current production schedule.

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.

Do I need a pilot’s license to fly a Kitfox?

Yes, a minimum of a student license is required. We The Kitfox currently in production does not qualify as an ultralight aircraft under FAR part 103. Visit AOPA for more information on licensing information. They are a great resource for these type of questions.

How can I see a Kitfox in person?

Your welcome to come visit our factory. You will get a glimpse of the craftmenship that goes into each aircraft. If that doesn’t work with your schedule, we travel to different fly in’s and airshow events throughout the year. We also encourage you to reach out to the pilot communities in your area. It’s likely that there is a Kitfox owner nearby that would love to show you their aircraft.

How long has Kitfox been around?

Kitfox was introduced in 1984 and has been sold all over the world. Kitfox has a rich history in the aviation community. Check our our History page for more information.

Do the wings fold on a Kitfox?

Yes, the wings on a Kitfox fold allowing for the aircraft to be stored in non-traditional aircraft storage environments such as a car garage or trailer. The wings can be folded in 10 minutes.

What is the gross weight on the 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.

Can I get flight training in my Kitfox aircraft?

Absolutely! We have partnered with an flight school that offers Kitfox specific flight training. Stick & Rudder Flight Training

Do you have fly-ins scheduled at the factory.

Scheduled bi-annually. Saturday is the primary day with early arrivals on Friday. Visit the Airshows page for more information.

How much does the Kitfox cost?

You can build a Kitfox on a tight budget. In as little as $45,000 you can have an airworthy Kitfox. Your cost depends highly on how you equip the aircraft. There are three areas to consider when it comes to the cost of your aircraft: 1. Your airframe selection (Super Sport, STi, or Speedster) 2. Engine Choice and 3. Instruments. Aircraft ownership is typically long term and we have many clients that start with the minimum and update and refresh their Kitfox with upgrades over the years.

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.

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.

Is there anywhere my Kitfox cannot take me?

You can go anywhere. We’ve landed the Kitfox on the white sand beaches of the Bahamas – to the glaciers of Alaska – to Las Vegas International Airport – to plowed farm fields. Snow skis and floats are available for the Kitfox.

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.

How much should 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 150lbs in the baggage area. This is typically plenty of baggage capacity for your flying adventure. (2) folding bicycles and overnight bags fit (see pic).

Can’t find what you are looking for?

Call us or visit the Kitfox community at TeamKitfox.com where you can browse/ post your queries.

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WORKING HOURS
Mon-Fri: 9AM – 5PM (Mountain Time-USA / UTC: – 7)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Tours by Appointment: Tue-Thurs.

Major Holidays: Closed
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