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Kitfox Aircraft is owned by John and Debra McBean of Homedale, Idaho. John had planned to bring a Kitfox SLSA with tricycle gear to Sebring, Florida, for our review, but it wasn’t available. What arrived was Paul Leadabrand’s backcountry rock climber with conventional gear. The airplane is equipped with Airstreak backcountry tires from Alaskan Bushwheel that come as a $2,200 option. They need only eight to 12 pounds of air pressure, meaning you’ll safely roll over any rocks hiding in the backcountry grass. The aircraft seen here was flown from its Boise home to Sebring at 110 mph true airspeed—the huge 26-inch tires (30-inch tires are available) take away about 5 mph, and its ground-adjustable propeller is set for climb. The fabric-covered Kitfox has never been known for its speed (the small-tire model can cruise at 123 mph true airspeed), but it has gained a reputation for safety and quality of build. The wings fold for those storing the aircraft in a garage or someone else’s hangar. Kitfox over the years has been what its name implies—primarily a kitplane. (The name is actually based on a fox species native to the area where the original Kitfox factory was located in Idaho.) Some 5,000 Kitfox aircraft have been sold worldwide, and 3,800 of those are flying.

SPECSHEET
Base price: $88,495 Price as tested: $107,000

Kitfox Super Sport

Specifications
Powerplant ....................100 hp Rotax 912 ULS Recommended TBO ..........................2,000 hr Propeller ............................. WhirlWind 70 in dia Length................................................... 19 ft 9 in Height ..................................................... 8 ft 2 in Wingspan.............................................. 30 ft 8 in Wing area ............................................. 128 sq ft Wing loading................................... 10.3 lb/sq ft Power loading ................................... 13.2 lb/hp Seats.................................................................. 2 Cabin width .................................................43 in Empty weight.............................................768 lb Empty weight, as tested ..........................751 lb Max gross weight.................................. 1,320 lb Useful load ................................................552 lb Useful load, as tested ..............................569 lb Payload w/full fuel....................................390 lb Payload w/full fuel, as tested..................407 lb Fuel capacity...................27 gal (27 gal usable) 162 lb (162 lb usable) Baggage capacity ..................... 150 lb, 10 cu ft

Cruise speed/endurance w/30-min rsv (fuel consumption), 7,500 ft @ 75% power, best economy........................... .................122 mph/5.1 hr (29 pph/4.8 gph) Service ceiling..................................... 15,000 ft Landing distance over 50-ft obstacle ............... ...............................................................1,250 ft Landing distance, ground roll.................. 505 ft

Limiting and Recommended Airspeeds
V X (best angle of climb) ......................... 60 mph V Y (best rate of climb)............................ 65 mph VA (design maneuvering) ..................... 105 mph VFE (max flap extended) ......................... 80 mph VNO (max structural cruising)...............120 mph VNE (never exceed) ............................... 140 mph VS1 (stall, clean)...................................... 49 mph VSO (stall, in landing configuration)....... 43 mph For more information, contact Kitfox Aircraft, 123 Airport Way, Post Office Box 997, Homedale, Idaho 83628; 208-337-5111; john@kitfoxaircraft.com or debra@kitfox aircraft.com; www.kitfoxaircraft.com. All specifications are based on manufacturer’s calculations. All performance figures are based on standard day, standard atmosphere, sea level, gross weight conditions unless otherwise noted.

Performance
Takeoff distance, ground roll................... 370 ft Takeoff distance over 50-ft obstacle ..... 735 ft Max demonstrated crosswind component ....... ............................................................... 18 mph Rate of climb, sea level........................960 fpm Max level speed, 3,000 ft............117 mph TAS

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012

AOPA Turbine Pilot Magazine - April 2012
Contents
President’s Position
Hangar Talk
AOPA Media
AOPA Action
Letters
Waypoints
Proficient Pilot
Foundation Focus
License to Learn
Pilot Counsel
Fly Well
Pilot Briefing
L–39: Cool Flying. ’Nuff Said.
Flying a ‘Real’ Jet
For Pax Sake
Mentoring Matters: FARs for Jets
Trouble for Throttle Jockeys
Turbine Market Shows Mixed Signals
Glass Cockpits: Moving Targets
LSA: Big Foot Kitfox
Survival Mode
Aerial Amazement
Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Calm in Chaos
Rebirth of the Pioneer RV
Revisiting a Tragedy
Bouncing Back
Technique: Mountain Majesties
Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Setting the Hook
Products: A Range of Rescue Devices
Wx Watch: Radar Revolution
Dogfight: Time On Their Hands
Never Again
Fly-Outs
Fly by Wire
Pilots
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Hangar Talk
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Letters
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Waypoints
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Proficient Pilot
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Foundation Focus
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - License to Learn
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Pilot Counsel
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 39
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Fly Well
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Pilot Briefing
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - I1
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 49
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - LSA: Big Foot Kitfox
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Survival Mode
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Aerial Amazement
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Calm in Chaos
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 75
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 76
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 77
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 78
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Rebirth of the Pioneer RV
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 80
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 81
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 82
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Revisiting a Tragedy
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 84
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 85
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 86
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Bouncing Back
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Technique: Mountain Majesties
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 92
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes: Setting the Hook
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 94
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Products: A Range of Rescue Devices
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 96
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Wx Watch: Radar Revolution
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 98
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 99
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Dogfight: Time On Their Hands
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 101
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Never Again
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 103
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 104
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 105
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Fly-Outs
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - Fly by Wire
AOPA Pilot Magazine - April 2012 - 108
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