Mon, Jan 17, 2011
There's something about the Kitfox... an aircraft series that
was a true pioneer in the sport aviation arena for quite a number
of years... and through good times and bad. It was the aircraft
that brought thousands of pilots to aircraft ownership and inspired
many thousands more to pursue flight. As uniquely identified with
the early sport kit revolution as the Piper Cub was to early GA,
the Kitfox has not only weathered the last few decades fairly well,
but may yet see some of its finest days... in its future.
But... eyeball after eyeball was averted to one side or another
when cruising the North end of the Oshkosh sport aircraft
vendor and display area... as the sight of a highly modified Kitfox
Super Sport Series 7 (N12KA) in classic black and yellow paint and
sporting a finely adapted Rotec radial engine looked for all the
world as if the bird was the child of an illicit union between a
Monocoupe and a Kitfox. The effect was stunning and the machine not
only drew glances from far and wide, it walked away from Oshkosh
2010 with a serious award, a Bronze Lindy.
The Rotec conversion package is now available from Kitfox
aircraft and interested builders can recreate this vision for
themselves. The bird does 110 mph, on 5-7 GPH, and features all the
usual Kitfox accoutrements... including one of the slickest folding
wing mechanisms in the business.
Best of all, the latest iteration of the Kitfox company shows
serious staying power with excellent marks for customer service by
current clients... and while the past history was at times, a
turbulent one, current owner John McBean's helmsmanship appears to
be just what the 'Fox ordered.
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