Builders share their successes.


Frederick Lohrs Seawind

I took delivery of my kit in 1997, and the first flight was in the fall of 2003. It was built by the book, and I truly enjoyed the building process, especially meeting other Seawind builders. I fly the plane in the Chesapeake Bay area and do at least one or two landings on the water each time I fly. I was about 150 feet over the Chester River at 150 knots when this photo was taken by a boater who was kind enough to send it along.

Chestertown, Maryland

Jack Smits Midget Mustang

My Midget Mustang has an O-200A engine with SS pressurized engine plenum and three-blade prop with a chromed 16×18 spinner. There are many deviations from the original design, and I have reengineered the aileron bearing plates, flap operation, elevator trim, fuel transfer from tip tanks to header tank with inverted tri-level cutout of pump/annunciator, remote primer relay, canopy locking mechanism as per Katana. It is a unique airplane with an all-electric glass cockpit (no vacuum), RV flap operator, Dynon FlightDEK and one-axis EZ Pilot autopilot that is driven off the AvMap GPS. It has a one-piece, tilt-up sliding cockpit (the closest thing to an F-16). It has tip tanks with strobes and LED landing lights and elevator trim that are operated from the Infinity (Phantom F-4) joystick. I use a small 12-amp B&C permanent magnet alternator (I don’t need much power) and lightweight B&C starter. It has a solar panel below the bubble with a built-in 12-volt diode on the turtledeck (max 1.8 watt) to charge the battery, auxiliary power for plug-ins or to run other avionics. The ELT is the 406 MHz coded unit with annunciator panel. My switches are always lit up by a flat light luminous strip behind an SS stencil lettering that was laser-cut.

Jack Smits
Richmond Hills, Ontario Canada

Bruce Hoisingtons Kitfox Series 7

On January 5, 2006, after three years and two months, I test-flew my Kitfox Series 7. The flight went without a flaw, and the airplane flew absolutely great. What a thrill it was after spending over 1400 hours of building my first airplane. I wondered if this day would ever come, but dedication and persistence finally paid off. I now have 165 hours of pure fun flying on it. Powered by a Rotax 912ULS (100 hp) and using a three-blade, in-flight adjustable medium IvoProp, the takeoff roll is about 250 feet and it climbs at 1000 fpm. It is equipped for basic VFR. I would encourage anyone looking for a great STOL and fun airplane to consider the Kitfox. A very special thanks to John and Deb McBean for all of their help and to Bill Lewis, who helped me throughout the covering process.

Bruce Hoisington
Bend, Oregon


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