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2012 Alternative Engine Buyer’s Guide

...of ultralight and Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. Since 1995 Verner engines have been installed and tested successfully in a number of kit aircraft including the Kitfox, Avid and RANS. The traditional design...


This was discovered on the initial airworthiness inspection on a Kitfox. No pitch control stops were installed, allowing the full-forward movement of the stick to cause jamming of the pitch-control...

Insurance Update: Experimentals and LSAs

...higher-performance aircraft such as a Glasair, Lancair or RV, or trading down to a more sedate homebuilt such as a Zenith 601, 650 or a low-and-slow Kitfox. Because Falcon seeks...

Down to Earth

...Airline Transport Pilot rating, multi-engine and single-engine flight instructor ratings, as well as glider and rotorcraft (gyroplane) ratings. Shes helped with the build up of her Kitfox IV and RV-10....

25th Anniversary: Rutan’s Take

...more than 555 complete HAPI engines. Dan Denney moved on from being the first customer for the Avid Flyer to starting his own company to produce the Kitfox. Over the...


...building and flying never gets old—here the author takes his latest Kitfox on its first flight. When I hand over the Airworthiness Certificate to a builder, I can’t tell who...
Kitplanes June 2020

June 2020

On the cover: John McBean, president of Kitfox Aircraft, enjoys a flight in an S7 Super Sport on a near-perfect Idaho day. Photographed by Richard VanderMeulen. Table of Contents Checkered...
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Homebuilt Aircraft Insurance

...underwriting community when you roll out your new “four-engine Kitfox.” Insurance probably won’t happen. And if you are thinking about that high-powered kit jet aircraft and you are the “average”...

Kit-Aircraft Manufacturers: Okay So Far (UPDATED)

...Kitfox Aircraft continues to work. “First of all, we’re making sure all of our employees are well,” says John McBean, company owner. “We have a large enough work space that...

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All About Avionics: Wire Stripping and Crimping

Wire stripping and crimping might seem like a basic skills, but when done improperly can have nasty consequences. Stein Bruch gives an overview of the proper tools and methods you'll need to keep your avionics humming.

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