Stole it!



We’re spending a few days in the Idaho back country, and stopped by the Kitfox headquarters in Homedale before heading in to the mountains. Saw the big, bad STi sitting there with a new engine (Las time we saw it, the nose was sporting a Lyclone), and we just had to try it. Liked it so much that we stole it for a few days and will pop around to the wilderness strips while Louise takes our Tundra.

The latest incarnation sports the Rotax 915iS turbocharged, injected, electronic-ignition engine and a constant speed MT prop–all controlled through a single power lever to make it simple. Plenty of boost for quick takeoffs and climbs at high density altitudes off of short strips, and then you pull it back for a nice economy cruise at five gallons per hour. This is our first chance to try out this power plant, and I look forward to putting a few hours on it.

Same fun Kitfox handling, and those big tires laugh at rocks, ruts, and holes in the runway. You can land it like a fly stopping on a window – it just sticks where you put it.

Off to the back country – watch for more in a future issue!

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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