Aircraft Review

December 2010 Issue

Kitfox LSA: Taildragger or Trike?

You can buy it in either version. Because of its performance, long pedigree and build quality, this LSA is a top value.

We’re running out of ways to explain why what was supposed to be the shining salvation of aviation—the light sport aircraft industry—has thus far failed to deliver a three-run homer. Would-be buyers continue to complain that no one has produced a decent $40,000 LSA, but someone has produced a good one for a little more than twice that: The Kitfox. As a kit company, Kitfox has been around since the early 1980s in various iterations and its basic design idea has evolved through a number of variants and one European knockoff. And the big idea? A conventional welded-tube structure covered with fabric and with expansive clear plastic doors, a glass roof and a huge baggage compartment.

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