Kitfox Airplanes

December 15, 2013

Kitfox Airplanes 7

Model 1 (1984) Serial #1-257

The Kitfox Model 1 introduced the nostalgic “bump” cowl that has become the signature of the Kitfox. This cowl design was originally intended to accommodate a small radial engine, but the engine intended for the Kitfox never matured. The “round engine” look was retained, and remains popular today. The compact Model 1 had an empty weight of only 425 pounds, and a gross weight of 850 pounds. The Rotax 532 was the engine of choice, although other two-stroke engines have been used.From a flying standpoint, the Kitfox Model 1 would be called an ultralight by today’s standards. It is a very simple, basic airplane that is light weight and relatively high powered (usually 65 HP). The interior can best be described as “cozy, ” and the aircraft was usually built without dual brakes. The Model 1 accelerates rapidly and has light ailerons. There is a good deal of adverse yaw coupled with a neutral yaw axis. The adverse yaw is easily taken care of with rudder, but the rudder feel is different than most contemporary airplanes. Basically, if you push the rudder to yaw the plane, it will stay yawed. You may have to physically move the rudder to bring the nose back to the center. It takes time to adapt to this characteristic, but it is easily learned. The flaperons may be moved as flaps to affect pitch trim and lower the stall speed. Lowering the flaperons to more than 2/3 of their full travel will result in up to a 50% reduction in roll rate. Takeoffs and landings are quite normal for a tailwheel airplane and easier than most. The nose fuel tank keeps most of the mass (center of gravity) right along the centerline, and directional control is not a major challenge.

Gross weight

850 lbs.

Average cruise speed

75 mph

Stall Speed

36 mph

Average empty weight

426 lbs.

Average useful load

424 lbs.

Max speed (Vne)

100 mph

Cabin width

36 in.

Wing span

32 ft.

Length (wings folded)

21 ft.

Width (wings folded)

7 ft. 10 in.


67 in.

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