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into what are described as ultralight aircraft, advanced ultralight
light sport aircraft, experimental light sport aircraft, experimental
aircraft, amateur built aircraft, ELSA or homebuilt
aircraft in the United States and Canada. These include
weight shift aircraft, more commonly known as trikes,
powered parachutes, and powered para-gliders.
Kitfox Lite Squared experimental
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longer in business
No longer in production.
At Sun N Fun in 1984 I had the
pleasure to interview an aircraft designer and manufacturer
called Dan Denney. He was at the show with his new Kitfox.
Dan and his Kitfox became one of the leaders in light
aircraft manufacturing in the world.
Dan has since sold the factory and design
to move on to other things. The factory continues to build
the Kitfox in a number of models. This year they introduced
their latest design the Kitfox Lite squared.
The Kitfox Lite squared is being introduced
primarily as an ultralight trainer, and to fit into the new
sport pilot program. According the factory "about 2 months
before Sun N Fun the decision was made to offer the Kitfox
Lite in a trike configuration." "The reason for this was
that research has shown that a lot of pilots are intimidate
by tail draggers add to this that most conventional training
facilities are training on tri-cycle gear style aircraft."
Another consideration was "the additional cost of insuring
tail dragger aircraft." "Buy coming out with a tri-cycle
geared aircraft we have been able to get around the sales
objections of a tail wheeled aircraft"
Until the Sport Pilot Program is accepted
the Lite squared will be only offered as a ready to fly
aircraft to ultralight flight training schools, but it is
also available to the schools in kit form, or can also be
built and flown under the experimental category.
"In the case of the Light Squared we have
it down to a 400 hour build time" this is possible
because"we have prebuilt the frame, and wings, and rigged
the wings to airframe, leaving you with simple nut and bolt
construction to finish off the airplane."
"Once up and flying the Light equipped
with a 503 Rotax engine, will give you between a 500 and 700
per minute climb rate, cruise at 80 mph." With a 912 Rotax
engine the performance figures for climb will nearly double
and cruise will increase to over 100 mph."
The Lite Squared like all Kitfox models
has folding wings for quick and easy storage. For short
trips the wings can be folded and the craft pulled along the
highway on it's own gear, using a special tow bar. There are
also a number of trailers available specifically designed to
allow transport of a 'wing folded Kitfox."
In 2000, SkyStar introduced the Kitfox Lite Squared as a
two-place companion to the single-place Kitfox
Lite. The Lite
Squared was a
reconfigured version of the Kitfox Classic 4, and rapidly
gained popularity in the ultralight community.
The Lite Squared also seemed to be the ?poster child? for
the newly proposed Sport Pilot regulations, but time changed
that viewpoint. The Kitfox Series
finally selected as SkyStar's entrant into the Sport Plane
market. With the implementation of Sport Pilot regulations,
the ultralight trainer category of airplane was eliminated,
resulting in the discontinuation of the Lite Squared version
of the Classic
Squared specifications and data.
Kitfox Lite Squared
experimental homebuilt lightsport aircraft
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