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Kitfox Aircraft'is a beast' with turbocharged engine

January 16, 2013, 11:46 am

Kitfox Aircraft recently announced that its turbocharged​ Rotax914 engine will now be available as an option for both is light sport aircraft and experimental/amateur-built​ kits.

President John​ McBean told General Aviation news that the Kitfox is a good performer on 100 horsepower, but with a​ turbocharged 115 horsepower engine, "it is a beast."

"We use our factory airplanes in the Idaho backwoods quite often, where summertime temperatures can make for very high density altitudes," McBean told the news source. "The Rotax 914 is capable of maintaining takeoff power (115 hp) up to 8,000 feet, and continuous power (100 hp) to 16,000 feet. As a result, the 914-powered Kitfox will take off shorter, climb stronger and cruise faster than the 912 machine at these altitudes.”

Kitfox Aircraft expects strong sales of the plane as it starts equipped  at $95,995.

A separate company reported their own deliveries throughout last year, showing promise for the general aviation industry as a whole. CubCrafters reported earlier this month that it delivered 58 planes in 2012, up 23 percent from its all-time delivery record in 2011.

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