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. Continue reading "Stole it!"

Kitplanes Flies the New RV-12iS!

The new RV-12iS showcases its new engine - and many more detailed refinements that make this a capable, comfortable airplane.

Kitplanes was there for the first flight of the new RV-12iS in early July, and we were given a chance to evaluate the kit and aircraft improvements with a flight soon after. From a pilot's perspective, the RV-12iS handles like the original--responsive and stable, an excellent training or sport platform. The improved cockpit includes a new center-console throttle which feels quite natural, and fast-acting electric flaps to replace the manual flap handle of the original. Both add to the human factors of the cockpit in a positive way. Top speed of the new RV-12iS is limited to 120 knots, per LSA regulations, so the improvement in performance with the iS is most noticeable in an increased climb rate and better efficiency. Continue reading "Kitplanes Flies the New RV-12iS!"

Update on Rotax 915is Aircraft Engine from AERO Friedrichshafen


Rotax 915 iS


BRP-Rotax revealed the latest development progress on the Rotax 915 iS, a 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, turbocharged aircraft engine with intercooler and a redundant fuel injection system, during a press conference at the AERO Friedrichshafen, the largest trade show for general aviation in Europe. The engine is undergoing a final calibration in real flight mode. Since the maiden flight – performed March 12, 2016 – the Rotax 915 iS aircraft engine has flown 250 hours in real mode and a further 10,000 hours on test benches. Continue reading "Update on Rotax 915is Aircraft Engine from AERO Friedrichshafen"