The Kitfox Series 7 introduces
a variety of both major and subtle changes in the Kitfox history of ongoing
product development. Most noteworthy is a variety of engine system enhancements
that have resulted in an airplane that can cruise at over 150 mph, fly 700 miles
non-stop, and heft a useful load of 700 pounds. Through use of the remarkable
Rotax 914, turbo-charged engine, the Kitfox Series 7 has a service ceiling of
25,000 feet, meaning it can operate from any public use airport in the United
States, without concern over runway length, field elevation or air temperature.
Flight control improvements
have lowered the landing speed and reduced aileron induced yaw. The larger
elevator and new manual trim system strengthen pitch authority and stability.
The entire Rotax engine installation has been greatly simplified, resulting in a
significant reduction in assembly time. This new installation also results in
much improved windshield weatherproofing. Like the Kitfox Series 6, which has
been replaced by the Series 7, convertible landing gear, folding wings, and many
custom features are standard.
While many of the Series 7
performance improvements are achieved with the Rotax 914, Continental and
Lycoming engines, in addition to the popular Rotax 912S, remain very popular
engine choices. Most Series 7 improvements can be retrofitted to the Kitfox
Series 5 and 6.