Skystar Aircraft is developing an improved version of its popular Kitfox Series 6 two-seat kitplane.

The Series 7 was originally envisaged as the company's entry into the US Sport Plane production ultra-light category, but work on the new regulation has halted after the 11 September attacks.

As a result, Caldwell, Idaho-based Skystar has decided to make the Series 7 available as a kit. The aircraft will replace the Series 6, a popular tube-and-fabric kitplane.

The upgraded aircraft has an increased cruising speed of 130kt (240km/h), and a modest reduction in stall speed, the company says. Range has increased by almost 15%, and short-field performance has also been improved.

Assembly time is shorter, says Skystar. The Series 7 will make its public debut at the Sun 'n' Fun show in Lakeland, Florida, in April.

Source: Flight International