Kitplanes for Africa - Build for the Bush

03.03.2024





Founded in 1993, Kitplanes for Africa (KFA) (SACAA part 148 manufacturing approval no: M715) commenced production of the Bushbaby aircraft, which quickly gained recognition as a reliable Bushplane in the Microlight and Light Sport Aircraft category. It soon became South Africa's top-selling light aircraft, with over 300 units sold. Even to this day, the Bushbaby remains in production, retaining its reputation as an affordable and capable bush plane.

In 2003, KFA introduced the Explorer, an upgraded version of the Bushbaby. The Explorer featured improvements in the tail area, as well as a larger engine capable of accommodating the 135hp KFA turbo engine. Due to its popularity, KFA introduced a third model in 2008 called the Safari, boasting a maximum take-off weight of up to 750kg (Experimental) but limited to 600kg in the LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) category, powered by a Rotax 912 ULS engine.

Development and refinement of the product range is ongoing.

To date Kitplanes for Africa has produced in excess of 600 kits and aircraft, some of which have been exported to Germany, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway and Zimbabwe.

All KFA models are available in kit or fly-away form. Factory completed Safari aircraft will only be available from 2024 when all factory approvals will be in place. (depending on the country being exported too, every country has their own local rules with regards to accepting foreign production build UL aircraft) Kit delivery times vary according to factory work load but are currently at around 12 to 14 weeks.

The kits are easy to build and the average builder normally takes less than 700hr's to complete a build from a standard non-quick build kit. Various quick-build options are available that significantly reduce build times.



KFA has the best builder support in the industry. You become part of the KFA family when you build or own one of their aircraft and they will always be there to support you, no matter where you are in the world. No real special tools are required to build your own aircraft and the ones we recommend can be bought with the kit for less than $100.

Engineered for adventure is what Kitplanes do and "Build for the Bush" is their motto. Built to be off-field aircraft and suited to the harsh African environment. With super STOL capabilities, high payloads, a decent 100kt cruise (depending on engine and prop) and good endurance, the KFA range of aircraft are of the world's best in category aircraft when comparing safety, STOL performance, ease of maintenance, affordability and a long history behind it.

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