Al Marsh

Light sport aircraft fly to Bahamas

January 29, 2012 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

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When you think of small, two-seat, 1,320-pound light sport aircraft, you think of something best suited for short trips. The owner of Kitfox Aircraft, John McBean, and the owner of an Idaho flight school that trains Kitfox customers, Paul Leadabrand (in the yellow Kitfox with huge tundra tires), might just change your mind. They flew their two Kitfox airplanes first from Idaho to Sebring for the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, and then on to the Bahamas. The airplane started as a kit with thousands now sold, but is also offered as a factory built light sport aircraft. You’ll see a report on it in “AOPA Pilot” in coming months. (I flew the yellow one seen here.) (Click photos to enlarge.)

Kitfox aircraft fly near a rainbow while touring Bahamas

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4 Responses to “Light sport aircraft fly to Bahamas”

  1. CRAZEDpilot Says:

    As a Kitfox owner I am very proud to see this kind of exposure for the use of Light Sport aircraft. They are extremely reliable, portable (folding wing) and a great taildragger for training with almost a 30 years of history & experience to their name.

  2. Charleston Wedding Says:

    This is impressive, Idaho to the Bahamas, I bet that was an amazing trip. I was actually doing some research on flying to the Bahamas and turns out it’s easier than you think. The best part is being able to island hoop when you get there! I love the tundra tires by the way! That’s the only way to fly!

  3. Paul Says:

    How far can it go on one tank? If it flew all the way from Idaho to Florida, 2000+ miles without stopping, then that’s amazing! I’m sure John and Paul had a blast in the Bahamas congrats to those tw0.

  4. Paul Says:


    Typo at the end there sorry.

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