Kit fox or bearhawk

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    What do you guys think.
    Kit fox pros side by side seating cons wood wings
    bearhawk pros all metal cons seating front back
     
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    If size or cost does not matter, how big of a project can you finish? I would say building a Bearhawk would be like building 2 Kit Foxes concurrently. You will have more airplane when completed with the Bearhawk. I like the Bearhawk but It is just be too big of a project compared to a 2 seater and time to completion.
     
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    Not sure which Bearhawk you are talking about. The 4 seat Bearhawk, the 2 seat tandem Bearhawk Patrol, or the 2 seat tandem Bearhawk LSA, but I'll take any them over the Kit Fox.

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    The Bearhawk 4-seater is a serious airplane: engine up to O-540, designer built it to haul airplane engines. Kitfox is more of a recreational toy.
     
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    Very true. An old friend and myself built all the hard tooling, jigs and built 4 of the 4 seat Bearhawks. Building one of the 4 seat Bearhawk is a large job,( the jigs and tooling made the last 3 go much quicker). The Bearhawk LSA is a much easier and quicker airframe to build and there is nothing that can match it in the LSA's for cockpit room, useful load, cruise speed, low stall speed, short field performance in one airframe.
     
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    There is only wood ribs in Kitfox, not wood wing. BIG difference.
     
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    take a look at the kitfox instructions. You can find a sample on their website. I thought they were very well written. Great illustrations/graphics.
     
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    Kitfox gets my vote mostly because flying and building is just a hobbie, the wings are quite strong.
     

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    What's the mission?

    That is, how much do you need to carry, what are your seating requirements, how far do you need to go, what fields do you need to operate from?

    Oh, and how much money do you have, and do you have experience working in either method of construction?

    It's hard to provide a definite answer off of just "which one?"
     
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    With a Kitfox you are committed to a kit. With the Bearhawk LSA you can scratch build every single piece or buy just wings or wing parts or anything in between. The LSA is a winner in the performance category too. I'm a fan of all of Bob Barrows designs if you haven't already figured that out. I like working from Bob's plans too.
     
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    My vote would be for the Bearhawk, I live not far from the Kit Fox factory(15mi), I been in it a few times.
     
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    If you decide to go for the Bearhawk Patrol,I can save you some money on the plans. Like the above comments, its a great airplane. Personally, I prefer metal wing covering and metal ribs,
    but thats just my preference. The Patrol has more capacity and you can "buy" completed parts, build some or all parts, or buy a kit. With the KitFox (another fine airplane) you have to buy
    the kit. Some people build the Patrol fuselage and buy the wings. It lets you work while saving money for the wing kit...which is mostly complete when delivered.
     
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    The Bearhawk LSA would probably be the most comparable to the Kitfox in terms of weight, size, cost, power, etc.
    But it sounds like you're talking about the Bearhawk Patrol.

    As an aircraft, the Patrol would be superior in terms of basically every performance spec. It would also be a larger build and investment, me thinks.
     

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