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Old 07-09-2018, 06:49 PM   #1
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Iíve just finished day 3 of 4 days at Stick and Rudder at Greenleaf Air Ranch in Idaho. Iíve been flying with Paul Leaderbrand in order to get some experience in a SS7 before I start the test flying of my build, which I hope will be some time later this year. The concentrated flying with someone who I think is a Jedi in Kitfox flight training and in back country flying has been worth every second and dollar spent so far. He knows the aircraft like the back of his hand and has given me fantastic insight into the handling characteristics of what is really, quite a high performing airplane for this class of airplane. I came to Paul with around 30 hours of tailwheel experience, but heís given me more insight into the ďwhyísĒ of tailwheel flying than I was aware of. We spent couple days in the back country of Idaho flying into some great places, some with interesting and challenging circuit procedures. Places like Sulphur Creek, Johnstonís Creek and Big Creek were really fun to fly in to. Iíve been really impressed with the capabilities of the airplane and even after 3 days, Iím feeling way better equipped to throttle up on day one of my own project, even though Iíve had the odd ďbrain fadeĒ on couple of landings. Bottom line for me, as a SS7 builder, this training is the best insurance I can have for my project. Totally recommend S&R for KF specific training to anyone either without a t/w endorsement of even limited t/w time on other types.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:17 PM   #2
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Good for you David for making this wise decision. I wish auto, home, life and health insurance was as much fun to purchase as Stick & Rudder training insurance is. Great endorsement. Enjoy your remaining flight time with Paul. Paul and his operation are top shelf. Pretty nice aircraft too.

Just a thought. Even with all the training with Paul, you will be amazed the first time you fly your Kitfox solo. Everything happens even faster if you can imagine especially in regards to take off performance. Be ready.
These are high performance aircraft I quite agree.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:23 PM   #3
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Great report, thanks for posting. Looks like a blast!


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Old 07-10-2018, 08:06 AM   #4
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Definitely money well spent, and what a showroom the Idaho backcountry is for the Kitfox!
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:48 PM   #5
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Thanks, this keeps the excitement of building high.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:22 PM   #6
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Just a thought. Even with all the training with Paul, you will be amazed the first time you fly your Kitfox solo. Everything happens even faster if you can imagine especially in regards to take off performance. Be ready.
These are high performance aircraft I quite agree.
Steve, I can just imagine how this airplane will perform with one on board. We had smallish headwinds today but the takeoff and climb performance was outstanding. When I do my first flight, I know that I wonít be afraid of it - slightly nervous, undoubtedly - but Iíll respect itís capability. Thatís why I did the training.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:26 PM   #7
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Definitely money well spent, and what a showroom the Idaho backcountry is for the Kitfox!
The Idaho backcountry is magnificent for flying. Learning how to ďshopĒ a remote airstrip and then fly the pattern and land is a fantastic feeling.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:49 AM   #8
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I was surprised at all the new aspects of piloting that are involved with flying to back country airstrips. Certainly recommend the training if you are ever taking your airplane to these types of places. Paul is really laid back so the learning is enjoyable.
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