Established August 1993, Kitplanes for Africa started producing the Bushbaby aircraft. The Bushbaby made a name for itself as a true Bushplane in the Microlight and Light Sport Aircraft category and soon became South Africa's best selling light aircraft with more than 160 sold. 2003 saw the birth of the Explorer, in essence a larger Bushbaby. With some upgrades and subtle changes in the process, a third model was added in 2008 to the already popular pool called the Safari. The Safari is the largest of the three models with a maximum take off weight of 750kg (Experimental) but restricted to 600kg in the LSA (light sport category) and with a Rotax 912 ULS engine.
KFA is based at the Petit Airport (FARA) near Benoni, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2018 the process for acquiring the German type approval for the Bushbaby Explorer was started. This aircraft fell into the new 600kg UL category in Germany and it was decided to use the German DULV (a local German Rereational Ultright Assosiation) as the certifying body and also use the LTF-UL 2019 certification standard as the basis for the approval. It was also decided to rename the Bushbaby Explorer to the EXPLORER UL-600. During October 2018 all structural and computational requirements were met and the factory prototype was issued a Permit to Fly. The type certificate for the KFA Explorer UL-600 was issued during December 2019 and the aircraft is now certified as a 600kg UL aircraft in Germany.
All KFA models will be available in kit or fly-away form. Factory completed Safari aircraft will only be available from mid 2021 when all approvals should 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 8 weeks.
The kits are easy to build and the average builder normally takes less than 600hr’s to complete a build from a standard non-quickbuild kit. Various quick-build options are available that significantly reduce build times.