Being the first new generation airplane produced in Africa, the Bushbaby family has proven to be not just South Africa, but Africa’s most successful kit aircraft.
Situated at the Petit Airfield, Gauteng, South Africa, Kitplanes for Africa produces 12-15 airframe kits and builds up 4-6 airplanes to test-flight completion per year. The facility is also home to Komati Flight Academy offering weight shift and light sport flight training on tail or nose-wheel aircraft; although the school specialises in tailwheel training and advanced bush flying. See the school website www.fun2fly.co.za for more details
To date Kitplanes for Africa has produced in excess of 200 airframes, some of which have been exported to Australia, UK, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Kitplanes for Africa began producing the Bushbaby in 1994. The initial aircraft was modelled on the popular and very successful Kitfox 4. In 2003 the airframe benefited from some significant upgrades and the Explorer was born. In 2008 the Safari was developed and like the Explorer this is also a further development on the original Bushbaby. The Safari has an 8 inch wider cockpit and firewall, longer fuselage, higher tail fin, larger elevator and rudder.