As with EAA’s premiere LSA Mall at AirVenture 2005, the area is proving a huge hit again in 2006 and drawing large crowds interested in LSA. Not all 38 SLSA are present but all the leading brands (measured by deliveries) are on exhibit. *** One new model revealed at the event is Kappa Aircraft‘s KP-5. Though it was not rebadged, I’d at least call it a “B” model for its several significant changes. Most notable in the staggered seat design — with the left seat positioned several inches in front of the right seat — is a much wider 47-inch cabin. “Flight schools like the extra width so they can handle bigger students,” said importer Ed Miller. The “B” KP-5 has thicker wing skins (.027), filled pop rivets, and electric actuation for its excellent Fowler flaps (an earlier manual lever took some muscle). Inside a center console is narrower giving more foot room. I found the finish to be excellent and the new changes appealing.
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