More than just an affordably priced airplane, BushCat adds value in through its versatility. The very tough and light Dacron-Trilam fabric covered aircraft (with no paint weight penalty) is available in tailwheel or nosewheel format, offers a roomy cabin that is 47.5-inches wide (8 inches wider than a Cessna 172!), and offers an excellent useful payload of up to 670 pounds resulting in a generous 520 pound payload with full fuel (24.8 gallons). Additional features include sprung aluminum landing gear, hydraulic brakes, dual controls via a central stick, dual rudder pedals, pitch trim, and unique dual throttles at the end of each outside armrest that fold up out of your way for entry/exit. Plus, everyone can enjoy BushCat’s wide-open visibility. For those seeking water capability, AeroSport offers the amphibian BushCat that continues the low purchase prices of SkyReach with ease of maintenance and low operating costs.
BushCat is represented in the U.S. by AeroSport, distributor for SkyReach (Pty) Ltd., a company previously known to readers as Rainbow Aircraft, maker of the Cheetah. When SkyReach took over and professionalized the organization and marketing, they rebranded the aircraft as BushCat. They also made a series of positive improvements to an airplane that flew well and had singular features.
AeroSport represents BushCat from southeastern Wisconsin, offering a central location. AeroSport’s hanger and maintenance facility is located two miles north of Galt Airport (10C) on a private grass airstrip. Conveniently, this location has an available guest house for weekend demo flights or build assisted assembly projects. AeroSport is operated by Daniela F. Knoll (president) and Jeremy R. Knoll.
Working with SkyReach, the Knolls are bringing the promise of Light-Sport Aircraft that everyone expected in 2004 when FAA released the rule: they are supplying an affordable aircraft for less than $50,000 (though prices change; please contact AeroSport for the latest information). Such a modest price is actually less than anyone expected ten years ago. For that low cost you get a ready-to-fly airplane powered by the ASTM-compliant Rotax 582 engine. If you prefer a four stroke Rotax 912, the price is still only a bit over $60,000, a price equivalent to $50,000 in 2004. Yes, you can afford BushCat. The 51% airframe kit sells for a little over $20,000 and you can choose a powerplant to find total savings of half to a third of the fully manufactured price.
If you are seeking an affordable LSA that will give years of enjoyment without busting your budget, BushCat by SkyReach may be your flying machine.
Phone: (262) 448-1122Twin Lakes, WI 53181
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