South African Bushbaby
1st of its kind to be Rotec Radial R2800 powered.
Arguably the "Bushbaby" is South Africa's most popular kitplane. The Bushbaby came into being in 1994 and is based on a Kitfox 4. Since 1994 over 160 kits have been produce by 2010 with several ending up in Australia.
Under the control of Boet the project rapidly progressed from 2007 to flight in 2009.
A heartening testimonial from Boet:
Photo: the late George Brink (right)& builder Boet Loubser (left) getting "The Animal" ready for its first flight.
All of us at Rotec would like to pass on our condolences to the Brink family and friends on the passing of George and his father who were involved in a fatal accident flying George's Cessna (C182RG) during the 2011 Presidents Trophy Air Race.
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26th August 2009: Flight!
May 2009: The engine is fully installed, the wiring for the greater part is done. The rest of the aeroplane is complete.
By April 2009: the wings were finished and attached, wiring oil and fuel lines installed. Cowl being finished. Ready for a 1st start
By March of 2008: oil tank was installed and cleaned up.
By early 2008 the engine mount was fabricated and the engine subsequently mounted
Between 2007 and early 2008: Kit is purchased and assembled. Early 2008 the fuse is covered. Wings assembled but not covered.