April 6, 1994
Vixen Documentation and Upgrade
All Vixen Owners who's Aircraft Serial Numbers are:
ECV001-ECV009, GCV010, HCV011-HCV012, ICV013-ICV018, JCV019-JCV022,
KCV024, LCV023, LCV025-LCV026, ADV027-ADV030
SkyStar Aircraft, Engineering Division
the Vixen is one of the first modern kitplanes to be designed from the
outset for international certification using the JAR-VLA standards, we
at SkyStar and you as builders
are participating in history. The Vixen is the first 'Kitfox™'
designed since 1984 that is not a
direct descendant from the original Model I; the changes and
improvements are too numerous to list.
advantages offered by the Vixen have been accompanied by difficulties
in our documentation and parts lists; the new design required us to
start from scratch. Unfortunately, our ability to document the kit
fell behind the efforts to create it. We apologize for the confusion
and inconvenience this situation has caused, and will be taking the
following steps in remedy:
All Vixen owners will be receiving a completely new
construction manual and parts list. The new manual chapters will be
delivered as shown below:
Introduction - April '94
Service Bulletins and Letters - April '94
Builder's Tips - April '94
Horizontal/Elevator - April '94
Fuselage Assembly - May '94
Wing Assembly - April '94
Landing Gear - April '94
Firewall Forward - April '94
Fabric Covering - June '94
Final Assembly - June '94
We have prepared a special data packet containing engineering
assembly drawings which will be made available upon request for those
who would like this information to proceed.
Parts which may not have appeared on existing packing lists,
but are shown on the new parts lists, will be sent to all appropriate
builders at no cost.
Each Vixen owner will receive a $100 credit to your account to
be used for future purchases, in consideration of the time and costs
you may have incurred seeking technical assistance from our staff.
The Customer Support organization will be especially alert to
the needs of Vixen customers, and will respond to requests for
assistance with increased vigor.
the documentation and parts issues have proved to be a challenge for
this new design, the international flavor of the Vixen is going to
provide all Vixen owners a special bonus. The Vixen was fully analyzed
to ensure compliance with U.S. Experimental Aircraft standards prior
to release, but European testing has just now been completed. It is
interesting to note that many foreign countries require experimental
aircraft to undergo what would be considered almost a full
certification process in the U.S. The tests required by foreign
countries are often different than those required here in the United
States, resulting in changes not required for domestic use. Our Kitfox™
Model IV, for example, has also undergone foreign testing, and
incorporates a special international kit (at extra cost) when shipped
overseas. The original intent of our Vixen design was to make the
domestic and international versions the same, but unanticipated test
results disclosed that modifications are required.
has designed an upgrade kit for the Vixen which will allow this plane
to meet its full potential in foreign markets. We have elected to
incorporate these engineering improvements in all future Vixen kits.
More important, we are going to provide a retrofit kit to all existing
Vixen owners, at no cost, to make sure you have the "latest and
greatest". These kits will be arriving shortly, and in the
interest of making sure all Vixens have equal capabilities, are
considered mandatory. A service bulletin will also be issued on this
SkyStar regrets the inconveniences which you may have encountered during the introduction phase of our new Vixen. We know the end results will meet or exceed your every expectation, and look forward to helping you complete your dream.