Kolb Aircraft Company Launches New Website
Bryan Melborn, owner of the Kolb Aircraft Company located at Labhart Field (3KY2) in London, Kentucky, recently announced the launch of the new, official Kolb Aircraft website. The website blends company history, facilities, local geography, and company-related news with helpful information such as links to Kolb builders’ websites and frequently asked questions. Started over 30 years ago by Homer Kolb, the company is one of the oldest kit manufacturers of experimental light aircraft in the world. Read more
You can access the new website at www.KolbAircraft.com. The company’s e-mail address has been modified and now reflects the new URL. You can send e-mail to email@example.com or call 606-862-9692. Kolb kits include one single-seat FAR 103 version, named the FireFly, and six other models qualified as amateur-built experimental aircraft. The Kolb Aircraft Company hasn’t moved into the light-sport aircraft market and instead has focused on what they do best, which is to produce quality easy-to-build kit aircraft.
All Kolb aircraft feature folding wings and tail that allow for easy storage or trailering. The tail folds up and the wings fold back along the fuselage in about 15 minutes by one person. There are over 8,000 Kolb aircraft in existence. The website details the costs and attributes of each of the different aircraft kits offered, and links will soon be up for videos of the wing-folding procedure, building instructions, and videos of their aircraft in flight. In addition, it includes a blog page so “Kolbers” can share information and ask questions about their Kolb aircraft.
Kolb’s newest offering is the side-by-side Firestar II SS that is also the company’s first production tricycle airplane. It is said to be very stable and can match or exceed the takeoff and climb performance of the tandem Firestar II due to an 18-inch increase in the wingspan. It can use the Rotax 503 or 582 engines. Empty weight is 378 to 405 pounds depending on the engine choice, and the gross weight is 850 pounds. A tandem Firestar II can be converted to the side-by-side version with the purchase of a new cage and boom tube kit.