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The easy to build FireStar is designed to carry two people and give great climb performance with Hirth 3202, 55hp engine. With the gross weight of 725 lbs. and slow stall speed, it qualifies as an experimental kit build light sport aircraft... Perfect for Sport Pilot. The standard engine for the FireStar is the Hirth 3202 is equipped with a 2.58:1 gear reduction drive turning a 66 inch diameter fixed pitch propeller. This combination gives outrageous climb performance and a top speed of 80 mph.

Dick Rahill after landing his Kolb FireStar
Pictured above is Dick Rahill getting ready to fly a Kolb FireStar 



HIGH PERFORMANCE
The FireStar is an extremely versatile aircraft. Its performance is truly amazing due to its light weight, generous wing area and large diameter propeller. The numbers do not adequately convey the performance profile. It must be seen to be believed. The take-off and climb rate of the Kolb FireStar is truly astounding. No other light plane kit even comes close. This performance, combined with the good propeller ground clearance, allows for operation from many types of improved fields.

STURDY CONSTRUCTION
For strength and durability in airframe structures, aluminum and steel are superior.  The heart of the FireStar, the fuselage cage, is made from strong factory welded 4130 chrome-moly steel. We also use 4130 steel in all high stress areas.   FireStar wings have rigid truss ribs and a massive 5" aircraft aluminum wing spar all  covered with Stits aircraft covering. Permanent UV protection eliminates fabric degradation.

SPORTY HANDLING
The FireStar, like all Kolb aircraft, utilizes traditional cable and push-pull tube controls which give a solid feel. The half span ailerons have good roll authority at higher speeds while still being powerful enough at lower speeds to retain roll control even through a stall. It takes very little power to maintain minimum flying speed and such flying is more enjoyable in a FireStar because of engine noise and fuel consumption are at minimum. Optional mechanical brakes provide for sure stops so the FireStar can be landed and stopped in very tight areas. The optional individual heel pedals allow for a tighter turning radius which improves the already excellent ground handling.

Although Kolb aircraft are easy to fly and have gentle flight characteristics, they are also high performance aircraft. We recommend training or some transition training before attempting flight in our aircraft.

GREAT VISIBILITY
The FireStar is a great sight seeing aircraft and the fact is, better visibility makes more enjoyable flying. The pusher configuration of the FireStar provides the vastly superior visibility that Kolb aircraft have become known for. There is 360 degree visibility from the cabin and the optional clear lexan gap seal between the wings over the cockpit lets you see straight up. The optional full enclosure allows for comfortable flying in cooler weather and can be removed easily for real open flying. The rear engine eliminates exhaust fumes and reduces noise levels.

Bryan Melborn flying the Kolb FireStar
Pictured above is Bryan Melborn flying the Kolb FireStar.

 

Tom O'Sullivan standing by his Kolb FireStar
Pictured above is Tom O'Sullivan standing by his Kolb FireStar.



FOLDING WINGS & TAIL
Like all Kolb aircraft, the FireStar has folding wings and tail which 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.  Everything stores right on the airframe.

The FireStar second seat option can be added at anytime, even after the aircraft is completed.

 

Dependability & Safety Kolb has delivered quality airplane kits since 1980.
Versatile Build your FireStar as a single seat ultralight or 2 seat experimental.
Performance Clean lightweight design has awesome take-off and climb performance
Structure Tough durable 4130 factory welded steel fuselage - aluminum wings & tail - Stitts
Design Time proven traditional design & construction methods
Handling Responsive, yet docile handling for excellent control
Convertible Removable doors & windows for summer and winter flying
Visibility 360 visibility for greater safety and flying enjoyment
Portability Quick trailer to air, one person, no tools

 

SPECIFICATIONS  
Seating one or 2 tandem
Wing Span 27 ft.
Wing Area 140 sq. ft.
Length 22 ft., 6 in. (same folded)
Height 6 ft. 3 in. (same folded)
Height and width are based on standard wooden prop. Larger prop with more blades add to the height and width of the aircraft.
Width (folded) 5 ft. 6 in. at wheels
Height and width are based on standard wooden prop. Larger prop with more blades add to the height and width of the aircraft.
Empty Weight 325 lbs. (typically)
Gross Weight 725 lbs
Weight is approximate and may vary . Manufacturer's tolerances in tube wall thickness, engine size, and doping and painting of the aircraft are a few of the many items which may introduce weight variations..
Fuel Capacity 5 or 10 gal.
Load Factor +4 -2 g (limit)
Stall Speed 27 mph 
Vne 90 mph
Build Time Approx. 350 hrs.
Factory Quick Build offered by Custom Air Approx. 180 hrs
Full Assembly Option Available Builder assist program with Custom Air.

 

HIRTH ENGINE                     3202
                  solo/dual
Reduction Unit Gearbox, 2.58:1
Propeller 66 in. diameter two-blade wood
62 in. diameter three-blade wood
Takeoff Distance 100 ft. (s)
 200 ft (d)
Rate of Climb is based on a 175 lb. pilot. 1200 fpm (s)
  800 fpm (d)
Cruise Speed 80 mph (70% power)


FACTORY QUICK BUILD These structures/operations are done
Wings 2 Built
Ailerons 2 Built
Vertical Stabilizer 1 Built
Horizontal Stabilizers 2 Built
Elevators 2 Built
Rudder 1 Built
Wing  Alignment Wings are attached and aligned with fuselage
Lift Struts Are assembled to correct length
Tail Alignment Tail surfaces are aligned and attached to fuselage tube
Tail Wire Bracing Made to length with ends swedged
Tail Hinges All hinges for horizontal stabilizers, elevator, rudder, aligned, and temporarily installed.
Fuselage " H " Section Installed

FIRESTAR FABRIC COVERING KIT
FireStar
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$1755
(subject to change)


Fabric covering and finish paint are NOT included in kit prices. The Kolb Covering Kit uses the Poly-Fiber process.  The Kit includes fabric, fabric tapes, fabric cement (Poly-Tak), fabric coatings (Poly-Brush), solvents, special large head fabric rivets, a Rib Rivet Drilling Fixture, Poly-Fiber Manual, and an instructional video.  Finish Paint is not included in the Fabric Covering Kit, however, 50 Poly-Fiber colors are available.

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