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KIS Cruiser

Ed Hanson is building a 4 place Kis Cruiser. This kit plane was manufactured by Tri-R Technologies in Oxnard CA. Rich Trickel, the owner of the company, lived in the Valpo/Hobart area as a young man and was in the body shop business. Some members may remember him. He has since sold the company assets to Pulsar Aircraft and is working for them setting up operations in Central America.

The Kis aircraft line included both 2 and 4 place models. Current builders, like me, rely on an internet list serve provided by a builder for help with questions, modifications pep talks and congratulations after first flights. Another builder has a web site devoted to Kis Building check it out . We also like to meet up with the other builders and owners to link up faces to names and see their projects. As of July 14,2008 I have installed both wings and am currently fitting the flaps and ailerons.
We had build night at my shop twice this year to close out both wings a month apart. The extra qualified hands sure were appreciated. 

I am ordering a new Lycoming IO 360 180 hp engine this week. I will mate it to a fixed pitch metal prop.

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