SkyReach BushCat

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Role LSA Aircraft
National origin South Africa
Manufacturer Skyreach Aircraft
Number built 30 Worldwide
Unit cost
$49995-64500 USD SLSA
Developed from Cheetah XLS
Rainbow Skyreach BushCat

The SkyReach BushCat is a light sport aircraft developed from the Rainbow Aircraft Cheetah[1]


The BushCat is a two-place side-by-side strut-braced high-wing monoplane. It is an evolution of the Cheetah XLS, with some key changes. The landing gear has been updated to a single "spring" aluminum bar, the brakes have been improved (now hydraulic), and a more ergonomic throttle (longer arm rest). The changes are said to be a difference of 5% from the original Cheetah XLS design. Primary construction is of fabric-covered aluminum tube construction, available in the US with a choice of 3 Rotax engines, ranging from 65 to 100 HP. It can also be ordered with a Jabiru 2200. The plane features dual throttles, single center-mounted control stick, and flaps controlled by a ceiling-mounted bar. It has a useful load of 628 lb and can carry up to 81 lb of luggage. Manufacturer testing has shown the airframe to be capable of handling +6/-4 G. It is marketed as being an affordable Light Sports Aircraft, with other options available. As of 7/2014 the Firewall back kit cost is $22900 and the factory built SLSA ranges from $49995-63495 depending on engine choices.

The Cheetah XLS was introduced approximately in 2002, and the BushCat around 2012. There are currently about 130 flying Cheetahs and 30 flying BushCats, according to the USA Distributor, AeroSport.

Available in tricycle gear, taildragger, and also on floats

A tail-dragger BushCat in Israel

Specifications (BushCat)[edit]

Data from Manuafcturer

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 5.64 m (18 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 1.90 m (6.23 ft) At Wing
  • Empty weight: 280 kg (617 lb)
  • Gross weight: 565 kg (1,245 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 24.8 Gallons


  • Maximum speed: 169 km/h; 91 kn (105 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 153 km/h; 83 kn (95 mph) With 80HP Engine
  • Stall speed: 64 km/h; 35 kn (40 mph) Clean
  • Never exceed speed: 201 km/h; 109 kn (125 mph)
  • Range: 1,078 km; 582 nmi (670 mi) 80 HP Rotax
  • g limits: +6 -4G
  • Roll rate: 3 Seconds 45/45
  • Rate of climb: 5.1 m/s (1,000 ft/min) 80 HP Rotax

See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ "The New BushCat". Retrieved 20 August 2012.