A new A22LS Foxbat owner – Peter Mulder from Queensland – recently saw a photo on the Foxbat website of some decals on a Foxbat and decided he’d like something similar on his own aircraft.
The original aircraft he saw belongs to Andrew Wood, based in South Australia – his Foxbat is yellow, with red, silver and black ‘stripes’, which I’m sure you’ll agree, looks very handsome. (click the photo for a bigger version)
Peter’s aircraft is white and has no wheel spats. However, he contacted Andrew, who contacted his decal designer/maker who agreed to make a set of decals for Peter. These were sent to me to arrange for them to be professionally applied before the aircraft was collected for its flight home to Queensland.
Decals are a relatively inexpensive and effective way of turning your aircraft into a potentially unique machine. However, beware – if you own a composite aircraft, check with the manufacturer before applying different coloured decals, particularly on structural surfaces. In direct sunlight, the temperature differential between dark and light coloured surfaces can quickly exceed the composite material limits and lead to hidden heat fractures which could have disastrous repercussions. That’s why you see so few composite aircraft painted in striking designs and colours. Even Cirrus has strict limits on what designs can be applied to their aircraft! Thankfully, metal airframes allow a much wider use of colours and decals.
If you are interested in a set of decals for your A22 – in your own preferred colours – please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with the manufacturer.