"I had repair
work done on my Cesnsa 170A wings, and at the same time had one of
your kits installed. I have been very pleased...they are just what
the 170 needed! Performance is better, landings are more stable,
stall speed is less."
- Barney Bryan -
"My Cessna 172 has the STOL kit with gap seals. As far as my
impressions of the package, I feel that it gives me a greater margin
of safety in take offs and landings, since under any given
circumstances I can take off or land in a shorter distance. Aside
form that it's more fun to fly than a standard C-172. In a max
performance takeoff the plane leaps off the ground.
On landings, my only complaint is that I usually have to taxi so far
to the first taxiway since my landings are so short, but that is
something I'll gladly LIVE with.
- Lance Bottari -
"A 1970 Cessna
172 Tail Dragger conversion loves the
new STOL capability, especially the reduction in approach speed.
My first time out, I went to altitude, slowed down below 40 MPH
indicated and was so amazed, forgot about the flaps! A hard stall
occurs at about a guesstimated 30 MPH indicated. With full power and
full flaps, a stall is difficult to get into and easy to
recover. The angle of attack is unbelievable.
Conversion to conventional gear increases speed, climb, economy,
etc., but the Horton Kit even increased performance to a greater
- John Wright -
"I purchased a Horton STOL Kit
for my Cessna 172L series in April of 1983. I am so pleased with
what it did for my airplane, that I had to write this letter and
thank Horton STOL Craft for having such a kit available.
It was the least expensive, compared to all the other ones I
inquired about and its definitely performs far better than I
expected. Again, thank you for such a fine safety and performance
- Art McCoy -
"I am extremely pleased with
your STOL kit and it has transformed the low speed characteristics
of my aircraft dramatically without reduction of cruise
speed. Increased aileron effectiveness and lower approach and
landing speeds make my Cessna 185 easier to land and operate at low
speed. The improved characteristics of the aircraft after fitting
your kit exceeded my expectations.
I would strongly recommend the fitting of your STOL kit to any early
model Cessna Aircraft."
- David Reid -
"I don't think that I have
ever written a product endorsement letter before, but I can't seem
to get the grin off my face! This afternoon for the first
time, I test flew my 1964 Cessna 205A with your STOL kit in place.
It had such a profound impact on the way the plane performs and
handles that I was left in awe. My safety margins have been
significantly improved. It won't modify the kind of flying that I do
with the plane, it will only make it safer. I can't imagine a more
elegant or effective modification for my plane."
- Jack Pines -
"I am absolutely delighted
with the STOL performance on my T210. I have now had enough practice
that I have no hesitation in rotating the aircraft after about 600
feet and letting the plane head for the sky. The 210 has never been
known for its take-off performance, but with the Horton conversion
it is certainly a different plane."
- Mal Gross -
"I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the STOL
conversion on my 1980 Cessna 182. It is unbelievable to me and
everyone else that I have demonstrated the plane to, the difference
in performance. I feel the Horton STOL conversion is the best
investment, improvement and safety feature I have made. It far
exceeded my expectations."
- Jack Stuteville -
"A short letter to say how impressed I am with your STOL kit
performance. We installed the kit on my Cessna 182 during the two
weekends finding the drawings clear and straight forward.
recommend this change to anyone interested in the added safety
achieved when it is flown by the normal book numbers."
- Keith Arnold -
"Having flown my 1968 Piper
Arrow for the last year and a half with your STOL kit installed, I
must say that it is everything you said it would be and more. The
extra margin of safety over the stock Cherokee is remarkable. I have
flown this 180 HP airplane in high winds, off of four inches of
snow, and in and out of short strips with excellent results. Always,
I have felt it was your kit that made the difference."
- David O'Brien -
"I did my usual buy it don't
buy it, routine with the Horton kit for my 1956-172. All I can say,
not that I've learned how to fly it again, is WOW, and I should have
done this years ago.
with the kit installed, was a normal takeoff, same speeds etc. I
really expected to loose some cruise speed, which I can't detect of
any loss, at least not by the airspeed indicator. I did some air
work with the same temps and humidity as was a couple of weeks
before, without the kit installed. Then I found what I had lost with
the installation of the of the kit. A full ten MPH off the
power on Stall, and almost as much with power off. The
real kicker, was the fact that there's not a stall with power on, it
just gently nods the nose back to level, and starts flying. Power
off stalls show a little more stall, but with either, aileron
control is very positive all the way through the stall.
With my mentor
and hero Earl (he's built more planes than most have flown) on board
with me, It climbs at 500 FPM, indication 45 MPH. Both of us weigh
in at around 250, so that's quite a feat out of an 0-300. Stalls
were the same with both of us in the plane, and taking notes so as
not to land and make mistakes about the speeds.
I said I had to
learn to fly again, landing and taking off is more the case. The
strip we use is 2400 feet long with trees, and with half dozen
ex-test pilot types on the field, everyone gets to be ribbed with
the 'ya gonna log all three of those', meaning the bouncing on the
runway. I've always been prideful of my landings, so after the
installation, I had to get used to the slower speeds, first time, I
floated halfway down the runway. The next time and all afterwards
were, in my opinion, quite respectable. It's almost unfair to say
I'm landing now, as it's a no-brainer. Every one has always
commented on how well N8175B performs, speedwise and in handling.
For a 1956-172, it's in pretty good shape.
believe that your product is the single best value-to dollar ration
in any aspect of the aviation community today. If earlier
on, I'd known what it would do, I truly would expect to pay a good
bit more. The fit, finish, and completeness of a the kit, not to
mention how easy it is to get support from Horton, should be a model
for some the kit-plane industry. I can't say enough about your
product. At the cost of 0.03% of a bigger engine installation, I can
take off in the same distance of the 'manly Cessnas'!"
- Stephen Thompson -
"I now have over 35 hours on
my 1962 Skyhawk with your STOL kit and Flap Gap Seal Kit installed
and I love it! I have flown from Tulsa to Colorado a couple of
times, my cruise speed is the same or maybe 1-2 mph faster now. Your
kits made a new and different airplane out of a Cessna! Thank you
for an excellent product.
- Harper -
"Bought the STOL kit this past
year for my 1957 C-182 and am super happy with it. My grass strip is
short, bumpy, uphill most days and ends abruptly over the Pacific
Ocean. The STOL really makes a huge difference. Thanks."
- Mark Harris -