The cat started her life as a customer demo model for the local BVM rep. Lasse Palm. I have done a midlife update to the airframe since then with new airlines/servos and a complete new finish.
The Kingcat is fully covered with Flitemetal and detailed with custom painting and markings from PRO-Mark and Callie Graphics. My idea was to create a feeling of a fighter jet from the Air Guard from the 60´s (the look of the sleek F-100).
The outcome turned out great I think!
I consume a lot of jets and always when I come back to the BVM models I feel that extra touch of quality. Still a huge difference compared to other brands even though the design soon is 15 years old.
All the best from Sweden
Terry and Sheila Nitsch ready for the KingCat Jet Demo at the Cleveland National Air Show.
From: Jay Moorhaj
Editors Note: Jay Moorhaj is from Pasadena, Texas
From: Behzad Pakzad
After a few months of continuous rain, in Issaquah, Wa. for the first time this year, we were able to fly Jets and they are all BVM produced or sold models because they are most reliable and make the start of the season enjoyable.
From Left to right: Michael Scoles (Bobcat),
Roberto Flores (Hawk), Behzad Pakzad (KingCat), Bill Broderick
Tim R and I flew the KingCat Saturday at Illini Jet Rally! Dustin helped us convert to Spectrum DX 18, and we flew with no problems what so ever! Thanks to you and everyone at BVM!
Will send another photo of Tim and I with the cat powering up!
From: Boli Muentes
Here is a picture of Lukey Martinez's twin engine powered KingCat that we flew at Kentucky. We put over 20 flights on it at the show and it performed flawlessly as it always does!
BVM NOTE: This modification is not available from BVM.
From: Jack Studnik
Mike Oberst from Georgetown, SC has reason to smile after the first two flights on his new KingCat in the Fly Navy color scheme accomplished on 10-23-2014.
A JetCat P-120 power and JR guidance has been a great combination for KingCats over the years, and this one is certainly no exception.
Mike reports that it flew right off the board with no trim changes required and is very smooth and easy to land. It is a welcome addition to his hangar.
This is a testament to a time proven combination.
Owner of the plane Michael TK with dark blue T shirt while next to me, Mr Alex with son.. Photo was taken 2008. Dec. 28 at Laya Laya flying field, State of Sabah, Malaysia. Plane was maiden in 2005 October, more than 1000 flights. Took off and landing up to date now with 300+-hours logged with Ecu.
Plane still in beautiful shape and good condition till now..
Rex Briant from Canton, Georgia is very pleased with his DX18 guided, JetCat powered KingCat. The "Fly Navy" scheme shows well against any sky condition.
From: R. Michael Danchak, MD
To the BVM Team,
I started flying the Kingcat last August. The plane now has 56 flawless flights. It is very comfortable to fly with great performance and visibility. Radio is a Spectrum 18 channel with telemetry, and the turbine is a Jetcat P 160SX. I am using gyros on both aileron channels as well as on the rudder. The gyros add to the excellent stability of the plane. The "enhanced cockpit" was done using a single-seat Ultra Bandit cockpit kit, which worked well with minimal modifications. The wing tanks look great both on the ground and in the air, and they decrease the airspeed by about 5 mph for a given throttle setting.
Thanks for the great product support. This one is hard to beat!
Hello BVM. Maidened my new Kingcat this weekend at Bomber Field in Houston Texas. Bob Covish was my wingman. First flight with no wing tanks. All went well with minimal elev trim changes. Attached the wing tanks and took off for flight #2. SUCCESS again. No trim changes for flight, TO flaps or Landing flaps. Engineering pays off again.
Thanks for the kits. They are amazing.
Eric Conrad, Misha Conrad, and Pablo Fernandez with a BVM Ultra Bandit and KingCat.
I just wanted to forward you some pictures along with letting you know how pleased Eric Conrad is with the BVM products, Elite Aerosports turnkey service, and flight training. Eric has been able to progress from never flying a jet, to successfully flying and landing in less than a week and a half. The BVM products and Elite Aerosports services have really proven how valuable they are to jet modeling. Keep an eye out at the shows, Eric is an outstanding pilot and person.
This is Wilian from Brazil. Celso De Santi has assembled my beautiful KingCat with a P160sx. It's so far my best flying jet! I really love it!
As always, the best performance and quality from BVM.
Greetings From Xalapa, Veracruz....Mexico
Thought you might like to see a couple of photos taken a few weeks ago. EVERYONE was blown away by my KingCat! Especially the Admiral who I let work the throttle & smoke!
In a direct response to a White House call to action, the acclaimed Philadelphia based non-profit URBAN YOUTH RACING SCHOOL (UYRS) is joining forces with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to fast track a new initiative to improve Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education and proficiency among urban college bound primary through high school students. Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, NAVSEA commander and UYRS Founder Anthony Martin were both on hand for this historic announcement at the Philadelphia NAVY YARD. Admiral McCoy then went to UYRS headquarters for a special tour.
Ramon Lozano Yuste
How are you? I hope you are doing well.
We have just arrived from Jet-Power. The event was wonderful for us and for all the BVM and Jet-Central team. In our stand we showed our BVM stuff and all the people were really interested. We did a really good performance with the Ultra Bandit and the KingCat. People were really impressed. It was a very good promotion because we were unique flying BVM stuff.
In addition we installed a GPS on my plane connected to a big screen and all the public could see the telemetry real time. This attracted a lot of people on our slot. People were surprised with the telemetry values.
I am sending you some pictures I hope you enjoy.
On June 13th, 2012 I was invited to participate in a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) volunteer recruitment & student outreach event hosted by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Department of The US NAVY in Washington DC. Various organizations who partner with the NAVY came to help recruit new volunteers to go out and educate our nation's youth about the importance of STEM in their futures. For the past 7 years I have mentored with the Urban Youth Racing School, a non profit organization based in Philadelphia PA that teaches inner city youth about the various opportunities in motor sports as well as STEM. The UYRS partners with the US NAVY and their Naval Engine Design Program. On display in our booth were my BVM King Cat (Navy scheme, how fitting) & my daughter's trainer airplane. Hands down the jet was a big hit! All throughout the event, I answered numerous questions about the workings of my King Cat as well as the JetCat turbine. The engineers were impressed by the technology involved with our models. This summer I will head a new class for the UYRS; the Urban Youth Racing School Aviation Program. For 8 weeks, 10 students will get extensive classroom as well as hands on field instruction on how to successfully pilot an RC airplane. Our goal is to motivate some of the next generation of aviators!
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that without your product, our booth wouldn't have received the attention that it got! It was a pleasure representing BVM Jets at such an important event! Keep up the good work team!
Ramon Lozano Yuste
Last weekend we went to the most important event in Spain, Bellota jet. It was the first time that we went to this event with the KingCat and the people loved it! Really fast with the JetCentral Cheetah on it. I am sending you some pictures and video. Also, you can see in the pictures important people from the council really interested in the plane.
It is the best jet that we flown till now. We maiden this jet on 5//6/2012 and no trim was needed at all. It is flying very smooth. It can go really slow and really fast.
Excellent Video: KingCat with Cheetah Power
Raul Lozano Yuste
Ramon Lozano Yuste
Patty Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
This is Raul's sponsored KingCat
Raul's KingCat, as is BVM's demo, are powered by the JetCentral 31 Lb. thrust Cheetah. It's an excellent plane/engine combination. BVM's demo KingCat does not use a F.O.D. screen. We have not found it to be necessary.
in your factory everything is fine and you had all great X-Mas!
Attached find 2 pictures of me and my son flying our BVM Jets.
I just maiden my KingCat this Saturday. More than 6 flights on the maiden day. I am using a 12X radio on 2.4 Ghz and a JetCat P-160 SX. The best plane that I ever flew, congratulations for you guys at BVM Jets!
From: George Walker
I just wanted you to know how helpful Dan Avilla was last week. Skeet Hunt and I had two BVM birds that we needed help with first trim flights. Skeet's was a Bandit he recently purchased and mine was a new KingCat. We were guests at Dan's home and he spent two days helping us set them up and doing the first trim flights. Both Skeet and I really appreciated his time and hospitality.
From: Ary Figueira
To: Patty Generali
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 7:35 AM
Subject: 1º FigueiraJet
Hi again Patty,
More pics. from 1º FigueiraJet
From: Zenon Pierides
I purchased the BVM King Cat from you at 2004. We are still flying and enjoying it with my friend and builder Zenon on the left of the picture who is also an old client of yours. We took these nice professional pictures with smoke on September 11th, 2010 and we thought it would be nice to share them with you and also remember 9/11. The set up is a JetCat P160SX with jet Cat Smoke Pump, all jr radio and servos!!
From: leopoldo ruiz
Just wanted to share with you that I made the maiden on the Kingcat last Saturday. I put on 3 flights and 2 more yesterday. Everything worked perfectly, just as I expected. I am using a 12X radio on 2.4 Ghz and a Jet Central Rhino engine, that puts more than the power needed even though we fly at 8000 ft. above the sea level. I am enclosing a couple of pictures, also notice that I am not alone anymore flying jets at my field, Juan Pablo is having a lot of fun with his turbine Electra.
Thanks a lot for all the BVM support.
From: Lasse Palm
Dear Bob, Patty, Dustin, and the rest of the BVM Gang,
I have recently gotten my new Kingcat in the air and couldn’t be more pleased with the performance! I am powering this one with the new Jetcat P160SX, and am using a JR 12X with a JR 1222 receiver for guidance. My previous Kingcat was a “Gen 1” and I didn’t think an airframe could have a wider flight envelope until now. You have up’d the bar once again with the larger strake … the slow speed handling and stability are amazing! I am also using the newly offered trailing link gear for grass ops with great success. Your attention to detail and continuous improvement to already excellent products are well appreciated.
I would like to thank Dustin and Patty for the excellent technical and product support during my building process. I plan to apply a custom finish over the winter along with adding lighting to the airframe. I’ll send updated pics when finished, but have attached photos from this past weekend until then. I look forward to many fun flights ahead!
Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing the BVM gang at a jet event in the near future.
From: Cesar Quero
Paul Gourgue has been flying D/F and jet models in France for 25 years. He is very fond of his KingCat with JetCat P-120 power. His comments include: "It is a very professional kit that flies quite well and has a wide envelop of speed from very slow to very fast."
Paul's grass field appears to be vast and uncluttered.
From: Miguel Santana
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 10:34 AM
Finally yesterday I maiden my KingCat...and it was awesome. I'm of those guys who like to spend time enjoying the building process...and doing modifications in order to "improve" is also one of my diseases to provide the plane with a "personal touch".
Well...this jet is personal. It comes that way....and a really had good time following your extremely well made manual that for my taste shows the respect you guys have for your customers.
Thanks for your patience and kind attention during my calls and give my regards and congratulations to your father.
From: Leon Smith
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 9:03 AM
Subject: Omar's KingCat
Hi Bob, we test flew Omar AlGahanim's KingCat powered by a JetCat Titan today. Another happy customer!. Here is pictured Omar's cousin, myself, Omar and Darryl Tarr. First flight was under the supervision of Darryl and myself.
We have a few more first flights planned for this season of flying.
Leon W Smith
BVM Distributor, Middle East
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Alan Blore of Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the first annual High River Jet Rally with his new KingCat. Alan now has about a dozen flights and is very enthusiastic about it's flight characteristics and quality. His KingCat is powered with a PST 1300 R and guided by a JR 10X.
Fritz Heer of Switzerland received one of the very first KingCat's with the new red/yellow/white color scheme. Fritz is enjoying his new model and looks forward to logging many flights this year.
Steve Harpole of Union City, Tennessee visiting central Florida to get the initial test flights accomplished on his KingCat. This is Steve's first jet and he chose to power it with a JetCat P-120 and he's obviously gotten the "bug" as his hangar now includes a red/yellow KingCat and the latest project is a Bandit ARF.
The jet crowd in Doha, Qatar is enjoying there KingCat's! From the left are Nasser Al Rabban, Abdul Aziz Al Rabban, Khalid Al-Khater and Jabor Al-Thani. Khalid (3rd from left) is the owner of The Hobby Land (BVM dealer in Qatar) and keeps the jet enthusiasts happy with a great supply of kits and parts.
Dr. Itima of Hiroshima, Japan has now logged over 100 flights on his KingCat. His local BVM dealer, JetSet Japan supplies Dr. Itima with all of his jet needs.
Mike and Carole Tipping of Bromsgrove, England take a break after a good day of flying. Mike is using a JetCat P-120 to power his KingCat and says "it was a joy to build and superb to fly".
Barros of Bogota, Colombia is logging flight time on this NAVY KingCat with
JetCat P-120 power. Helmuth flies with fellow jet enthusiast Christian Daes
from Barranquilla, Colombia.
It's obvious how Helmuth feels after flying the KingCat!
Tony Huber from Renton, Washington exercised his KingCat at the recent Jets Over Whidbey event. Tony is using a JetCat P-120 for power and chose the NAVY color scheme painted-in-the-mold finish.
Larry Noble of San Diego, California is proud of his custom finished "Miss America" KingCat. Larry is using a JR10X radio with a JetCat P-120 for power and has added the clear canopy and detailed the cockpit area. He notes that it needed no trim during the test flight and Larry is very pleased with the product.
Kevin Barr and Don Luce of Minnesota are enjoying their KingCat's with JetCat Titan power. They say the Titan is a great match for the KingCat and are looking forward to logging many flights on their BVM jets.
Don Winn finished his first BVM Jet - a new
white KingCat in just under 3 weeks. Don's KingCat is powered by an AMT AT-280
and guided by a JR radio. BVM Rep Tim Redelman assisted in making sure Don was
all set to go with his initial flights and Don's remarks about the aircraft
were "This is the best jet I have ever built, every part was in the kit
from screws to clevises, and the flying qualities are the best I have ever seen!"
Alan Thomas finished his KingCat with a personal touch using pink and purple over the white base. Alan is from Australia and says (quote) "The KingCat is a superb model, the more I fly it the more I like it."
Darryl Tarr of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is no stranger to owning a BVM jet and his latest aircraft is this orange/blue KingCat with JetCat P-160 power. Darryl's KingCat is geared up with a JR10X radio and Duralite Batteries so he can get many flights before recharging.
Darryl flew his new bird recently and expressed complete satisfaction with it. Some flying field there!
Dan Johnson of St. George, Utah finished his basic white KingCat in this patriotic color scheme. A JetCat P-120 is used for power and Dan had some custom airbrush work done on the wings that really make this one stand out!
(top photo) Ray Blair, Jay Moorhaj and Jose E. Rodriguez with their new KingCats after maiden flights in Monaville, TX. (bottom photo) Lee and Joel Rodriguez enjoy dad's new KingCat as time allows with their busy college schedules. They all comment that the KingCat's are excellent flying machines.
BVM Dealer, Andy Sheldon (Jetline) of Worcestershire, England says that the KingCat is an excellent flier and only required 2 clicks of trim during the test flight. Andy is using a JetCat P-120 for power on his KingCat.
Bennie van de Goor of AMT Netherlands is enjoying many flights on his custom painted KingCat equipped with the electric start Pegasus H.P. turbine.
Henry Cooper has been busy with the assembly and custom finishing of several KingCats in England. Henry says that the KingCat goes together nicely and provides a prime canvas for his custom paintwork.
Patrick Lemonnier (right) of PL Products in France is enjoying his JetCat P-120 powered KingCat in the Stars & Bars color scheme. Patrick is working on a BVM Super Bandit and is excited about his recent transition into turbine jet flying.
Zenon Pierides (right) and good friend Vakis Yiangou (left) assembled this KingCat with a clear canopy kit and is using a JetCat P-200 for power. Zenon and Vakis are from Cyprus and are enjoying their BVM jets.
BVM Rep Mark Taylor has been logging many sorties on his NAVY KingCat equipped with a JetCat P-120. Mark adapted a set of Super Bandit pylons to the booms so he can drop his Snake-Eye bombs with accuracy.
BVM Rep Harley Condra is enjoying his red, white and blue KingCat with a JetCat P-120 for power and a Tamjets smoke system with the Duralite "Jet Pack" battery system. Harley says the "Crow" in the flight control program is on a flight mode, which keeps the pilot workload down, and the added sink rate really helps the landings.
Joe Grice did it again, this time he Flite-Metal'd an entire KingCat complete with rivets and used Pro-Mark markings and nomenclature. Joe installed an AMT USA AT-400 for plenty of vertical performance.
Here are a couple KingCat's from San Diego. As Paul Bageman once said, "a pair of Kings is better than a pair of Queens anyday" - quote reference is to flying all afternoon instead of doing the house chores. Paul and Buck Garza are having a blast with them and typically put in 5-7 flights a piece each time they go out. Bags has in excess of 70 flights on his but Buck is gaining rapidly. They're both using the Duralite KingCat pack and lovin' every minute of it.
Vern and Larry Kramer sent us this photo taken by Larry Taylor during a pass with smoke on. This KingCat has a signature red, white, blue and yellow paint job with an excellent finish and is powered by an AMT USA AT-400.
Jon Vance installed a JetCat P-120 with a JR 10X radio and Duralite batteries in his KingCat. After logging the first few flights, Jon said, "This jet flies like an IMAC airplane......the slow flight characteristics are very impressive."
Michael Lederer put on quite an impressive show at the recent "Best in the West" event with his newly acquired KingCat on JetCat power. Michael seems very happy with his machine.
Steven Ellzey finished his white KingCat in the famous "Miss America" Reno Racer scheme and uses a RAM 1000 for power.
Bob Covish from Austin, Texas finished up his white KingCat in his trademark scheme. A JetCat P-120 is being used for power and Bob says the flight performance is awesome. He'd like to thank Tom Dodgen, David Reid and Steven Ellzey for their help.
John Redman dressed up his U.S. Air Force painted KingCat with Pro-Mark sport jet insignias and nomenclature. A nice finishing touch. Sport jet rub-on transfers are available direct from Pro-Mark.
Christian Daes (center) of Barranquilla, Colombia owns this Stars
& Stripes KingCat that uses a JetCat P-120 for power. Alfonso "Canario"
Manjarres (builder - far right) finished up the model and maintains all of
Joe Grice has been logging many flights
on his yellow and blue KingCat on his farm in Northfield, Minnesota. Joe uses
an AMT USA AT-400 for power and says that he has no shortage on the verticals!
The KingCat landing gear and shock absorbing mounting system are working well
on Joe's grass strip.
Keith Sievers from Jacksonville, Florida sent us a nice letter copied below.
I just wanted to take a moment to express how
happy I am with the KingCat.
Scott Marr (left) from Dallas, Texas had Joey Tamez (right) finish his KingCat with their trademark sport jet scheme - red tops, white logos and bottom.
The newest BVM Rep - David Reid finished his KingCat in a unique blue camo scheme. David has logged many flights on his KingCat since its first outing at Superman '03. Some of these KingCats will look even better with the clear canopy/cockpit deck option - available soon.
David Carter from St. Petersburg, Fl received one of the early KingCats and has been enjoying flying it with P-120 power.
Manny Sanchez of Miami converted a go-cart carrier to ease the transport of big jets and equipment like his KingCat, from the pits to the flightline.
Vernon Montgomery of Mississippi received a plain white KingCat and finished it with this camo scheme and JetCat P-120 power. Color contrast makes even "CAMO" very visible.