N1297F is an excellent example of a beautifully refurbished Cessna C-172N. This aircraft has new paint, new leather seats and side panels, new headliner, new plastics, new glass, seatbelts and carpet. Avionics include a Garmin 430 and Garmin Aera 510 for additional awareness.
We completed the refurbishment by adding a Horton STOL Kit for improved climb rate and lower stall speeds. The Horton STOL Conversion will give the advantage of taking-off and landing at a slower speed, obtain better performance at high altitudes, with better aileron control at low speeds, reduce the tendency to spin and reduce the stall speed.
The slow landing performance is not your main concern but safety is. The Horton STOL conversion will provide that extra margin of safety. In the event of an engine failure and you are forced to land in an unfamiliar area, the STOL conversion gives you more time and control of your airplane by allowing you to reduce forward airspeed, while reducing the sink rate.
There are many components to the STOL kit, but here are the two most visible.
Wing Foil Modification
Very important is the addition of a special leading edge which increases the leading edge profile. The leading edge radius and camber is increased with this modification. Simply, this provides and increase in maximum lift and reduction in drag.
As you recall from your flight training days, modern general aviation aircraft are designed in such a manner that the stall starts at the inboard portion of the wing and then moves outwards as the angle of attack is increased. The HORTON STOL-CRAFT stall fence controls the stall span wise progression and therefore maintains longer aileron effectiveness through higher angles of attack. As a result, the low speed handling qualities of the aircraft are greatly enhanced.